11 Day Gulf Savannah Pioneer Tour (Darwin to Cairns)

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The Gulf Savannah "Pioneer" is an 11 day all overland camping safari along the Savannah Way from Cairns to Darwin or Darwin to Cairns through a land of real outback characters, bush pubs and wild yarns, wedge-tailed eagles and wallaroos, hot springs and cool rivers, and a rich history of Aboriginal culture, explorers and pioneers

11 Day Gulf Savannah Pioneer Tour (Darwin to Cairns)
From$3195 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Borroloola
  • Riversleigh Fossil Fields
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • Burketown
  • Leichhardt Falls
  • Normanton and Karumba
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Atherton Tableland

Tour Info

Code WC-PDC11
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 11 Days
Price From $3195

August - 02 & 22

Vehicle Coach
Suitability 7+ Years
Start Darwin @ Morning
Finish Cairns @ Evening

Make your own way to Darwin Coach Terminal to begin your adventure. Coach to Katherine (included). On arrival in Katherine you will be met by your Wilderness Challenge guide. We top up supplies in Katherine before making our way to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, our overnight camp.

Meal - Lunch, Dinner

An opportunity this morning to enjoy a cruise (optional) up the famous Katherine Gorge, bushwalk or simply relax. On to Mataranka for a therapeutic swim and relax in its crystal clear thermal pools. We camp nearby tonight. Dinner is at your own expense.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Leaving civilisation we travel to remote Roper Bar, where explorer Ludwig Leichhardt crossed the Roper River in 1845. South now we cross the Towns, Cox and Limmen Bight Rivers on the way to Butterfly Springs, our two night camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we visit Jandanku (Limmen) National Park to see spectacular carved sandstone pillars known as "Lost City" formations. Millions of years of water and wind erosion have sculptured an ancient seabed into these incredible shapes.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit Borroloola, infamous frontier town, for supplies before crossing into Queensland on the Queensland Road, now The Savannah Way, once used by the legendary "Overlanders". Tonight our camp is at a remote Gulf river.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On to Hell's Gate, Doomadgee and across the Nicholson River. Here we detour to travel across Lawn Hill Station, one of Queensland's most remote cattle properties. Adel's Grove, gateway to Lawn Hill National Park, is our two-night camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A leisurely day in the National Park to relax, swim, canoe (optional) and explore the many walking tracks at this unbelievable oasis. In the afternoon a chance to take a tour to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields (optional).

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Lawn Hill National Park we travel through spinifex clad ranges and across Mitchell Grass plains to the inviting Gregory River. On to the frontier town of Burketown where we camp tonight.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning across the "Plains Of Promise" to Leichhardt Falls before visiting Burke & Wills camp #119, the most northerly camp of the ill-fated 1860 expedition. We pass through Normanton before heading for Karumba on the Gulf Of Carpentaria, tonight's camp. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Return to Normanton en-route to the historic gulf towns of Croydon, Georgetown and Mt Surprise. Now a short way to our overnight camp at the famous Undara Lava Tubes.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you can join a tour of the Lava Tubes (optional), acclaimed as the largest and longest lava tube system in the world. Leaving the Tropical Savannahs behind we visit "The Crater" National Park and unique Curtain Fig Tree on the Atherton Tableland. This afternoon we arrive in Cairns bringing to an end your safari of adventure and discovery in Australia's Tropical Savannahs.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


  • Meals as coded
  • Accommodated Safaris - Twin-share accommodation (sole travellers must pay the Single Supplement)
  • Camping Safaris - twin-share safari tent, self-inflating 100mm thick mattress and fitted bottom sheet.
  • Guided tours and entry fees as specified
  • National Parks and Aboriginal Site fees.


  • Alcohol or soft drinks, tours and activities specified as "optional" in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags for camping safari (available for hire $25).
  • On Accommodated Safaris in remote areas most of the comforts and facilities of home are not available ... please do not expect them - this is the outback.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable and Casual Clothing.  It is possible to wash clothes periodically.
  • Footwear with ankle support and good grip soles 
  • Swimwear and insect repellent. 
  • Personal toiletries 
  • Medication. 
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. 
  • Towel 
  • Pillow
  • Binoculars & camera


  • Darwin to Cairns  Tour is also available 
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 6 passengers and a maximum of 13 passengers.
  • Flight times to be confirmed. Guests are to make their own way to the airport
  • Safaris are not suitable for children under 7 years. But We have carried many children who have had exciting and enriching experiences with their parents. 
  • Early season (May/June) tends to be the most adventurous time. late season (September/October) the weather is more settled. The most popular time is June, July and August
  • A maximum weight limit of 10kg per person


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