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Wilderness Challenge

Wilderness Challenge maximises your experience from Cairns to Cape York – in Northern Australia through the high quality of its guide team and meticulous detail in itineraries and equipment. The company has 10 Regional, State and National Tourism Awards and holds the highest accreditations available.

Accommodated and camping safaris and tours explore the Daintree, Cooktown, Cape York, The Gulf Savannah and Savannah Way, Kakadu and The Kimberley. But a Wilderness Challenge safari is so much more than a series of great destinations – it’s an emotional experience you’ll get with few other holidays. Travelling in small groups of only 13 is vital to these adventures.

In this way you can relax with personal attention while you discover a rich history of ancient Aboriginal culture, of heroic explorers and lonely pioneers. Meet locals and understand life in today’s outback. You’ll learn about the captivating animals and plants of the Australian bush and the delicate relationships that bind its many ecosystems.

Family owned and operated, Wilderness Challenge offers scheduled departures from Cairns, Darwin and Broome. OKA, Mercedes Benz and Toyota vehicles are used, along with the best available accommodation in classic locations or luxurious camping in safety, comfort and style.

Your caring naturalist guides will share with you their favourite places and nature’s wonders. They are qualified and experienced, and passionate about their roles. Most are accredited Savannah Guides, continually updating their knowledge of some of Australia’s most wondrous and remote regions. You will enjoy the adventure and excitement of new experiences with a small group of like-minded travellers from Australia and the world.

Come with Wilderness Challenge to capture the emotion and romance, the tragedies and triumphs of Australia’s amazing outback. For more information on the full range of Wilderness Challenge tours available, please contact Wilderness Challenge through the links below.

Touring Options

Gulf Savannah 4WD Nine To 14 Days

Experience the Savannah Way and more including Lawn Hill Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes, Chillagoe Limestone Caves, Karumba, Riversleigh Fossil Field, rattling ‘Gulflander’ and ‘Savannahlander’ rail journeys and outback life with the locals. Arnhemland, Kakadu and Katherine Gorge. Master Operator with the prestigious Savannah Guides organisation, Wilderness Challenge is most qualified to interpret these landscapes and lifestyles.

Nine day accommodated ‘Wanderer’ safari travels Cairns to Cairns. Accommodated ‘Drover’ and camping ‘Overlander’ safaris operate one way Cairns to Darwin or reverse.

Visit Wilderness Challenge’s website for full details. Please request by email a free DVD of the Gulf Wanderer Safari.

Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

A maximum of 13 guests on this fascinating day in the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics rainforests, an area once described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the most magical experiences of my life’.

Enjoy a Marlin Coast scenic drive and Daintree River cable ferry, walks at four rainforest sites including ‘Jindalba’ endangered cassowary habitat. Relax with a delicious tropical barbecue lunch at the exclusive ‘Riverhouse’ rainforest hideaway including reef fish, steak, salads, exotic tropical fruits and damper. Secluded crocodile spotting cruise on a jungle creek. Picturesque Mossman Gorge.

Please visit the Wilderness Challenge website for details.

4WD Cooktown, Aboriginal Rock Art and Daintree Two to Three Days

An accommodated safari exploring ancient rainforests, outback landscapes and awesome Aboriginal rock art. You’ll relive the amazing feats of intrepid explorers, a rollicking Gold Rush and the struggles of pioneers, capturing the essence of Australia’s natural and human history in just two or three days.

Days one and two feature Sugar Cane and Cattle country, Split Rock art, Cooktown, James Cook Historical Museum, Lions Den, Black Mountain, Bloomfield Track, Cape Tribulation, Daintree River. The Optional Day three includes a rainforest resort, crocodile spotting cruise and Mossman Gorge.

Please visit the Wilderness Challenge website for detailed itineraries and prices.

Cape York 4WD, Fly and Cruise Safari Combinations

Wilderness Challenge offers Cape York safari experiences from seven to 14 days.

Changing habitats of crystal clear spring fed creeks and huge termite mounds, diverse wildlife and the pride of standing at the very top of Australia. Highlight locations include Twin Falls, Cooktown, Weipa, The Iron Range and Thursday Island.

Accommodated safaris stay at bird lodges, resorts and hotels. Camping safaris are very comfortable and well catered, using picturesque bush sites. You can choose your combination of 4WD overland with scenic flight or luxury cruising aboard Coral Princess.

Please visit the Wilderness Challenge website for detailed itineraries and prices.

Activites and Experiences at Wilderness Challenge

  • Aussie Host
  • Better Business Program
  • National Ecotourism Certification Program (EcoCertification)
  • Savannah Guide
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Barbecue
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Cruising
  • Flora
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Train Ride
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing
  • Walking
  • Direct
  • Inbound
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Cruise
  • Cultural
  • Eco Tourism
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Farm/Station
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • Island
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Off road
  • Outback
  • Rail
  • Rainforest
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Soft Adventure
  • Wilderness
  • Wildflower
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • Adult Getaway
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Empty Nesters
  • Family
  • Group
  • Luxury
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Self-Drive
  • Senior
  • Single
  • Australian Tourism Export Council
  • Tourism Tropical North Qld
  • Sunlover Holidays
  • Tourism Council Australia
  • Cheques By Arrangement
  • Bankcard
  • Cheques Bank
  • Cash
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • Australian Travellers Cheque
  • Visa
  • Air-conditioning
  • Commentary
  • Drop off
  • Meal
  • Pickup
  • Seat belts
  • Toilet
  • Four Wheel Drive

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