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Wanderlust Australia 13 day Cairns to Darwin coach tour

Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours, Cairns to Kakadu Darwin coach tour

We’re so very lucky to have such incredibly different landscapes in Australia. And that’s what you’ll experience travelling from the lush emerald tropics to the dry savannah, as we head west from Cairns to Darwin on the road less travelled.

When was the last time you walked through vast ancient lava tunnels? Or kicked back with sundowners watching the sun set over Gulf waters where your seafood dinner has been freshly caught?

We’ll take you to where you’ll feel the spirit of the ‘Never never’. From Kakadu’s breath-taking magnificence to hearing the dreamtime and ancient galleries with stories that make the Mona Lisa seem a bit “Meh”.

Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!

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Departure point: Cairns, QLD

End destination: Darwin, NT

Tour duration: 13 days

Dept date: Monday 7 June 2021

Trip style: Escorted & free time

Accommodation type: Quality hotels & motels

Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners

Free time : Yes for shopping, meals & exploring like a local



Save $400.00 if paid in full by 7 April 2021 !

Pay just $500p.p. deposit to book this tour today !

$7,298.00 per person based on twin/double share room

$1,326.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room

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Wanderlust Australia Coach Tours Cairns to Darwin, Kurunda, The Gulf, Queensland
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What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 12 Day tour

Touching down after our flight today, we find ourselves in the bustling heart of Tropical North Queensland. 

Cairns is surrounded by ancient rainforests, spectacular reefs, and rich in culture making it the perfect place to start our journey. Using our taxi voucher, we’ll head from the airport to our hotel to settle in.

Tonight is all ours to explore this modern and vibrant city. With many fantastic eating venues, we will not be disappointed. Take a walk along the famous Cairns Esplanade offering an international variety of dinner options. A favourite among visitors and locals alike is the Dundee’s Restaurant offering stunning waterfront dining – why not give it a try?

2 nights | Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns | (07 4044 9000

No meals included

We embark on a breathtaking experience aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway. Track through picturesque valleys and the century-old tunnels of the magnificent Barron Falls National Park reaching the tropical plant clad Kuranda Station. 

Here you’ll find the mountain village of Kuranda to explore. Engage with local artists, indulge in wonderful food or browse the many boutiques that cater to all.

Meeting up again we join the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Gain a truly unique perspective while gliding metres above the pristine jungle of the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest. Stopping during our descent we visit a Rainforest Interpretative Centre and for a peaceful stroll along a boardwalk getting close enough to touch nature.

Later today you’ll arrive back at the hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Today we take our first steps upon the path less travelled. As tropical blues and lush greens peel away from sight, we find ourselves surrounded by arid and ancient beauty.

Arriving at the Bedrock Village, an oasis spread over acres of bushland, we eat lunch and have time to settle in.

This afternoon we head to Undara Volcanic National Park and meet our specialist Savannah Guide who will take us on a tour of some of the most amazing Undara ‘Lava Tubes’ in the area. The story began some 190, 000 years ago when the volcano, Undara, erupted and fiery molten lava flowed into nearby dry river beds. The external lava quickly cooled and hardened, whilst underneath a thickening surface crust, the fierce flow snaked its way through.

Eventually, the eruption stopped and the middle of the lava drained away, leaving the hardened exterior; and long, dark, hollow tubes. We’ll explore these tunnels before returning to Bedrock for the night.

Bedrock Village Caravan Park

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Watching the endless horizon stream by, we find ourselves contemplating the adventure ahead as we make our way to Karumba on the edge of the Gulf of Carpenteria.

Tonight, we dine at the famous Sunset Tavern, a wonderful spot to enjoy dinner and absorb the evening’s beauty. This is THE PLACE for sundowners of cold beer and buckets of locally caught gulf prawns. Both the seafood and a stunning sunset that promises not to disappoint.

2 night | Karumba Lodge Hotel Motel, Karumba

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We kick-off the day with discovering the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish. The brand-new state of the art Interpretive Centre provides a unique insight into the history, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish.

Learn about the mangrove systems and uncover the incredible birdlife with views over the saltwater lagoon, displaying flora and fauna straight from the Norman River. Afterwards, we’ll have time to explore the township at our own pace.

Re-joining together later for an evening out on the water, we board the Crab and Croc Cruise – rated highly on TripAdvisor. Watch the sky light up upon the mirrored waters, while sipping on a glass of wine with nibbles.

Returning to the hotel for a light dinner ends our day before a good night’s rest.  

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

We are back on the open road this morning as we make our way to the site of Burke and Wills last camp before they made their ill-fated journey home.

Then continuing, with meal and comfort breaks along the way, we arrive in Mount Isa. Affectionately known as the ‘oasis of the outback‘, it is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions. Here we arrive at our hotel and settle in for the next two nights.

2 nights | Ibis Styles, Mt Isa

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry while also being home to one of the most productive single mines and the southern hemisphere’s largest rodeo.

Today we’ll find out more at the Outback at Isa Complex, by heading underground on the Hard Times Mine Tour. With our miner’s cap on and our lamps lit bright, we let our guide lead the way as we descend into the tunnels via the Alamac cage. While underground our host will offer a real insight into the life of a miner, along with an entertaining story or two.

Back on topsoil, we experience a ‘one-stop-shop.’ Here we can choose from a diverse range of activities, from the fascinating Laboratory Tours at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, to the inspiring gallery exhibits inside the Isa Experience.

After a day unveiling Mount Isa secrets, we return to the hotel and freshen up for tonight when we do as the locals do and head to the pub!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After we cross the border into the Northern Territory we stop at the Barkly Homestead for lunch. Known as the “first and last pub” in the NT, it is literally a roadhouse in the middle of nowhere.

After a cool drink or two, we are back on the open road to arrive into Tennant Creek later this afternoon. 

Bluestone Motor Inn, Tennant Creek

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We’ve got an early start this morning has us well on our way to the fondly known “Top End.”

Tracing parts of an old drover’s track, we take rest at a remote watering hole – The Daly Waters Pub. One of our most favourite Australian pubs, it is true-blue in every sense! Clad in corrugated iron, draped with bougainvillea and crammed with decades of memorabilia, we’ll enjoy lunch here along with a good yarn or two, then continue onwards and upwards.

This afternoon we arrive at our overnight stop – the small pastoral town of Mataranka, made famous by the novel “We of the Never Never” and renowned for its sandy-bottomed thermal pool. This natural wonder has soothed many a traveller over the years – so make sure our bathers and towel are handy!

Territory Manor, Mataranka

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning has us travelling through to Katherine and onto Pine Creek for lunch.

Afterwards, we set off to experience the magic of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

Arriving at the Lodge, we have time to relax and soak up the serenity before an enchanting Yellow Water Sunset Cruise. Peacefully glide along the tranquil waters of the billabong, keeping an eye out for the native wildlife and hopefully a crocodile or two as they become more active in the afternoon’s cooler temperatures.

We have just experienced a very special introduction to the spectacular national park.

Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

We are met by an accredited guide this morning to visit the walls of the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site which has served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years. These paintings are a window to a rich spiritual tradition and we hear the stories of the traditional owners as our guide walks us through their world.

Now with a sense of wonderment and understanding, we begin the journey to Darwin. Along the way, we’ll stop on the banks of the Adelaide River at the Adelaide River Queen Pavilion Café for lunch.

Next we have our chance to smile at a crocodile. Safe, scary and confronting, we may have seen these guys on a documentary but today we are in for a thrilling experience aboard the Jumping Croc Cruise. Safely in the hands of our knowledgeable skipper, we get up close to these magnificent creatures while watching them as they propel their massive bulks high out of the water to snatch their food from the sides of our boat. We guarantee a newfound respect for the Croc after this cruise.

Back on dry land, we travel to the Northern Territory’s unhurried capital, Darwin. With its balmy nights and colourful characters, for dinner this evening we suggest that you get out and explore the many cafes and restaurants all within easy walking distance of the hotel. Darwin’s signature dishes include amazing prawns from the Gulf and before you leave you have to seek out Penang Crocodile Curry and the King hit dish – Chili Mud Crab.

2 nights | DoubleTree by Hilton, Darwin

Meal: Breakfast

Darwin was bombed by more than 50 air raids during WW2 and 230 people were killed. This morning we discover the role Darwin played during WW2 and visit some of the buildings that remain from that time.

Among many things, this town is a lively melting pot of people and cultures so we have set aside the rest of the day to immerse ourselves in its friendly and laid-back atmosphere – we’re on “Darwin time” now so whatever we do – the choice is ours. Explore the city’s galleries, museums, lush tropical gardens and if you’re game try the famed Crocodile Cage of Death! Check out our best of Darwin guide in our blog.

We then finish the day with a local saying: “If you don’t like sunsets and markets, you won’t like Darwin.” So tonight, we embraces the first part of this saying with a comforting sunset harbour cruise.

With a view only gained from the waters of the harbour, we sit back and relax with a wonderful dinner while the Top End sky puts on a brilliant display of burning yellows, deep oranges and wild pinks. Just magical!

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Again we say what a tour!

We have spent our days on the path less travelled and now have some amazing one of a kind tales to tell. We have witnessed some of the most eye-opening places the Australian Outback has to offer – there really is no place quite like it!

After breakfast we have a taxi voucher ready for our “self-transfer” to Darwin Airport for the flight home, marking the last moments of this adventure.

Meal: Breakfast

All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.

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Why I love this trip... Kirsty

Those lava tubes are just bizzare and huge! And all those northern sunsets are stunning. I love that we call into the small pubs along the way and tick the Kakadu bucket list!

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See the Top End’s crown jewels of Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park plus the Tiwi Islands.

Dept date: 21 June 2021

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