Undara Lava Tubes
Departing your accommodation, we start our journey by ascending the Lamb Range above Cairns with amazing views over the city and beyond. We arrive at Copperlode Dam and Lake Morris, an extremely picturesque lake surrounded by rainforest-covered mountains; this is Cairns water supply catchment. Our exclusive permit allows us to continue beyond this point and 4WD through rainforest and river crossings. On our journey, we see spectacular plant life in this area including rare King Ferns, one of our earliest vascular plant forms dating back 325 million years. Away from the crowds and in a World Heritage Rainforest area, we visit the Clohesy Boardwalk to view amazing plant life including giant Strangler Fig Trees. Venturing on to the Tablelands, we wind through dairy country to visit Millstream Falls, where we stop for lunch and visit Ravenshoe township. We then continue west to Mount Garnet and on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes for a guided tour of these spectacular tubes.
One Nights Accommodation: Undara Lava Lodge
Mount Surprise to the Gulf of Carpentaria
Day two sees us travel across the outback, past Mount Surprise and into Georgetown for morning tea. After an optional stop to view the mineral museum, we continue to Croydon and enjoy lunch at Lake Belmore. As we carry on we reach Normanton - home to the crocodile statue Krys which was the largest crocodile ever shot in Australia at 8.63m. We take an afternoon tour out to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, famous for its fishing and industry ports for cattle and zinc mining.
One Nights Accommodation: The ‘Purple Pub’, Normanton
The Savannah Way
After a morning look around the old train station, we keep heading west through the huge cattle stations of the Gulf Savannah region and cross the Leichardt River into Burketown. We take a drive out to the vast salt flats before detouring off the main Savannah Way down into Gregory Downs for lunch by the river. After lunch, we turn past the Century Zinc Mine and to Adels Grove, adjacent to Lawn Hill National Park. Here, we relax in the National Park before settling into our accommodation in Adels Grove where we stay for the next two nights (shared facilities).
Two Nights Accommodation: Adel's Grove
Lawn Hill Gorge
Today we explore Lawn Hill National Park. Choose between hiring a canoe to paddle along the cliffs of Lawn Hill Gorge to Indarri falls or bush-walking one of the many tracks. Returning to Adels Grove for lunch, we have the afternoon to relax by the water. There is also a morning option of a guided tour to the World Heritage Riversleigh fossil fields (own expense).
Hells Gate to Borroloola
Leaving Adels Grove, we travel north up through the gates and rivers of Lawn Hill Station. Back onto the main Savannah Way, we bypass Domadgee and cross through Hells Gate to the eerie rock formations found here. We leave Queensland and cross the border into the Northern Territory. Enjoy lunch in the vast area before journeying to Borroloola, a small mining and fishing township on the McArthur River. Here, we’ll spend the night (private facilities).
One Nights Accommodation: Borroloola
"The Lost City"
Leaving the bitumen roads and enter Limmen National Park where we visit the phenomenal rock formations of the Southern Lost City. The erosion of the sandstone escarpment has led to the formation of numerous, large sandstone spires and rounded domes giving it the name ‘lost city’. We cross the Limmen Bite, Cox and Towns Rivers before arriving on the Roper River. We continue through to the old Roper Bar Police Station and Lock Up and then on to Mataranka Homestead where you can rejuvenate yourself in the thermal rock pools.
One Nights Accommodation: Mataranka Homestead
Nitmiluk Nationl Park, Katherine Gorge
After an early start, we continue north with our first stop being Nitmiluk National Park where we take a cruise down the beautiful and rocky, Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge). From here it’s onto Edith Falls for a swim before lunch. The afternoon’s drive takes us through Pine Creek where we look over the gold mine and troubled north-south railway. Venturing further to Adelaide River, we take time to wander through the World War 2 Cemetery and Museum. A short drive to Bachelor finds our overnight accommodation.
One Nights Accommodation: Rum Jungle Bungalows
Litchfield National Park
Our final day on tour and we journey through Litchfield National Park with the first stops being Wangi and Florence Falls for morning tea. Traveling further into the park, we head to Tolmer Falls where we have lunch. Then, tour through Tumbling Waters (named after the rapids where gold was discovered) and on to Berry Springs (crystal clear warm springs) before re-joining the highway. The tour concludes in Darwin city after a memorable tour across two states and over 400km.