Darwin-Cairns (One Way) 4X4 Tagalong Tour

Darwin-Cairns (One Way) 4X4 Tagalong Tour

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Tagalong Tour Dates

Tour Dates:

2nd – 19th June, 2021 – SOLD OUT

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


Day 1: Meet and greet and vehicle induction in Darwin, NT at 0700hrs.

We depart Darwin at approximately 0800hrs for Kakadu National Park where we will take a tour of the Ubirr Rock Art Site https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/do/rock-art/ubirr/. If time and tides permit we will cross the infamous Cahills Crossing to visit the Injalaka Arts Centre.

Day 2: Today we venture through Kakadu seeing numerous cultural and natural wonders of the World Heritage area. We undertake a Yellow Waters Billabong cruise before setting up camp for the night at Mardukal campground. Whilst on our boat cruise we will see numerous crocodiles, water buffalo, Jabiru, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and more.


Day 3: We head south through Kakadu NP. We will be stopping at Gunlom Falls and Katherine Hot Springs before spending the night at the Mainoru Store on the Central Arnhem Road.

Day 4: Today we head into the remote wilderness of Arnhem Land. We will be driving up the Central Arnhem Road to the township if Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. We will be here for four nights to give us an opportunity to appreciate the area, including some time for fishing and relaxing.

Day 5: Today is a free day for you to explore Nhulunbuy at your own pace. You’ll have an opportunity to visit the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre https://yirrkala.com/, fish or just relax

Day 6: Today we have an itinerary free day and night around Nhulunbuy. Some people may choose to relax around town, venture off to some secluded beaches or head of on a fishing charter.

Day 7: Tonight, is our last night in Arnhem Land. We will venture around the Gove Peninsula Today and explore the region including the beautiful Bariŋura (Little Bondi), Ŋumuy (Turtle Beach) and Garanhan (Maccassan Beach).

Day 8: Today we depart Nhulunbuy via the Central Arnhem Road for our camp at Mataranka Thermal Pools. Here you will be able to soak in the crystal clear and croc free, thermal springs.

Day 9: We depart Mataranka for our camp on the banks of the Towns River.

Day 10: Today we head for the seasonal fishing village King Ash Bay http://www.kingashbay.com.au/category/about-king-ash-bay on our way we will stop for a dip at Butterfly Falls.

Day 11: We depart King Ash Bay for camp at Hell’s Gate Roadhouse.

Day 12: Today we reach Adels Grove http://adelsgrove.com.au/ where we can swim in the crystal clear waters of Lawn Hill Creek.

Day 13: We stay for a second night at Adeles Grove, so theres no need to pack up. Today we visit the beautiful Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) Gorge. You can choose to take a boat cruise up the gorge or tackle the many walking tracks  and enjoy a dip the crystal clear waters.

Day 14: Today we depart Adels Grove for our camp on the banks of the Gregory River. On our way we will stop for a swim and explore of the beautiful Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) Gorge. We will also visit the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil site https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/boodjamulla-riversleigh/about.html.

Day 15: Tonight we camp on the banks of the Albert River on the outskirts of Burketown. Tonight we are treated to an Indigenous Guided Tour of the outback stars. 

Day 16: After leaving Burketown we stop at the beautiful Leichardt Falls for morning tea. Lunch will be at the most northerly camp of the ill-fated journey of Burke and Wills. After lunch we pass through Normanton, the home of Krys the croc, a life size replica of an 8.63m crocodile killed in 1957. Tonight’s camp is in Karumba where we will be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Day 17: After leaving Karumba we stop for a fish on the banks of the Norman River for our last chance of landing the elusive Barramundi. Today we head for Undara Experience  https://www.undara.com.au/. We will be undertaking a tour in the morning so we have the evening to explore the surrounds, have a drink in the amazing railway carriage bar/restaurant area or cool down in the pool.

Day 18: We start today, our final day with an Archway Explorer Tour of the amazing Undara Lava Tubes. We depart Undara at approximately 10am for our journey home.  But don’t worry the fun is not over yet! we will stop for a break at the Innot Hot Springs and also Milllaa Millaa Waterfall before arriving in Cairns. All guest are welcome to join us for a celebratory drink and meal for the evening.


What’s included in your 18-day Darwin to Cairns 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
  • All Indigenous Land access, camping and fishing permits
  • Ubirr Riock art guided tour
  • East Alligator River Cultural Tour
  • Yellow Waters (Cooinda) Billabong Cruise
  • An evening stargazing tour with a local Indigenous (Gangalidda) Guide from Yagurli Tours.
  • An Undara Lava Tube (Archway Explorer) 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
  • Bush toilet
  • The use of a range of field guides and books on local flora, fauna, culture and history
  • The use of fishing equipment and yabbie/cherrabin pots
  • Souvenier Fishing/Outdoor Shirt
  • Edited tour video

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.