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13 day Savannah adventure to Darwin.

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way, Australia’s adventure drive. Along the way, watch sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria and take to the skies for scenic flights over Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park and the Lost City. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GOCK13
Duration: 13 days
Accommodation: To enhance your Outback experience
Journey: Cairns to Darwin
Meals included: 35

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Cairns

Your journey begins today as you are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow guests and two person crew during a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Cairns, Herberton Historic Town, Millstream Falls, Undara

Travel from Cairns to Ravenshoe, located 920 metres above sea level at the top of the Atherton Tablelands. Enjoy lunch at Woodleigh Station, which is located within the surrounds of the quintessential Australian bush. Later, journey to the beautiful tiered plunged waterfall, Millstream Falls before arriving at Undara.
Stay: Undara Experience
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge

Today, 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. Join a Savannah guide for an informative tour. Enjoy a sit-down lunch at Undara before continuing to Cobbold Gorge.
Stay: Two Nights: Cobbold Gorge Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Cobbold Gorge

Discover Cobbold Gorge, hidden away within a spectacularly rugged sandstone formation. The gorge is extremely narrow, closing to a mere two metres wide in places, with remarkable 30-metre cliffs on either side. This afternoon, 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 5. Croydon, Karumba

Journey to the historic goldrush town of Croydon, the heritage capital of the Gulf and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre. Continue to Karumba and end your day with a magical sunset cruise. Relax with a cold drink and enjoy a selection of local produce as you capture sunset over the spectacular Gulf of Carpentaria.
Stay: Karumba, End of the Road Motel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Karumba, Normanton, Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park

Travel along the iconic Savannah Way towards Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park. Journey to Normanton, then see the famous Purple Pub and Victorian era railway station. Stop at Leichhardt Falls and Camp 119, the most northerly camp of the Burke and Wills expedition before heading off-road into Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park. Later, arrive at Adels Grove.
Stay: Two Nights: Boodjamulla National Park, 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 Escarpment. 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. Borroloola, Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Today, experience one of the major highlights of your adventure. Board a scenic flight from Adels Grove and take in the breathtaking landscapes over Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park. Upon arrival at Borroloola airport, your 4WD vehicle will take you to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park.
Stay: Three Nights: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. 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 10. Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Spend the day exploring the vast expanse of Lorella Springs. Perhaps take a walk and discover Nanny’s Retreat, where you can take a refreshing swim in the nearby waters.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Roper River, Mataranka, Katherine

Today, discover the mystery that surrounds the death of explorer Ludwig Leichardt, who disappeared with his exploration party in this area in 1848. Visit the remote town of Roper Bar and enjoy a cruise along the Roper River. Then, travel 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, before heading to Katherine.
Stay: Katherine, Ibis Styles Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Adelaide River, Litchfield National Park, Darwin

Visit the poignant and beautifully maintained war cemetery at Adelaide River, then continue to Litchfield National Park and visit both Wangi Falls and Florence Falls set amongst monsoon forest with a panoramic view. Enjoy a swim after lunch before returning to Darwin. This evening, savour a delicious Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Darwin, Mantra on the Esplanade
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Depart Darwin

Your holiday draws to a close. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a cruise in Karumba, as the sun sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Travel along the iconic Savannah Way, Australia’s adventure drive
  • Board a scenic flight and absorb the breathtaking scenery of Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park from above
  • Take a magnificent helicopter flight over the Lost City

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Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 13 locations
  • Two person crew - Driver-Guide and Tour Director
  • Small group - a maximum of 20 travellers
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, park fees & airport transfers
  • Finest dining - a total of 35 meals    

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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