Gulf Savannah

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17 Days
Availability : 9 May - 18 June
Cairns or Darwin
Min Age : Open
Max People : 15
Tour Details
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This itinerary was created due to requests from past clients who refused to travel with other providers!  It has been thoroughly researched and tested to bring you the best of the Northern Territory and Gulf Savannah!  In 2021 we ran it in both directions 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, Lorella Springs, 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. 

Departure & Return Locations

May 9, Depart Cairns

June 2, Depart Darwin

Price Includes
  • Tented accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner *see itinerary for BYO (Buy Your Own) meals
  • Sleeping equipment (tall tent, high density foam mattress, sheets/blanket, pillow)
  • 9 outsourced tours
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ferries & camps
  • Customised experience of the Top End!
  • One of the best tours we’ve seen, travelling through a huge range of spectacular scenery
  • The Incredible Kakadu & Litchfield National Park
  • The Lost City
  • Lorella Springs & Limmen National Park
  • Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) and kayaking up the gorge
  • Burketown flight over salt pans and sunset with Aboriginal story telling and star gazing
  • Riversleigh Fossil Site
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Matt Wright’s Top End Safari Camp house boat, air boat & helicopter ride plus croc feeding
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 15 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
  • 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 (9-25 May)
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Darwin to Cairns (2-18 June)
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Itinerary note:

T1 Day 14, T2 Day 4:  Injalak Arts currently advises that Injalak Hill & the Arts Centre are currently closed to public due to Coronavirus.  They advise that they are unable to confirm Hill Tour availability, and that “it is a decision made by the Northern Land Council respecting the wishes of the Traditional Owners”.  We will not know if they will open to public until April next year, when rivers reside.  As such, the prices have not been factored into this years tour, and it will be a bonus if we can attend.  In the case it does not open, we will seek out an alternative in Kakadu.  There is plenty to see there in the time we have! 

Your Guides
guide description and pictures

Please note!

Rossy may not be your guide this year.  There are 2 vehicles running now.  Rossy will be on some tours for training but will also be running private tours this year due to demand.  All of our guides are excellent though, and you will fall in love with them!

The Truck

Our 15-seater tour truck, Zeus, takes us on all our adventures. He is equipped with very comfortable seating perfect for off-road driving, a sound system with microphones for those who love karaoke and plenty of storage. 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 people and there is a fridge for clients in the trailer for your own snacks and 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 around fire

Camping Equipment

We are very particular about a few things that make a trip comfortable; good food and sleeping gear are two of those.

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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