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Cairns Gulf of Carpentaria Overnight Tour

This Outback Overnight Tour takes you from the tourist hub of Cairns to the remote, historic townships and destinations of the Gulf of Carpentaria, on a unique overnight adventure. By choosing to fly you are not only saving yourself a 3-day drive, you are including a scenic aerial adventure taking in the best of the rainforest and outback.

This 2 day / 1 night tour departs Cairns Airport’s General Aviation terminal at 8.30am and returns at 5pm the following day. It’s an amazing outback experience which costs $5,800 for 4 people ($1,450 per person) and includes the following:

  • Scenic flight transfers to/from Cairns, stopping at Undara Station and Karumba
  • Half Day Lava Tube Tour, visiting ancient lava tubes with savannah guide commentary
  • Rail journey on the legendary Gulflander, from Normanton to Croydon
  • Accommodation at the End of the Road Motel (based on twin share accommodation)

This is perfect for couples travelling together, small groups and families. A brief itinerary and outline is as follows. Please note this can be tailored to suit your needs and interests. Contact us today for more information.


Day 1

Taking off from Cairns Airport we head inland, to begin your outback adventure. The green terrain of the coast gives way to red earth and rolling savannah plains marked with termite mounds and eucalyptus trees. Our first destination is Undara Experience, an award winning, privately operated tourist attraction, where we arrive at around 9.20am.

Stepping off the plane, you enter the outback and commence your discovery with a fully-guided, Archway Explorer Lava Tube tour. You will be impressed with the commentary and the geography. The Undara lava tubes are believed to be the longest in the world. They formed after the Undara Volcano erupted about 190,000 years ago.

You can BYO lunch on this tour, or purchase it at Fettler’s Iron Pot Bistro. After lunch, it’s back into the plane to head to one of the northernmost points of Australia, the remote fishing township of Karumba, where you stay at the aptly named ‘End of the Road’ motel.

One of Karumba’s famous landmarks is the Sunset Tavern, which provides a comfortable vantage point over what is arguably Australia’s best sunset (not to mention cold beer and fresh prawns). Dinner is not included in the tour price, but can be purchased here.

Day 2

Karumba to Normanton this morning to catch the legendary Gulflander train, which departs at 8.30am. The Gulflander was originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the gold fields of Croydon. Today, it’s a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

This journey is a one of a kind and a real taster of the Australian outback. The railway is heritage listed and has a unique sleeper design, which allows seasonal floodwaters to flow over it with minimal impact and damage. This guided rail journey includes tales of the outback, fascinating trivia and species identification.

Arriving into Croydon at 1.30pm, there’s time for you to buy lunch at the Club Hotel (the last of 122 licenses in the town), before we depart at 3pm. This afternoon it’s a scenic 2 hour flight back to Cairns, taking in Queensland’s highest mountains and a quick view of the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef, before arriving into Cairns at 5pm.

What Will I See?

As much as possible! The scenic flight takes in the very best of this colourful landscape, from the rich green rainforests, to the red savannah outback, to the blue of the Coral Sea. Photographers will be particularly happy. Our Cessna 337 uses the unique “Centre Line Thrust” and high wing, which means there aren’t any engines or wings blocking your stunning pictures.

The volcanic Undara landscape is ancient. The giant lava tubes are impressive. Flying really is the very best way to see the wonders of the Gulf of Carpentaria. From the comfort of above, you can gaze over this wide, usually brown land, which is criss crossed serpent-like by some major water systems, their tributaries reaching green fingers into the arid landscape. Karumba is beloved by fisherman and its sunsets are simply spectacular. The Gulflander rail journey gives a historic insight into the rich pioneering history of the area, giving you the chance to see the outback landscape up close.

For an overnight adventure, this tour gives you a diverse insight into the many facets of the Australian Outback, its people, places and beauty.

What Does It Cost?

This tour costs $5,800 for 4 people ($1,450 per person), which includes the aforementioned itinerary, accommodation and pilot commentary. It does not include meals, beverages or souvenir items. This tour is perfect for couples travelling together, small groups and families wanting to see the best of Far North Australia’s outback, without long days driving through sometimes monotonous landscapes.

Flying Overnight Adventures
Cairns Gulf of Carpentaria Tour $5,800 or $1,450pp for 4 people.
For more information on Outback Overnight Journeys, please contact Hew Mills on phone 0409 976 888
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