DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR - 12 DAYS ONLY $2,699

 

DAY 1 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOURS

The tour will pick you up from your accommodation in Darwin at 6am.  We will make our way towards the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, with a stop off at Corroboree Billabong to go for a wildlife cruise for a chance to spot saltwater crocodiles and plenty of birdlife.  We then enter into the Aboriginal lands of Kakadu National Park to explore the Aboriginal paintings at Ubirr and to take in the views across the floodplains which lead to Arnhemland. We then head towards our campsite making a stop at the Bowali visitor centre on the way.

Highlights: Corroboree Billabong cruise, Kakadu National Park and rock art paintings.
Estimated hiking distance: 3-4km
Opportunity to swim? No

Estimated travel time: 5 hours
Meals provided: L, D

 Guide Adam tells his passengers about the history of the local rock art 

Guide Adam tells his passengers about the history of the local rock art 

 
 Wildlife at Yellow Waters Billabong, Kakadu

Wildlife at Yellow Waters Billabong, Kakadu

DAY 2 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

We put the truck into 4-wheel drive and make our way into Jim Jim Falls for a swim beneath Kakadu’s tallest waterfall.  After our swim we will continue on to Twin Falls where we take a short cruise up the gorge to look for the rare Pig-nosed turtle, which can be spotted on the way to the base of the falls. We then head towards our campsite, making a stop at Yellow Water Billabong on the way to spot local wildlife.

Highlights: Jim Jim Falls and Yellow Water Billabong.
Estimated hiking distance: 5-6km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 3 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 

DAY 3 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR 

This morning we will say goodbye to Kakadu and continue on our adventure to Pine Creek, where you will learn about the history of the early gold rush days.  Afterwards, we will pass through the town of Katherine as we make our way to Mataranka.  Here, you will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal-clear spring waters (either Bitter Springs or Mataranka Hot Springs) before we move on to our campsite in  Elsey National Park.

Highlights: Pine Creek and Bitter Springs or Mataranka hot springs.
Estimated hiking distance: 2-3km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 Bitter Springs, Mataranka

Bitter Springs, Mataranka

 
 Butterfly Gorge, Limmen National Park

Butterfly Gorge, Limmen National Park

DAY 4 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR 

We head east following the Roper River, stopping in at Roper Bar, a river crossing used to get access to Southern Arnhem Land. Here, we wander through the ruins of a historic police station from the early pioneering days.  We then continue on the Savannah Way spotting wildlife around the picturesque Lomarieum Lagoon.  We’ll continue our drive crossing many pristine creeks and rivers, making a stop in the Nathan River Ranger Station and Information Centre in Limmen National Park to have a look around.  Tonight, we will camp at Butterfly Gorge, a relaxing waterfall where you can take a swim. 

Highlights: Historic Police station, Lomarieum Lagoon and Butterfly Gorge.
Estimated hiking distance: 2-3km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 5 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 

DAY 5 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR 

Our first stop this morning is the Southern Lost City, where we will take a walk among ancient pillars which are a display unique rock formation.  We then continue to a true water lover’s paradise known as Lorrela Springs; a massive cattle stations of almost a million acres full of hot springs, waterfalls, billabongs, wild rock formations and aboriginal paintings. The station is a true hidden gem where we will spend the next two nights camping and exploring. 

Highlights: South Lost City and Lorella Springs. 
Estimated hiking distance: 5-6km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 2 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 Southern Lost City, Limmen National Park

Southern Lost City, Limmen National Park

 
 Crystal clear swimming hole

Crystal clear swimming hole

DAY 6 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

Today is all about adventure and exploring. With almost a thousand kilometres of tracks on the property, we spend the daylight hours exploring Lorrella Springs, visiting swimming holes, aboriginal sites and viewpoints around the station. 

Highlights: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
Estimated hiking distance: 5-9km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 2 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 

DAY 7 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

We continue East, stopping in at a remote outback town called Borroloola.  We’ll cross over many pristine rivers and creeks where you’ll see giant ancient cycads growing.  We make a stop at the lesser-known Echo Gorge to explore the area. Tonight, we’ll camp near the Northern Territory / Queensland border.

Highlights: Borroloola, Echo Gorge and NT / QLD border.
Estimated hiking distance: 2-3km
Opportunity to swim? No

Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

DAY 8 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

We stop at Hells Gates to explore the sandstone formations before crossing over Nicholson River where you’ll see the giant causeway.  We take station trails to Adels Grove where there are peaceful clear swimming holes to camp near.  We will base ourselves here for the next two nights.

 

Highlights: Hells Gate and Adels Grove.
Estimated hiking distance: 2-3km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 4 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 Giant cycads

Giant cycads

 
 Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

DAY 9 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

Today we spend the day in Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park which is one of Queensland's most significant geological parks, with interesting rocks and landscapes spanning hundreds of millions of years. Lawn Hill Gorge is surrounded by beautiful red sandstone and a beautiful rainforest; the gorge is filled with clear, cold water from a distant spring, making swimming irresitable.  We will visit the upper gorge, Indarri Falls and we’ll complete the Island Stack walk.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim throughout the day.

Highlights: Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park including upper gorge, Indarri Falls and the Island Stack Walk.
Estimated hiking distance: 3-10km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 1 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 

DAY 10 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

We make our way to Leichhardt Falls a wide-open set of falls on the Leichhardt River.  We’ll then make our way east, stopping in at camp 119, the last camp on the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition.  We make a stop in Normanton to visit Krys Crocodile, a replica of the largest (8.63 metre) crocodile ever shot.  Afterwards we’ll take a swim in Lake Belmore near Croydon, an old gold rush town where we will spend the night. 

Highlights: Leichhardt Falls, camp 119, Krys Crocodile and Lake Belmore.
Estimated hiking distance: 2-3km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 6 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 Lake Belmore, Croydon

Lake Belmore, Croydon

 
 Sarus Crane

Sarus Crane

DAY 11 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

Today we’ll travel to Georgetown. On route we will stop at Cumberland’s chimney, a remanent from the gold rush days.  We’ll also stop at a large waterhole where you’ll have the opportunity to spot local birdlife.  We will then continue on to one of Australia’s best mineral Collections, the Ted Elliott Collection before moving on to Undara Lava tubes.  Here, you will be taken on a 2-hour guided tour of the tubes with a local guide.  We will camp at Undara. 

Highlights: Cumberland's chimney, the Ted Elliott (mineral) Collection and Undara Lava tubes.
Estimated hiking distance: 2-4km
Opportunity to swim? No

Estimated travel time: 3 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 

DAY 12 - DARWIN TO CAIRNS TOUR

We head to the Kalkani Crater where you get great views of the surrounding volcanic regions.  We’ll then make our way into the tropical rainforest to Millaa Millaa Falls where we have a final swim before we arrive in Cairns around 6pm.  You’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.  

Highlights: Kalkani Crater and Millaa Milaa Falls.
Estimated hiking distance: 3-4km
Opportunity to swim? Yes

Estimated travel time: 5 hours
Meals provided: B, L, D

 Millaa Millaa Falls

Millaa Millaa Falls

INCLUSIONS  

All camping fees, national park fees, entry fees, meals as shown (B) breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

transport, experienced guide and camping equipment (swag and tent)

Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Entry pass to Kakadu

Twin falls boat shuttle

Mineral collection entry

Lava tubes tour