Darwin-Cairns (One Way) 4X4 Tagalong Tour

Darwin-Cairns (One Way) 4X4 Tagalong Tour

Welcome to the Darwin-Cairns One-way  4X4 Tagalong Tours itinerary page, our tours start on specific dates and these may be seen below.

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Tagalong Tour Dates

Tour Dates:

21st July – 7th August, 2024 – PLACES AVAILABLE

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

Day 1: We depart Darwin at approximately 0800hrs for Kakadu National Park where we will take a cultural tour on the East Alligator River. 

We will watch the crocs at the infamous Cahills Crossing and if time permits try and land a Barramundi. 

We will then visit the Ubirr Rock Art Site https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/do/rock-art/ubirr/.

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 travelling to Pine Creek for the night. Whilst on our boat cruise we will see numerous crocodiles, water buffalo, Jabiru, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and more.


Day 3: We depart Pine Creek and stop for a swim and morning tea at Edith Falls, before continuing into Katherine. Here we will have a dip in the relaxing waters of the Katherine Hot Springs.

Day 4: We depart Katherine and drive along the Central Arnhem Hwy to Mainoru Store on the edge of Arnhem Land.

Day 5: Today is a long drive from Mainour to Nhulunbuy. We will be treated to some amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including birds, reptiles, water buffalo, and donkey. 

Day 6: Today we will visit the the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre https://yirrkala.com/ and some spectacular beaches and recreational areas around Nhulunbuy.

Day 7: Today is an itinerary free day. You can chose to venture around the Gove Peninsula Today and explore the region, join a fishing charter, or simply relax around the hotel pool.

Day 8: Today is our final day in Nhulunbuy and another itinerary free day. Mataranka Thermal Pools. Here you will be able to soak in the crystal clear and croc free, thermal springs.

Day 9: We depart Nhulunbuy and return to the Mainoru Store.

Day 10: Today we have a relatively short drive to Mataranka Thermal Pools. Here you will be able to soak in the crystal clear and croc free, thermal springs.

Day 11: We travel the Savannah Way into Limmen NP for camp at the beautiful Butterfly Falls.

Day 12: We continue along the Savannah Way to Borroloola and onto camp at Hells Gate.

Day 13: Today we arrive at the stunningly beautiful Boodjamulla/Lawn Hill Gorge. We are here for two nights so we can put our feet up and make the most of the idyllic surrounds.

Day 14: There’s no need to pack up today. You can choose to take a canoe up the gorge or tackle the many walking tracks  and enjoy a dip the crystal clear waters.

Day 15: Tonight, we camp on the banks of the Albert River on the outskirts of Burketown. 

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 a 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. 


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.