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Savannah Way - Coast to Kununurra

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TOUR NAME

Savannah Way – Coast to Kununurra

DEPARTING

Saturday 11th July 2020

COST

$7650.00pp twin share

The Savannah Way Coast to Kununurra

This holiday travels through one of the remotest areas in Australia, the gulf Savannah.  We will visit remote stations, roadhouses and townships along the way.  Travel through Dinosaur country, volcanic country and cattle country visiting places such as Hells Gate, Doomadgee, Booroloola, Lorella Springs, the Heartbreak Hotel and Roper Bar just to name a few of the amazing places along the way. 

The finer details

Tour Price: $7650.00 per person twin share (Land Content Only)

Single Supplement: additional $1384 (Limited to 2 single rooms only)
Deposit: $500.00 per person within 7 days of booking.
Balance: is due and payable 40 days prior to departure.
Travel Insurance: is a condition of Travel as areas visited are remote and cancellation fees do apply.

This tour joins with our 17 day Gibb River Road to Broome holiday. Call for more details 0428 083 197

Tour Price Includes: 

  • Home pick-up on the Central Coast & Newcastle 
  • Purpose built 4WD travel
  • Experienced and informative driver/guide
  • Two course dinners & breakfasts each day
  • 13 x Lunches
  • All sightseeing, attractions, cruises and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Bottled water on board
  • 16 nights varied accommodation
  • Accommodation on this tour is the best available at each destination.

Tour price does not Include:

  • Return airfare from Kununurra
  • Transfer from Sydney airport
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Optional sightseeing tours
  • Beverages other than specified

Luggage: Luggage to be packed in a soft sports bag or similar (no wheels or hard-sided bags allowed) A small backpack for inside the vehicle is recommended as this is to be stored under your seat when the vehicle is moving. Luggage to weigh no more than 17 kg backpack 5 kg.

ITINERARY

Day 1. Central Coast—Moree (B)

Central Coast & Newcastle passengers are collected from your home and transferred to our 4WD coach. Travel today takes us out through Singleton, Muswellbrook and Narrabri to Moree for overnight.

Stay: Burke & Wills Motor Inn

Day 2. Moree—Roma (BLD)

We cross the border into Queensland today at the town of Mungindi, travelling the Carnarvon Highway through Nindigully to St George. located on the Balonne River with the vast flatlands of the Darling Downs stretching beyond the Great Dividing Range, St George is the perfect stop for lunch. This afternoon continues along the Carnarvon Highway to Roma our destination for tonight.

Stay: Explorers Inn

Day 3. Roma—Longreach (BLD)

Roma is in the heart of rich sheep and cattle grazing area. This morning we take a brief tour of the town full of historic buildings and history. On the road again, we pass through the small settlement of Augathella to Blackall, the home of Jackie Howe our most famous shearer. From Blackall we visit Barcaldine & “The Tree of Knowledge” which played an important role in the formation of the Australian Labour Party. A short distance away is Longreach our home for tonight.

Stay: Longreach Motor Inn

Day 4. Longreach—Hughenden (BLD)

We will visit the town of Winton this morning to visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre and home of Banjo Patterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’. We will join the Kennedy Development road and make our way to Hughenden. Hughenden is situated on the edge of a vast pre-historic inland sea, once home to many terrestrial dinosaurs as well as marine reptiles, making this area well known as ‘dinosaur country’. We will spend 2 nights at the Royal Hotel/ motel.

Stay: Royal Hotel/ motel

Day 5. Porcupine Gorge (BLD)

Today we venture out to Porcupine Gorge, be amazed at the depth of the volcanic rock cliff faces, the brilliantly coloured rocks and the cool shady pools.  Boasting spectacular views & great photography opportunities.  We drive of the scenic byways and stop at the scenic lookouts along the top of these basalt walls.

STAY: Royal hotel/motel

Day 6. Hughenden—Bedrock (BLD)

We continue up the Development road this morning to Gregory Springs and Blackbrae National Park.  At the Lynd Junction we visit the Oasis Roadhouse home to Australia’s smallest Bar.  We will then join the Gulf Development Road and make our way to Mt Surprise and our home for tonight at Bedrock Village Cabins.

Stay: Bedrock Village Cabins

Day 7. Undara Lava Tubes—Croydon (BLD)

We join our guide this morning and make our way to Undara Lava Tubes. During the 40-minute drive to the National Park, you will learn about life “behind the fence” of the local cattle stations. Once at Kalkani Crater we walk up and around the rim of this dormant volcano which is approx. 600 metres at an angel of 10 degrees. With a bird’s eye view, you will have a spectacular sight of the world’s longest lava flow, from a single vented volcano, in modern geological time.  After a well-deserved “cuppa” and homemade treats at the base of Kalkani we travel to the “Wind Tunnel” Complex; this is a system of intertwining lava tubes, the entrance is through the collapsed roof and you walk down about 30 metres of the rocky entrance/decent with the aid of a rope hand rail. Once in the lava tubes, the surface is easy to walk along and about 1 kilometre.’ Returning to Bedrock we enjoy lunch before setting off for Croydon.

Stay: Croydon Club Hotel/motel

Day 8. Croydon—Kurumba (BLD)

Croydon was once an important gold mining town this morning we visit the True-Blue Visitors Centre and explore the town before setting off to Karumba. Visit Normanton, see the purple pub and visit the Normanton Railway Station that was built in 1889. We than make our way to Karumba on the banks of the Norman River. Settle inn and relax as you watch one of the most amazing sunsets you will see.

Stay: End of the Road Motel

Day 9. Cruise—Gulf of Carpentaria (BD)

Karumba is known as a great fishing destination; the town has grown as we will see today. There’s the “commercial-industrial centre” with its wharves, barramundi farm, prawn processing plant and MMG Century Mine loading facility. We hop on board the Ferryman for a croc spotting sunset cruise.

Stay: End of the Road Motel

Day 10. Karumba—Burketown (BLD)

Departing Karumba this morning we travel back to Normanton before heading across to Burketown. Along the way we stop at the Burke and Wills Camp 119, which is reputed to be their most northerly camp on their trek. Continue then to Leichhardt Falls for a look Not a swim, we are in croc country. Arriving in Burketown on the banks of the Albert River in time for lunch. This afternoon we discover this remote town taking in the history and culture of the area.

Stay: Overnight Cabins

Day 11. Burketown—Hells Gate (BLD)

Travelling the Savannah Way or some call it the Great Top Road today we will visit the town of Doomadgee, this is not what you call a tourist town. Doomadgee is a well-developed Aboriginal community with a very interesting history. Continue to our accommodation at Hells Gate Roadhouse Cabins.

Stay:Hells Gate Roadhouse Cabins

Day 12. Hells Gate - Lorella Springs Wilderness Lodge (BLD)

We cross the border into the Northern Territory this morning at Wollogorang, the roadhouse here is now closed.
Cross the Robertson River and continue along the trail of our early drovers. Pass Warby Outstation on our way into Booroloola, one of our most remote towns and is on the McArther River. Time to explore the town before we continue to our destination for the next 2 nights Lorella Springs Wilderness Park.
Lorella Springs Wilderness Park is a huge 4,000-square kilometres (one-million acre) Outback cattle station surrounded by the Limmen National Park, Aboriginal land, and many kilometres of pristine Northern Territory Gulf of Carpentaria coastline, rivers and waterways.

Stay:Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Day 13. Lorella Springs Wilderness (BLD)

Today we get to explore this Sanctuary it has 20 kilometres of ocean frontage, bird filled lakes, rivers, hills, forests and savannah lands. We will climb past chasms, past waterfalls, past thermal springs, up the towering glittering crystalline escarpments, surveying this majestic massive country, and, as far as possible in every direction, all you can see is LORELLA.

Day 14. Lorella Springs — Cape Crawford (BLD)

Sadly we leave Lorella and explore a little more of the Limmen National Park with a short guided walk into the Southern Lost City as we make our way to Cape Crawford. We arrive early enough into Cape Crawford to take an optional (own expense) helicopter flight over the Lost City.

Stay: Heartbreak Hotel

Day 15. Cape Crawford—Ngukurr (BLD)

A little back tracking this morning along one of the remotest sections of the tour along the droving trail used in the 1870’s. We make our way to Roper Bar on the Roper River, before we cross into Arnhem Land and make our way to the community of Ngukurr for 2 nights at the Darla Motel.

Stay:Darla Motel

Day 16. Ngukurr (BD)

We take on board a local indigenous guide today to share his stories and tell us about the area. Visit the local art centre. The Roper River was explored by Ludwig Leichhardt in 1845. This afternoon we take a cruise on this magnificent river that runs into the Gulf.

Stay: Darla Motel

Day 17. Ngukurr—Katherine (BD)

Back to Roper Bar to join the Roper Highway, with a stop at Mataranka on our way into Katherine for overnight.

Stay:Knotts Crossing Resort

Day 18. Katherine—Kununurra (BD)

Making our way into Western Australia today we travel the Victoria Highway, stopping at Victoria River Roadhouse and Timber Creek. Travelling through some everchanging country to Kununurra for a two night stay.

STAY: Kimberley Croc Motel

Day 19. Kununurra (BD)

Sadly, we say goodbye to those departing today. Those choosing to take the next section of the tour to Broome have a free day to explore or just relax. 

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