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13 day Savannah adventure to Cairns.

Explore the beautiful Katherine Gorge, in the Northern Territory, with KWA.

from $6,545 USD per person

Travel from the Top End and discover pioneering towns, iconic pubs and working cattle stations. Board a scenic flight over Savannah Country and uncover Lawn Hill and Litchfield national parks. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GOCK13R
Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: To enhance your Outback experience
Journey: Darwin to Cairns
Meals included: 35

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Darwin

Be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow passengers and Driver-Guide during a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Darwin, Mantra on the Esplanade
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Darwin, Litchfield National Park, Adelaide River

Discover Litchfield National Park and visit both Wangi Falls and Florence Falls, before visiting the Adelaide River.
Stay: Katherine, Ibis Styles
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Katherine, Mataranka

Head to the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool where you can take a dip in the warm, crystal-clear waters, which are said to have healing properties for aches and pains. Visit the remote town of Roper Bar and enjoy a cruise along the Roper River. Discover the mystery that surrounds the death of explore Ludwig Leichardt, who disappeared with his exploration party in this area in 1848.
Stay: Three Nights: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Today, you have a full day to explore the pristine wilderness. Guides from Lorella Springs will lead you along bush tracks to the coast, as well as swim in the waterholes and relax in the thermal springs.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Follow your guide today, who will lead you along a picturesque walk through a number of trails. You’ll also be able to enjoy swims in the waterholes and relax in the thermal springs along the way. Afterwards, enjoy a highlight of your trip as you take an included helicopter flight over the lost city, made up of incredible sandstone formations. This evening, watch a spectacular sunset over the property before enjoying dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, Borroloola

Today experience one of the major highlights of your adventure. Board a scenic flight from Borroloola Airport taking in the breathtaking landscapes over Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park to Adels Grove.
Stay: Two Nights: Adels Grove
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Enjoy a full day to immerse yourself in the wonders of this stunning national park. There is much to discover, including breathtaking emerald waters and lush vegetation, along with its incredible sandstone gorges. Marvel at the magnitude of Adels Grove Escaprpment. Here enjoy lunch before having the rest of the day at your leisure to make your own discoveries in the national park.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Normanton, Karumba

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way towards Karumba. Stop at Leichhardt Falls and Camp 119, the most northerly camp of the Burke and Wills expedition. See the famous Purple Pub, Victorian era railway station and Normanton. Continue to Karumba and end your day with a sunset cruise. Relax with a cold drink and enjoy a selection of local produce as you watch a breathtaking sun setting over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Stay: Karumba End of the Road Motel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Karumba, Croydon

Journey to the historic goldrush town of Croydon, the heritage capital of the Gulf and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre.
Stay: Two Nights Cobbold Gorge Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Cobbold Gorge

Discover Cobbold Gorge, hidden away with a spectacular rugged sandstone formation. The gorge is extremely narrow, closing to a mere two meters wide in places, with remarkable 30-metre cliffs on either side. Enjoy a boat cruise and tour through these narrow waterways as a guide points out the geological features of this incredible natural wonder. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for the freshwater crocodiles that call the gorge home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Cobbold Gorge, Undara Lava Tubes

Head to Undara ans discover the fascinating site of the 190,000 year old Undara Lava Tubes, a series of underground tunnels formed during a volcanic eruption in the region.
Stay: Undara Experience
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Undara, Millstream Falls, Herberton Historic Town, Cairns

Leaving Undara journey to the beautiful tiered plunged waterfall, Millstream Falls. Enjoy lunch at Woodlands Station, which is located within the surrounds of the quintessential Australian Bush. Travel to Cairns via a stop at Ravenshoe which is located 920 metres above sea level at the top of the Atherton Tablelands. Tonight say goodbye to newfound friends at a farewell dinner.
Stay: Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Depart Cairns

After breakfast, your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the wonders of Litchfield National Park
  • Discover the dramatic coast at Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
  • Take a magnificent scenic helicopter flight over the Lost City
  • Enjoy a spectacular cruise in Karumba, as the sun goes down over the exquisite Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Travel along the iconic Savannah Way towards Lawn Hill National Park
  • Enjoy a boat ride through the waterways of Cobbold Gorge

 

Map

Included Experiences

  • Two nights at Adels Grove in the heart of beautiful Lawn Hill National Park
  • Stay overnight at the ideally located Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina in Cairns
  • Includes 35 meals - 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners

Additional Information

Activity Level

  • A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in APT’s holiday packages.  Some sightseeing excursions will involve the climbing of stairs and walking over uneven surfaces and in some cases walking over rocks and through shallow streams. This tour contains mainly easy walks with some more moderate walks.  Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.  Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility checklist at the time of booking

Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary
  • APT highly recommends travel insurance
  • Price is for land only. Flights not included

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