Gulf Savannah (Cairns to Darwin)

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5.0 Stars - Based on 123 Guest Reviews

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17 Days
Depart: Cairns OR Darwin
Min Age : Open
Max People : 18
Gulf Savannah Tour Highlights
Gulf Savannah Tour Details
Read this page before booking!

This Gulf Savannah Tour was created due to requests from past clients who refused to travel with other providers!  The itinerary has been thoroughly researched and tested to bring you the best of the Northern Territory and Gulf Savannah!  We ran our inaugural tour in 2021 and it blew everyone away, including us!  It is a very unique itinerary visiting some of the most mind-blowing places in the Top End! 

Departing from Cairns or Darwin, highlights include Kakadu & Litchfield National Park, The Lost City, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Riversleigh Fossil Deposit, Burketown and the world famous Undara Lava Tubes!  There is a helicopter flight over wetlands plus another flight over Australia’s largest aggregate saltpans!  There are sunset dinner cruises, croc feeding, ancient landscapes and incredible wildlife to experience!

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances or driver’s decision based on what is best for the group.  This itinerary is ONLY a guide.  Whilst an itinerary is important, at Cockatours, we believe being flexible and having the ability to explore and deviate is also incredibly important.  quality and sustainable tourism logo

Important note

Please be aware, this tour is subject to change as some places won’t accept reservations until 12 months beforehand. We have flagged dates with all providers but are still awaiting confirmation from some. Until then, the itinerary may change slightly.

  • One of the best tours we’ve seen, travelling through a huge range of spectacular scenery
  • Your guide is an Ecologist & a Cape York local!
  • The Incredible Kakadu & Litchfield National Park
  • Limmen NP & The Lost City
  • Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) and kayaking up the gorge
  • Burketown flight over salt pans and sunset tour
  • Riversleigh Fossil Site
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp house boat, air boat & helicopter ride plus croc feeding
  • Four 2-night stays!
Departure & Return Locations

Cairns or Darwin

Price Includes
  • Tented accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner, including 5 dinners out!
  • Sleeping equipment (tall tent, high density foam mattress, sheets/blanket, pillow)
  • 7 outsourced tours
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ferries & camps
  • Customised experience of the Top End!

How do the payments work?

  • A 20% deposit is required within 7 days of booking to secure your seat
  • A 30% payment is due 6 months before departure
  • The balance is due 60 days before departure

Our Prices

As inflation and the cost of goods and services increases, we have had to adjust our prices. We have always tried to keep our prices low for you, however, prices have risen across the board and we must keep up. Fuel prices have risen significantly, increasing the prices of food and other resources in remote areas due to freight costs. Many of our accommodation and tour providers have doubled, and sometimes tripled in price. Since 2023, all dinners out have also been included in your tour price. 

We also pride ourselves in maintaining our vehicles impeccably and paying our guides well.  Our staff are up there with the highest paid tour guides & cooks in Australia. And despite what you may have heard, road conditions in Cape York and the Top End are as bad as they always have been, and there is still a LOT of bad dirt.

We have recently conducted research on all other companies going to Cape York (& a few Gulf Savannah), including motorbikes, tagalongs and tour trucks.  We found that we are still the best value in Cape York, whilst maintaining our 5-star rating.

We are just outlining this as we believe in being transparent and we hope you can appreciate the immense value of these remote, outback tours. We hope you will continue to support us, our staff and our dream.

What to expect

Cockatours is a family-owned business who aim to create unforgettable experiences for everyone. We would love to share our experience and knowledge of the remote top end of Australia with you and show you places, experiences and wildlife you never thought existed!  We run smaller tours with a maximum of 15 (Isuzu) or 19 (MAN) people so it still feels private and we expect everyone to be friendly, considerate and work together as a team to create a positive experience for all. 

As a small business, we have the ability to be flexible and use this as an advantage for creating great experiences and adventures. Tours are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances and the guide’s decision to best suit the group. 

If you decide to join us on an adventure, please note the following:

  • be prepared for true bush camps; some have no facilities – we have a bush toilet and shower for these occasions
  • some camp toilets can be a 100-200m walk from your tent
  • tented accommodation: light, easy to setup, 6ft tall
  • team work; everyone helps clean, cook, pack & set up
  • we offer amazing camping meals to suit large groups - our meals are raved about!
  • we have limited access to shops, services or phone reception (Cape York is mostly Telstra only)
  • our itinerary is a guideline. We may alter the tour throughout the season if we feel there is a better option or an activity is not worth your time
  • we have a great reputation to uphold and endeavour to provide an amazing tour every time!
Tour Specific Notes
  • Bring water bottles (or small backpacks with bladders) with a capacity up to 3L for some of the hikes. Staying hydrated in the tropics is critical to feeling good, avoiding headaches and enjoying your tour!
  • You must have hiking shoes (preferably with ankle support) for this tour. If you are an experienced hiker/bushwalker, go with what you normally wear and are comfortable with.
  • Please bring a head lamp with you. They will save you an enormous amount of angst at night time around camp. You will also need them for cave walks. We have a couple of models we recommend and stock in our ‘truck shop’ for $30-40. Clients in the past have replaced their BCF specials with these and been stoked with them. We make no profit on these, we just want our clients to fully enjoy their camping experience!
  • There are lots of walks on these tours. You never have to do a walk, however, to make the most of this trip, completing all (non-optional) walks is highly recommended. We would highly recommend a decent level of fitness or starting morning/afternoon walks at home before this tour commences. You should be able to walk at least 3km over uneven ground, with elevation change to make the most of this tour.
All itineraries are subject to change due to unexpected conditions, circumstances or driver's decision based on what is best for the group.
Cairns to Darwin Tour (15-31 May, 2025)
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itinerary of northern territory tour
Darwin to Cairns Tour (27 July - 12 August, 2025)
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itinerary of northern territory tour
Your Guides
  • Rossy, Cockatours ownerRossy worked as an ecologist in Cape York for 6 years, helping Indigenous rangers from Coen and Aurukun manage their feral pig populations to improve the health of their country and wetlands and reduce sea turtle nest predation by feral pigs. For the past 5 years he has run tours in Cape York & the NT. He is a passionate photographer and offers lessons to help people learn how to use their camera and understand photography. He is passionate about reptiles and was once a snake catcher in Townsville, but these days prefers to take photos and reduce risk!
  • Our chef/cook for this trip will be announced closer to departure.
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The Truck

Our tour truck, Zeus, has taken us on incredible adventures! He is currently still with us, but will be replaced with a newer model by 2025.

As an idea, our trucks are equipped with comfortable seating perfect for off-road driving, a good sound system and USB charging ports. The air-conditioning works extremely well and the tinted windows in the cab help keep the glare & heat out! Our trailer is our portable kitchen with even more storage which is perfect for any event; short/long term camping trips, weekend getaways, the list goes on!  There’s even a large awning for those rare rainy days! 

On camping tours, we take a maximum of 15-19 people and there is a fridge for clients in the trailer for your own  drinks!

seats inside an isuzu tour truck
truck and trailer in river
truck and trailer in fog
couple sitting at door of tent
camp chairs around fire
Camp chairs (Isuzu Truck)
camp chairs around fire
Camp chairs (MAN Truck)

Camping Equipment

We are very particular about a few things that make a trip comfortable; good food and sleeping gear are two of those. We do our best to maintain our gear to a high standard and turn over our camping gear frequently.

Our single or duo tents are 6.5 ft high, very spacious and easy to put up. The fly can also be removed, making it a big mozzie dome, for those starry nights so you can watch the stars go over head! 

The mattresses are high-quality, high-density dunlop foam mattresses that stack (not rollable) and are comfy! We have sheets and micro-fibre blankets (NO yucky sleeping bags) for bedding and a mattress case as well. The pillows are real pillows and are covered with hygienic pillow covers as well as a standard pillow case. We even supply bath mats for the front of your tent!  The chairs and mattresses vary between trucks due to storage space.

a mattress set up inside a tent

We highly suggest reading through our Frequently Asked Questions before sending through an enquiry or making a booking. 

Click here to visit our FAQs page. 

Camping Checklist

We have provided a handy camping checklist for you to help with your preparations.  This list was built from suggestions from past clients!

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Susanne Green

Susanne Green

Solo Traveller

WOW! This was an absolutely fabulous tour! Joe, the driver and guide, was informative, caring and supportive, giving the encouragement the guests needed to try every activity and fully participate without feeling pressured. Ryan’s food was well cooked, and no one went hungry! Rossy thanks for encouraging me to go on this big adventure could never have done this on my own!

June 23, 2023

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