Cairns to Karumba
Plan a road trip across the Savannah Way
Whether you’re looking to go for a bushwalk in Kuranda or take a river cruise in Cobbold Gorge, there’s plenty of things to do on your adventure from Cairns to Karumba. If you need a set of wheels to get you across the Savannah Way, check out our extensive range of 4WDs and SUVs and book a car hire with us today.
The gateway to some of Australia’s most iconic natural attractions, Cairns is the perfect spot to kick-start your adventure across the Savannah Way. Lace up your boots and go on a scenic bushwalk through the Daintree Rainforest before joining a crocodile watching tour at Cape Tribulation. For some fun off shore, head out to the Great Barrier Reef and make a splash with some of the rarest underwater creatures in the world.
Kuranda 27 km
From Cairns, head northwest to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. Hop on board the Skyrail and see the rainforest from the comfort of your glass-bottomed cable car or, if you’re up for the challenge, visit Barron Gorge National Park and hike along the Douglas Track to reach Stoney Creek.
Mount Surprise 381 km
Sitting on the edge of the Undara lava field, Mount Surprise is a fascinating town that holds an important place in the region’s history. Take a fossicking lesson and try your luck searching for quartz and aquamarine gems, or learn more about the landscape on a tour through the lava tube caves at the Undara Volcanic National Park.
Cobbold Gorge 299 km
After a day at Mount Surprise, journey south to Cobbold Gorge and discover one of Far North Queensland’s best kept secrets. Cruise out to the gorge and explore the hidden oasis from the water or, if you’re happy to splurge, hop on a helicopter tour and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Gulf Savannah region.
Normanton 387 km
Known for its laidback atmosphere and old-fashioned charm, Normanton is a great place to stop on the way from Cobbold Gorge to Karumba. Hop out for a bite to eat at the historic Purple Pub, then take the short drive to the Mutton Hole Wetlands for an afternoon of bird watching before heading north to Karumba.
Karumba 71 km
After a journey through some of Far North Queensland’s most popular destinations, finish your road trip at the peaceful riverside town of Karumba. Join the locals for a fishing tour on the Gulf of Carpentaria before heading to Lions Park for a barbeque by the water. After dinner, zip across town to the aptly named Sunset Tavern and enjoy a cold drink in their scenic outdoor beer garden.
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