Mataranka to Katherine
From $8,500 per vehicle
This unique journey has been organised in consultation with communities in Arnhem Land, and our experienced guides are able to gain access to several areas off limits to the average 4WD enthusiast.
The tour officially begins in Mataranka and we travel on the Central Arnhem Road (CAR) to our first camp on beautiful Blue Mud Bay. There will be ample time to fish, relax and participate in some meaningful cultural experiences. We then travel to Nhulunbuy Township for supplies and there will be opportunities to explore this remote community. With two more scenic coastal 3-night camps on our itinerary, we will explore the nearby beaches. There are options to drive and/or walk as there are walking tracks connecting several of the beaches near our campsites. Back on the Stuart Highway, we will travel north to Katherine. There will also be time to experience Kakadu National Park and Jabiru before tackling the famous crocodile infested Cahill’s Crossing. Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is on the Cobourg Peninsular and we will camp at Smith Point. Upon our return we will stop at Jabiru and the tour will finish at Katherine Gorge after 20 days of spectacular scenery and adventure.
In 2018, I joined Ken & Ross in a convoy of 7 vehicles to explore the Simpson Desert. It was a fantastic trip, and the landscape was spectacular. We travelled from Birdsville across the Simpson Desert and returned via the lesser-known Madigan Line. I felt totally included in the group and the atmosphere of fun and banter around the campfire each night was memorable. This was a trip I’d been wanting to do for years however I just didn’t have the confidence or the CAN DO attitude to tackle it on my own. Travelling tagalong style, I knew that my safety was never in doubt and that certainly changed my attitude and increased my confidence. The trip was well-organised and informative, and the communication was excellent. When we arrived back in Birdsville to find our original route flooded, the team were quick to plan an alternative so that our adventure could continue. Good onya Ross & Kenny!
We joined the tag-along tour for a Simpson Desert crossing. At first I thought it was just another added expense, as we usually did our own thing. After a very short time we were bogged in a very difficult situation, which with the combined experience, sharing of equipment, and the company and help of the others in the group, disaster was averted. Puncture repairs and tyre changes are certainly made easier with assistance from your fellow travellers, as they normally happen in the most difficult circumstances. Entry to normally closed areas was accessed with preplanned permits and permission to enjoy sites not normally seen. Advice on carrying petrol and alcohol were advised to avoid hefty fines of up to $30,000, and or jail in some areas. Permits are long drawn out affairs, that are expensive, especially for single tourers, and can be explicit on times of arrival and transitioning some lands that have many hidden treasures not accessible to most. The comfort of having experienced guides and support in times of 4WD'ing difficult terrain is fantastic, along with the fellowship in the evening, and discussing the day gone, and the challenges ahead. Providing your own food and meal requirements was important to me, as I have some special medical and dietary requirements. Safety and backup is important when exploring out of the way places, which was well covered by the tour leaders. Would I do another tag-along, yes in a heartbeat, and we have booked two more trip for this year.
To whom it may concern I have known Ross for several years and have accompanied him on a couple of his trips. He was very organised and a great leader, taking me to very interesting places. He has a huge interest in our country and I think him sharing that with everyone would be a fantastic thing for him to do. He is a great person, has a wonderful sense of humour and is heaps of fun to be around. I wish him all the best in his business venture.