CSR Well

AROUND AUSTRALIA EPIC ADVENTURE


PRICE FROM
AU $19500


DURATION
123 Days


DISTANCE
21570km


START LOCATION
BYRON BAY, NSW


NEXT DEPARTURE
14th May 2019

PERCENTAGE OF BITUMEN / DIRT: 10/90 %

AVERAGE DISTANCE PER DAY:

GROUP SIZE: 6 to 10 Vehicles

GLAMPING OPTION: 65 out of 123 days

TOUR START LOCATION: BYRON BAY, NSW

TOUR FINISH LOCATION: BYRON BAY, NSW

ACCOMMODATION: BUSH CAMP & CAMPGROUND

TOUR GRADE: MORE INFORMATION

HIGHLIGHTS & WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Old Telegraph Track
  • Bush Camps
  • Fishing
  • El Questro
  • Northernmost Tip of Australia
  • Bloomfield Track
  • WW2 Wrecks
  • Starke Track
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • Gibb River Road
  • Weipa Tour
  • Eliott/Twin Falls
  • Simpson Desert
  • Birdsville Pub
  • Gunbarrel Highway
  • Ayers Rock
  • Lambert Centre
  • Poeppel Corner
  • Dalhousie Hot Springs
  • Gibson Desert
  • The French Line
  • Carnegie Station
  • The Olgas
  • London Bridge
  • Big Red
  • Kings Canyon
  • Canning Stock Route
  • Hamlin Pool Stromatolites
  • Glen Helen Gorge
  • Chambers Pillar
  • Burke & Wills Dig Tree
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • 24 more evening meals
  • Accredited guide with senior first aid
  • Bush showers where water is available
  • 4WD backup vehicle
  • UHF Radio & Satellite phone
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • National Park permits and camping fees
  • BBQ plate at each camp
  • Licensed and accredited tour operator

ABOUT THIS TOUR

'This is the Big One. A full lap of Australia, zigzagging to get to all of the most interesting parts of Australia's Outback. What more can we say. "This trip goes everywhere that's worth going."

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DATE

14th May, 2019

AVAILABILITY

9 SPOTS LEFT

ADDITIONAL COST DETAILS

Extra Adult: $3950                              Extra Child: $2900

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ITINERARY

Day 1.

Byron Bay to Condamine River 220km (B D)

This tour kicks off at the Easternmost point of Australia. After a photo or two at Cape Byron its time to turn West. With a mix of gravel roads and blacktop we get to the Condamine River. The drive along the river is breathtaking with over 10 river crossings after we leave Killarney. The afternoon's driving is mainly on gravel country roads to our overnight bush camp on the banks of the Condamine. With day 1 complete it’s time to tell a few stories around the camp fire.


Day 2. 

Condamine River to Barakula 433km (B)


Day 3.

Barakula to Injune 327km (C M R)


Day 4. 

Injune to Dargonelly Rock Hole 126km (C)


Day 5. 

Dargonelly Rock Hole to Barcoo River 289km (B)


Day 6. 

Barcoo River to Horsetailers Gorge 275km (B)


Day 7. 

Horsetailers Gorge to Hughenden 556km (C D R)


Day 8. 

Hughenden to Porcupine Gorge 62km (C)


Day 9. 

Porcupine Gorge to Undara 317km (C M R)


Day 10. 

Undara to Cairns 240 km (C D R)

On our way to Cairns we travel through old goldfields and there are traces of bygone days everywhere. Most of today's driving is on sealed roads as we head back towards the coast and civilization. One last stop at the Kuranda markets before heading down the Range and on to Cairns. After settling in to our campground it's time for a get together and a meal in town.


Day 11.

Cairns Free Day (C M R)

Cairns has a lot of tourist activities to offer. You might want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, go on a Crabbing trip down the river or go to Green Island. There are also plenty of things to do on land like visiting the new Cairns Aquarium. It’s incredible. There is something for everyone here.


Day 12.

Cairns Free Day (C M R)

Today is another free day. It’s a good chance to spend a bit of time making sure your vehicle is 100% as tomorrow we head off on the Cape York leg of this trip Around Australia. Today is also your last opportunity to stock up and provision for the next few weeks as there aren’t all that many supermarkets north of Cairns.


Day 13.

Cairns to Chillagoe 205km (C D R)

Today we head west again. Leaving Cairns behind we head back over the range to the tablelands past the rich soil of the North’s food basket. We continue further west and into the goldfields before arriving at Chillagoe and a tour of the Chillagoe – Mungana Caves. After setting up camp it's off for a meal at the restaurant.


Day 14. 

Chillagoe to Maytown (B)

Today is all dirt roads as we turn north and continue deep into the Palmer River Goldfield. The site of Australia’s richest alluvial field. The going gets a bit rough in places but we aren’t in a hurry so we can take it easy. Mid afternoon we arrive at the ruins of Maytown. There are remnants of the gold rush everywhere. It's great fun just poking about and checking the place out.

 


Day 15. 

Maytown to  Jowalbinna (C M R)

Even though today's destination is only 30km away, it will take us all day. The old road north is very rough these days so we detour around. Even so, the road out is still rocky and slow going. But at the same time the scenery is stunning. After we get back on to the blacktop it's easy going for a few hours as we pass through Lakeland, then stop at Laura for a look around town. The short afternoon drive into Jowalbinna is on a well formed dirt road. The campgrounds here are fantastic with nice hot showers and a roaring campfire, where you might hear a yarn or two.


Day 16. 

Jowalbinna to Musgrave Station (C M R)

After breakfast we head off on the very informative tour of the Aboriginal Rock Art. Then it's back on a mixture of gravel and sealed roads to our overnight destination at the old Musgrave Telegraph Station.


Day 17. 

Musgrave Station to Merluna Station (C M R)

We continue north on the Peninsular Development Road (PRD) today. The road is quite good with a mixture of gravel and bitumen. It’s a nice easy day with plenty of photo opportunities. We stop in at Coen for a lunch stop and a refuel. We arrive at Merluna Station early afternoon.


Day 18. 

Merluna Station to Weipa (C D R)

After a short drive to the mining town of Weipa, we take a tour of the mine early in the afternoon. Then you have the rest of the day to look around town before dinner in town.


Day 19. 

Weipa to Bramwell Station (C M R)

You have a further chance to explore the town before a noon departure. We take the Batavia Downs shortcut through to the PDR, then continue north to Bramwell Station.


Day 20. 

Bramwell Station to Captain Billy Landing (B)

If you like a bit of beach fishing, then tonight's camp is a spot for you. We've caught plenty of delicious meals on this beach over the years.


Day 21. 

Captain Billy Landing to Eliott / Twin Falls (C)

After the windy track from Captain Billy Landing back to the PRD, we continue north to Fruit Bat Falls. The first of 3 waterfalls for the day. Our camp is at the picturesque Eliot/Twin Falls where the swimming is first rate.


Day 22. 

Eliott / Twin Falls to Loyalty Beach (C M R)

Continuing north on the PRD we cross the Jardine River on the ferry. It’s a short 50m crossing. We stop in at a WW2 wreck on our way to Loyalty Beach.


Day 23. 

Loyalty Beach - Free Day (C D R)

We drive to "The Tip" today. We try and time the tide so we have a nice easy walk the last 400m to the most northern point of mainland Australia.


Day 24. 

Loyalty Beach (C M R)

Today is a free day to catch up on bits and pieces, do a bit of fishing or just check out the local sights.


Day 25. 

Loyalty Beach to Nolans Brook (B)

We turn south today and retrace our steps down to the Jardine River. After the crossing and a short section of the PRD, we turn east on to the "Old Telegraph Track". The going for the rest of the day is a bit slower as the track is quite challenging. We make camp at Nolans Brook. This is a fantastic swimming spot.


Day 26. 

Nolans Brook to Eliott / Twin Falls (C)

The first challenge of the morning is to get across Nolans Brook. This crossing is infamous for drowning vehicles. We've done it plenty of times and we will get you across safely. The rest of the day is spent tackling the Telegraph Track. Some of the creek crossings will test your 4WD abilities and your vehicle. We finish with a swim at Eliot Falls.


Day 27. 

Elott / Twin Falls to Dulhunty River (B)

After a morning swim and a short stint back on the PDR, we arrive at Cockatoo Creek and the start of the Southern section of the "Old Telegraph Track". Before getting to our overnight camp we tackle "Gunshot Creek". This technical crossing catches a few novices out. But we are there to guide you through. After successfully crossing 6 creeks today, we end at the beautiful Dulhunty River. This is a great camp spot with a safe swimming spot by the small waterfall.


Day 28. 

Dulhunty River to Moreton Station (C M R)

After yesterday's big day, today is a bit easier. The final crossing of the "Telegraph Track" at Palm Creek is a tough one. The winch will get a workout on this one. Not long after the crossing we finish the "Old Telegraph Track" at Bramwell Junction. We continue on the PDR in the afternoon, collecting some firewood along the way to our overnight camp at Morton Station.


Day 29. 

Morton Station to Coen (C D R)

We continue on the PDR all day today. It’s a nice easy day with a stop at Archer River. They make the famous "Archer Burger". The best burger on the Cape. It's also a nice spot for a swim in the Archer River. We finish the day at Coen. There is a general store here so you can replenish your stocks. We have dinner at the Exchange Hotel.


Day 30. 

Coen to Kalpowar Crossing (C)

Half an hour after leaving Coen, we turn off the PDR for the last time and head east towards the coast. Turning onto the Running Creek track we engage 4WD again. This fun track takes us all the way to Lily Vale Station and back on to a graded road. A little bit further on we enter the magical Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park. There are lots of things to see on the way to our overnight camp at Kalpowar Crossing.


Day 31. 

Kalpowar Crossing to Starke River (B)

There are barramundi to be caught in the Normanby River. So, if you fancy a feed of fish then an early morning cast may be well worth it. After we cross the Normanby River we turn onto the Starke Track. This track is scenic with a few tricky spots to keep you on your toes. Tonight's bush camp is always one of my favourites and our last bush camp of the trip.


Day 32. 

Starke River to Lions Den Hotel (C M R)

Leaving the Starke Track behind, we make our way into Cooktown. We have time to look around, have a coffee and drive up to the top of Mt Cook, to take in the same view that Captain Cook saw when he was planning his exit. If you are keen for a fish then there are fish to be caught on the town jetty if the tide is right. After Cooktown we head to our overnight camp at the famous Lions Den Hotel.


Day 33. 

Lions Den Hotel to Cairns (C D R)

Today's drive is very scenic. We pass through World Heritage areas and stop at Cape Tribulation where the reef meets the rainforest. We continue south to our final destination in Cairns. After settling in to your accommodation, we meet up in the evening for a farewell dinner and tall stories from the past 10 days.


Day 34.

Cairns - Free Day (C M R)

Cairns has a lot of tourist activities to offer. You might want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, go on a Crabbing trip down the river or go to Green Island. There are also plenty of things to do on land, like visiting the new Cairns Aquarium.


Day 35.

Cairns - Free Day (C M R)

Today is a good chance to provision for the next leg of the trip. It’s a long way between supply stops as we head west.


Day 36.

Cairns to Undara Resort (C D R)

We meet in Cairns and after a briefing, the first part of the trip is a short drive through town then up and over Kuranda Range to the tablelands. We wind our way west through the old gold mining area and then get on to the dirt road for the first part of the Adventure. We wind down the other side of the range and deep into cattle country. We arrive at Undara Resort just after lunch and after settling in, we have a tour of the lava tubes. After the tour we all meet up again for a Welcome Dinner in the restaurant.


Day 37.

Undara Resort to Cobold Gorge (C M R)

After breakfast we carry on west along station roads and through small outback towns. Arriving at Cobold Gorge in the afternoon for a tour of this magnificent natural wonder.


Day 38.

Cobold Gorge to Normanton (B M)

Our destination today is our first Bush Camp of the trip on the banks of the Norman River.


Day 39.

Normanton to Lawn Hill (C D R)

We have a big day ahead today as the roads start to deteriorate and we start to see some small river crossings. Continuing southwest we stop in at Leighardt Falls. Then on to our refuel point at Gregory Downs. As we continue west we drive into the afternoon sun and get to Adels Grove and the Lawn Hill National Park.


Day 40.

Lawn Hill to Surprise Creek (B)

We head off for an amazing drive and our first taste of real river crossings. Some quite deep. We cross a dozen or two water crossings today. Heading into Savannah country and once again heading north. Our first stop is at Hells Gate for a refuel, then we continue to our lunch stop near the Queensland/Northern Territory border. Now into the Northern Territory, we continue along the Savannah Highway. If we get there early enough, our camp tonight is one of the best camp spots you will ever see. We even have our own waterfall. If there are already people there, then the alternative spot isn't too shabby either.


Day 41.

Surprise Creek to Lorella Springs (C M R)

It’s hard to leave this campsite, but after another bush breakfast we head off early and continue north across numerous rivers to our refuel at Borroloola. On the way to our lunch spot on the Tawallah Range you’ll notice that the road deteriorates and becomes ideal for four wheel driving. After lunch we continue north and cross some big rivers. Our camp tonight is at Lorella Springs.


Day 42.

Lorella Springs Free Day (C M R)

There’s a good chance of a Barra for dinner tonight if we get a lure in the water before dark, but keep an eye out for the crocs.


Day 43.

Lorella Springs to Towns River (C M)

If you haven't had any luck with the fishing, then there's another chance in the afternoon as we setup camp on the banks of the Towns River.


Day 44.

Towns River to Mataranka (C D R)

We follow the Roper River west to the small community of Roper Bar. After a refuel and a short stint on the blacktop, we get to the oasis called Mataranka Homestead Resort. This is a great spot for a swim in the crystal clear waters. We meet up again in the evening for dinner.


Day 45.

Mataranka to Katherine Gorge (C M R)

There is time for a morning dip before we turn on to the Stuart Highway and head north to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge). We arrive at noon, so there is plenty of time to take in one of the many tours or just relax around the pool.


Day 46.

Katherine Gorge to Kakadu (C M R)

Today is a big day after yesterday's short drive. We continue north on the Stuart Highway then turn on to the Kakadu Highway . We pass through old gold mining areas before entering Kakadu National Park. The scenery is breathtaking as we make our way to our 2 night stop at Gagadju Lodge.


Day 47.

Kakadu Free Day (C M R)

There are plenty of tours and excursions to do here. So plan ahead to get the most out of your time at Kakadu.


Day 48.

Kakadu to Mary River (C M R)

Today is our last off-road day of the trip. In fact there are a couple of challenging sections. We spend all day on the Old Jim Jim Road. There are a few water crossings and some magical scenery. By mid afternoon we arrive at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat and it's time for a swim in one of the pools.


Day 49.

Mary River to Darwin (C D R)


Day 50.

Darwin to Sandy Creek Falls (C)


Day 51.

Sandy Creek Falls to Grove Hill (B)


Day 52.

Grove Hill to Victoria River (C D R)


Day 53.

Victoria River to Fig Tree Yard (B)


Day 54.

Fig Tree Yard to Kalkarinji (C)

Today's drive is something else. The whole day is spent on tight 4wd tracks. It’s rocky, sandy and muddy with heaps of river crossings. Today’s travel is first class. We usually catch a Barra or 2 at our lunch spot, so more than likely it will be fresh Barra on the BBQ tonight. As we continue south after lunch we are still driving some of the best tracks the Northern Territory has to offer, before we get to our overnight camp at Kalkarinji and Barra for dinner.


Day 55.

Kalkarinji to Nicholson River (B)

After a morning stop for fuel and supplies at the Kalkarindji Community store we turn west on the Buntine Highway. The Buntine is one of the North’s great ‘Cattle Roads’. The driving today is very similar to day 3. We travel through vast tracts of grasslands. We are deep into the NT’s best Cattle Country. The driving today is a big change from yesterday. We get a chance to relax as we head into the afternoon sun, cross into Western Australia and our camp on the Nicholson River.


Day 56.

Nicholson River to Lake Argyle Village (C M R)


Day 57.

Lake Argyle Village to El Questro (C D R)

The destination today is the famous El Questro Station. We leave Lake Argyle and into Kununurra where you have some time to look around and provision with fresh produce and restock the beer. After a refuel we cross the massive Ord River and continue west on the blacktop for half an hour then hit the eastern end of Gibb River Road. A short blast on the corrugations and we arrive at El Questro.


Day 58.

El Questro - Free Day (C M R)


Day 59.

El Questro to Barnett River (C M R)

After a sleep in and breakfast we continue deep into the Kimberleys. The views are stunning and the river crossings are great fun. You will find yourself stopping all morning to take photos. The Kimberley region of Western Australia is breathtaking. We spend all day on the Gibb River Road before arriving at our camp spot on the banks of the Barnett River.


Day 60.

Barnett River to Windjarna Gorge (C)

Continuing west on the Gibb River Road the King Leopold Ranges for some of the best views Western Australia has to offer.


Day 61.

Windjarna Gorge to Camballin (B)

We continue south and head for Tunnel Creek. The creek has made a tunnel through the hill and if there isn’t too much water in the creek we can walk / swim from one end to the other.


Day 62.

Camballin to Banana Well (C)


Day 63.

Banana Well to Broome (C D R)


Day 64.

Broome - Free Day (C M R)


Day 65.

Broome - Free Day (C D R)


Day 66. 

Broome to Cambalin (B)


Day 67. 

Cambalin to Cherrabun (B)


Day 68. 

Cherrabun to Halls Creek (C D R)


Day 69. 

Halls Creek to Wolfe Creek Crater (B)


Day 70. 

Wolfe Creek Crater to Well 49 (B)


Day 71. 

Well 49 to Well 44 (B)


Day 72. 

Well 44 to Well 39 (B)


Day 73. 

Well 39 to Well 33 (B)


Day 74. 

Well 33 to Well 27 (B)


Day 75. 

Well 27 to Georgia Bore (B)


Day 76. 

Georgia Bore Free Day (B)


Day 77. 

Spare day (B)


Day 78. 

Georgia Bore to Durba Springs (B)


Day 79. 

Durba Springs Free Day (B)


Day 80. 

Durba Springs to Well 15 (B)


Day 81. 

Well 15 to Well 12 (B)


Day 82. 

Well 12 to Well 6 (B)


Day 83. 

Well 6 to Well 3 (B)


Day 84. 

Well 3 to Gunbarrel Laager (C D R)


Day 85. 

Gunbarrel Laager to Lake Moore (B)


Day 86. 

Lake Moore to Perth (C D R)


Day 87.

Fremantle - Free Day (C M R)


Day 88.

Fremantle - Free Day (C M R)


Day 89.

Fremantle - Free Day (C M R)


Day 90.

Fremantle - Free Day (C M R)


Day 91.

Fremantle - Free Day (C M R)


Day 92 

Fremantle to Ellendale Pool (C)


Day 93

Ellendale Pool to Hamlin Bay (C M R)


Day 94

Hamlin Bay to Hamlin Bay 314km (C D R)
After meeting for breakfast at Hamlin Bay and a safety briefing we wind our way to the Western Most Point of Australia at Steep Point then back to our campsite at Hamlin Bay for our Welcome Dinner.


Day 95

Hamlin Bay to Murchison River 276km (B)
We continue further west into Western Australia's rich gold mining belt and finish the day at Gunbarrel Laager where a hot shower and a lovely country home cooked dinner awaits us.


Day 96

Murchison River to Big Bell 256km (B)
We continue further west into Western Australia's rich gold mining belt and finish the day at Gunbarrel Laager where a hot shower and a lovely country home cooked dinner awaits us.


Day 97

Big Bell to Gunbarrel Laager 220km (C M R)
As we travel further east we leave the goldfields behind and head into cattle country.


Day 98

Gunbarrel Laager to Carnegie Station 342km (B)
This is our first full day on the Gunbarrel Highway. We spend the day in cattle country. There is also plenty of wildlife on this stretch.


Day 99

Rest Day at Carnegie Station (C D R)
Today you have a chance to catch up on bits and pieces, do some laundry, join us on a station trip or just relax. We finish the day with a great meal at the station.


Day 100

Carnegie Station to Geraldton Bore 204km (B)
Our first day on the Gunbarrel Highway takes us deep into the Gibson Desert.


Day 101

Geraldton Bore to Heather Highway 158km (B)


Day 102

Heather Highway to Lake Christopher 376km (B)


Day 103

Lake Christopher to Yulara 421km (C D R)


Day 104

Yulara Free Day (C M R)


Day 105

Yulara to Kings Canyon 306km (C M R)


Day 106

Kings Canyon to Glen Helen Lodge 228km (C M R)


Day 107

Glen Helen Lodge to Alice Springs 128km (C D R)


Day 108

Alice Springs to Hale River Homestead 155km (C R)


Day 109

Hale River Homestead to Chambers Pillar 276km (B)


Day 110

Chambers Pillar to Lambert Centre 221km (B)


Day 111

Lambert Centre to Dalhousie Hot Springs 244km (B)


Day 112

Dalhousie Hot Springs to WAA Line 123km (B)


Day 113

WAA Line to Rig Road 74km (B)


Day 114

Rig Road to Knoll Track 82km (B)


Day 115

Knoll Track to Poeppel Corner 54km (B)


Day 116

Poeppel Corner to Birdsville 166km (C M R)


Day 117

Birdsville Races Free Day (C D R)


Day 118

Birdsville to Arrabury 292km (B)


Day 119

Arrabury to Thargomindah 445km (C M R)


Day 120

Thargomindah to Dirranbandi 369km (B)


Day 121

Dirranbandi to Goondiwindi 350km (C M R)


Day 122

Goondiwindi to Drake 250km (BMR)


Day 123

Drake to Byron Bay 250km (C D R)


Legend:

B - Bush Camp
C - Campground
D - Dinner Provided
M - Meals Available (Own expense)
R - Rooms Available (Own expense)


 

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