11 Day Gulf Savannah Pioneer Tour (Cairns To Darwin)

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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 (Cairns To Darwin)
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-PCD11
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 11 Days
Price From $3195

June - 02

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

Visit the Atherton Tableland's unique Curtain Fig Tree and "The Crater" National Park on the way to our first camp at Undara. Here you can explore the Lava Tubes (optional), acclaimed as the largest and longest lava tube system in the world.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pass through the historic gulf towns of Mt Surprise, Georgetown and Croydon. Visit Normanton, home of the historic "Gulflander" train on the way to our camp at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

& Wills camp #119

Travel to Burke & Wills camp #119, the most northerly camp of the ill-fated 1860 expedition. On to Leichhardt Falls and beyond across the "Plains of Promise" to Burketown where we camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

­_Adel's Grove

Mitchell Grass plains, spinifex clad ranges and the inviting Gregory River on the way to our two-night camp at Adel's Grove, gateway to Lawn Hill National Park.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A leisurely day in Lawn Hill 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

Across the vast expanse of Lawn Hill cattle station to the Queensland Road, now the "The Savannah Way", once used by the legendary "Overlanders". On past Hell's Gate we cross into the Northern Territory to a bush camp at the Robinson River, a favourite spot of "The Bush Tucker Man".

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue west to Borroloola, infamous frontier town, for supplies then on to Butterfly Springs for two nights.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we venture into 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

Travel on the "Great North Road" to remote Roper Bar, where explorer Ludwig Leichhardt crossed in 1845. Now the Roper Highway on our way to Mataranka Hot Springs to swim and relax in the crystal clear thermal pool. We camp at Mataranka tonight. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Supplies in Katherine before Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park where you can relax, bushwalk or enjoy a cruise on the famous gorge (optional). We camp in the National Park tonight.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will be taken to Katherine Coach Terminal to travel on your coach to Darwin (included). Safari terminates at Darwin Coach Terminal.

Meal - Breakfast


  • All meals as coded in itinerary, Camping equipment except sleeping bags, All National Parks and Aboriginal Site fees, Coach between Katherine and Darwin


  • 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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