GREAT SAVANNAH EXPERIENCE
18th June 2019
PERCENTAGE OF BITUMEN / DIRT: 20/80%
AVERAGE DISTANCE PER DAY: 260 km
GROUP SIZE: 6 to 10 Vehicles
GLAMPING OPTIONS: 14 out of 28 days
TOUR START LOCATION: CAIRNS, QLD
TOUR FINISH LOCATION: BROOME, WA
ACCOMMODATION: BUSH CAMP & CAMPGROUND
HIGHLIGHTS & WHAT'S INCLUDED
- Bush Camps
- Gibb River Road
- El Questro Station
- Tunnel Creek
- Lawn Hill Station
- Katherine Gorge
- Catch a Barra…
- Lichfield National Park
- Manning Gorge
- Undara Lava Tubes
- Cobbold Gorge
- Welcome dinner
- Farewell dinner
- 4 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 tour covers some of the most scenic and rugged country that Australia has to offer. From the lush tropical jungles of North Queensland, through remote cattle grazing country to the wet Gulf and the rugged Kimberleys and Broome, we have it all covered. If you are shy of water crossings stay at home, but if you like incredible scenery, amazing fishing and a joke in one of the many Outback Pubs, this tour has your name on it.
18th June, 2019
6 SPOTS LEFT
ADDITIONAL COST DETAILS
Extra Adult: $1120 Extra Child: $840
Day 1. Cairns to Undara Resort (Campground, Dinner Provided)
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 onto 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 2. Undara Resort to Cobold Gorge (Campground)
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.
Day3. Cobold Gorge to Normanton (Bush Camp)
Our destination today is our first Bush Camp on the banks of the Norman River.
Day 4. Normanton to Lawn Hill (Campground)
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 onto 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 5. Lawn Hill to Surprise Creek (Bushcamp)
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 QLD – NT 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 6. Surprise Creek to Lorella Springs (Campground)
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 7. Lorella Springs Free Day (Campground)
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 8. Lorella Springs to Towns River (Campground)
If you haven't had any luck with the fishing then there is another chance in the afternoon as we setup camp on the banks of the Towns River.
Day 9. Towns River to Mataranka (Campground, Dinner Provided)
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.
Day 10. Mataranka to Katherine Gorge (Campground)
Day 11. Katherine Gorge to Gagadju Lodge (Campground)
Day 12. Gagadju Lodge Free Day Campground)
Day 13. Gagadju Lodge to Bark Hut (Campground)
Day 14. Bark Hut to Darwin (Campground, Dinner Provided)
Day 15. Darwin to Sandy Creek Falls (Campground)
Day 16. Sandy Creek Falls to Grove Hill (Bush Camp)
Day 17. Grove Hill to Victoria River (Campground)
Day 18. Victoria River to Fig Tree Yard (Bush Camp)
Day 19. Fig Tree Yard to Kalkarinji (Campground)
Todays 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 NT has to offer before we get to our overnight camp at Kalkarinji and Barra for dinner.
Day 20. Kalkarinji to Nicholson River (Bush Camp)
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 21. Nicholson River to Lake Argyle Village (Campground)
Day 22. Lake Argyle Village to El Questro (Campground)
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 23. El Questro Free Day (Campground)
Day 24. El Questro to Barnett River (Campground)
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 photo’s. 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 25. Barnett River to Windjarna Gorge (Campground)
Continuing west on the Gibb River road the King Leopold Ranges for some of the best views WA has to offer.
Day 26. Windjarna Gorge to Camballin (Bush Camp)
We coinuent south and head for Tunnel Creek. The creek has made a tunnel through the hill and if there isn’t to much water in the creek we can walk / swim from one end to the other.
Day 27. Camballin to Banana Well (Campground)
Day 28. Banana Well to Broome
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