Cairns-Darwin (One Way) 4X4 Tagalong Tour

Cairns-Darwin (One Way) 4X4 Tagalong Tour

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Tagalong Tour Dates

Tour Dates:

29th April – 16th May, 2024 – PLACES AVAILABLE

Cairns-Darwin (one-way) 4X4 Tagalong Tours Itinerary

Day 1: We depart Cairns approximately 0800hrs for Undara Lava Tubes.

We aim to stop for a swim at Milla Milla Falls and lunch at Innot Hot Springs before arriving at camp in time to complete a guided tour of the Undara Lava Tubes.

Day 2: Today is a big day so we get off to an early start, which provides the added bonus of a beautiful outback sunrise experience. Our first stop for morning tea is at the Cumberland Chimney.

We depart Cumberland Chimney for the banks of Norman River for our first opportunity to land the elusive Barramundi, before heading to Karumba for the night.

On the way to Karumba we stop at Normanton to see the Big Barramundi and Krys a replica statue of the world’s largest crocodile ever caught.

At a whopping 8.64m Krys is an imposing figure and stark reminder to remain Croc Wise. Be Croc Wise


Day 3: Today we visit Camp 119, the most Northerly camp of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. We then head west to the beautiful Leichardt Falls before making camp on the outskirts of Burketown, on the bank of the Albert River.

Day 4: Today we depart Burketown for Boodjamulla/Lawn Hill Gorge. On our way we will stop for lunch and a swim in the Gregory River.

Day 5: We spend a second night at Lawn Hill today, so you can have a sleep in as we don’t have to pack up camp. 

You can choose to relax around camp, take one of the many self-guided walks, swim or explore the gorge by canoe

Day 6: We are now deep into Gulf country and well off the beaten track. You will notice the considerable change in road conditions with ample corrugations, patches of deep bulldust and endless red dust.

Our camp tonight is on the Banks of the Foelsche River in the Northern Territory, approximately 70km from Borroloola.

Day 7: After a stop at Borroloola to refuel we continue to Limmen NP and Butterfly Falls for a swim, water pending, and camp.

Day 8: Tonight we stay at the Mataranka Homestead. You will be able to soak in the crystal clear waters of Mataranka Thermal Springs and enjoy a beverage and entertainment at the Bar.

Day 9: We start today with a refreshing dip in Bitter Springs before starting our drive along the Central Arnhem Hwy to the Mainoru Store on the edge of Arnhem Land.

Day 10: Today we head to East Arnhem Land. The drive is long and rough, depending on conditions, however you are treated to spectacular scenery and wildlife including abundant birdlife, water buffalo, donkeys, snakes, Lizards, etc. We aim to camp on the Giddy River.

Day 11:  Today we will explore the region, including the beautiful Bariŋura (Little Bondi), Ŋumuy (Turtle Beach) and Garanhan (Maccassan Beach), on our way into Nhulunbuy. We will have a look in town before heading to Rainbow Cliffs for camp.

Day 12: Today is an itinerary free day to allow you to explore the region at your leisure. You could try your hand at fishing or visit some more of the region’s beaches. We will be camping at The Walkabout Lodge in Nhulunbuy for the next two nights.

Day 13: Today is another itinerary free day and our last night around Nhulunbuy. You will be able to get on top of the laundry, lounge around the resort pool, venture off to some secluded beaches or head of on a fishing charter.

Day 14: Today we say goodbye to Nhulunbuy and head down the Central Arnhem Hwy, back to Mainoru.

Day 15: This morning we head into Katherine. Here you will have an opportunity to head to the local shopping centre to replenish your snacks and have a relaxing dip in the Katherine Hot Springs. 

Day 16: Today we depart Katherine for the Lazy Lizard Hotel. On our way we will have lunch and a swim at the beautiful Edith Falls. 

Day 17: Today we explore the Kakadu NP. We take a wildlife tour on the Yellow Waters Billabong and visit the famous Nourlangie and Ubirr Rock Art Sites. 

Day 18: Today is our final day. In the morning we will undertake a cultural tour on the East Alligator River. Following the tour we head to Darwin via the South Alligator River, Corroboree Park Tavern and the famous Humpty Doo Hotel.


What’s included in your 18-day Cairns to Darwin Tagalong Tour:

  • A fully equipped and capable Land Rover Perentie 4×4 vehicle including; double bed, 30L 12v Waeco fridge, crockery and cutlery, camp chairs, table, lighting, annex, 240 volt power inverter and recovery gear)
  • Fully catered (breakfast, lunch and dinner, tea and coffee).
  • Fuel
  • All National Park entry and camping fees
  • Resort fees
  • All Indigenous Land access, camping and fishing permits
  • An Undara Lava Tube Tour
  • Yellow Waters Wildlife Cruise
  • Ubirr Aboriginal Rock Art
  • East Alligator River Cultural Tour
  • The services of a passionate and enthusiastic tour leader with over a decade of experience as a Parks and Wildlife Ranger working across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland
  • Tips and assistance on 4×4 driving, camping, fishing, campfire cooking and much more
  • UHF radio and emergency first aid kits are supplied in all vehicles. Spot tracker emergency beacons are also carried by our experienced and 1st Aid trained tour leaders
  • Mechanical and electrical repairs
  • Bush shower and toilet
  • The use of fishing rods and tackle
  • An edited tour video to relive the adventure

What you need to bring:

  • Personal toiletries (please bring environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos)
  • Clothes
  • Snacks and drinks (Alcohol is welcome, however there may be restrictions on what and how much can be taken into Indigenous communities, please discuss with your tour leader)
  • Pillow, sheets/sleeping bag
  • Camera, fishing gear, binoculars, torch/headlamp
  • A sense of adventure

A detailed list of required and recommended personal items will be provided to you in your information pack upon booking.