Tagalong Tour

Join like-minded travellers on a road adventure in North West Queensland with our friends at Big Sky Tagalong Tours. These 12 and 14 day guided tag-along-tours have been specially designed for caravans and camper trailers. View the full itineraries below.

North West Loop Tour

Pricing is for 2 Adults in a Vehicle and Camper/Caravan for 14 days

  • Price: $3250.00 for two people. Additional people $1050.00 each
  • Tour Dates: 29 July – 11 August 2020

About Big Sky Tagalong Tours

Big Sky Tagalong Tours offers tag-along 4WD tours specialising in remote area travel.

Your tour guide holds the current Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment and has been delivering workplace driver training (including 4WD training) for over 17 years, and he also holds nationally accredited Statements of Attainment in Basic and Advanced Four-Wheel Driving and Recovery Techniques. Read more

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Included in tour

  • All camping, Caravan Park, National Park fees and permits
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • All breakfasts
  • Kuranda Heritage Markets
  • Crystal Caves Atherton
  • Undara Lava Tubes Tour
  • Cobbold Gorge Tour
  • Normanton Motor-rail ride
  • Star Gazing at Burketown
  • John Flynn Museum
  • Cloncurry Unearthed Museum
  • Kronosaurus Korner
  • Venus Gold Battery
  • Reef HQ Aquarium
  • Camp cooking plate, cooking and packing hints
  • Fully-equipped escort vehicle fitted with satellite phone and emergency first aid kit

Tour Details

Big Sky’s 14-day North West Loop Tour aims to take in as much of Far North Queensland as we’re able.  This journey links The Savannah Way, Overlander’s Way and the northern section of the Matilda Way.

Starting out in Cairns, the expedition takes in such iconic locations as Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge, Normanton and Karumba. We’ll also check out Burketown, Cloncurry, and Charters Towers before winding down in Townsville. After mustering, greeting, and partaking of a special Welcome Dinner, the tour proper will begin by exploring Kuranda, the village in the rainforest. Kuranda Heritage Markets will be just one of the attractions we will visit there, before heading to Mareeba and then onto Atherton and the  glorious Crystal Caves. Our next stop, The Undara Experience, is no less spectacular, being the largest lava tube system on the planet. You will be amazed at what you see and learn as you wind through the tubes on a two hour guided tour

The following day sees us heading for Cobbold Gorge. Here you will be treated to a 3-hour tour  of the gorge, after which you’re very welcome to spend the afternoon relaxing in the pool. Next stop is Normanton on the Savannah, home to the Purple Pub and Kris the crocodile. Our activities here will include a 40-minute ride on a charming vintage rail motor, the RM60, built in 1931. From Normanton we travel up to Karumba. Nothing beats standing on a beach there to take in a magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Barramundi Centre in Karumba is another must-see. You will have a day to yourself to explore this wonderful town, or maybe you would prefer to hop aboard a fishing charter. If you do, there’s a very good chance you’ll bring home something delicious for dinner.

Travelling on to the west, our next stop is Burketown, named after the ambitious explorer Robert O’Hara Burke. A very special evening will be spent here, star-gazing while listening to Dreamtime stories from the Gangalidda people. What goes up must come down – or south in this case, and after a night at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, we leave for Cloncurry, looking forward to viewing the wonderful exhibits at the John Flynn Museum and Cloncurry Unearthed Museum. From Cloncurry, we head for Richmond. Here we’ll discover the wonders of the prehistoric world at Kronosaurus Korner. If you think dinosaurs aren’t your thing, maybe some bush tucker and bird  watching at Lake Fred Tritton will fit the bill.

Our next stop is Charters Towers, where we explore the wonderful buildings this romantic old  mining town has to offer. Later we’ll visit the Venus Gold Battery, a national treasure which is described as the biggest and best-preserved battery relic in the country. End of the road is Townsville, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Here we will visit the Reef HQ Aquarium, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, before sitting down to a farewell dinner together.

FNQ Discovery Drive Tour

Pricing is for 2 Adults in a Vehicle and Camper/Caravan for 12 days

  • Price: $2250.00 for two people. Additional people $850.00 each
  • Tour Dates: 15 August – 26 August 2020

About Big Sky Tagalong Tours

Big Sky Tagalong Tours offers tag-along 4WD tours specialising in remote area travel.

Your tour guide holds the current Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment and has been delivering workplace driver training (including 4WD training) for over 17 years, and he also holds nationally accredited Statements of Attainment in Basic and Advanced Four-Wheel Driving and Recovery Techniques. Read more

Book Now Download brochure

Included in tour

  • All camping, caravan park, National Park fees and permits
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • All breakfasts
  • Flinders Discovery Centre Hughenden
  • Julia Creek Dunnart
  • John Flynn Museum
  • Cloncurry Unearthed Museum
  • Mary Kathleen ghost town
  • Min Min Encounter
  • Lunch at the Middleton Hotel
  • Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Torrens Creek Hotel dinner
  • Camp cooking plate, cooking and packing hints
  • Fully-equipped escort vehicle fitted with satellite phone and emergency first aid kit

Tour Details

Our 12-day Discovery Drive will take you on a journey packed to the brim with outback legends, ancient discoveries and bucket-list adventures.

Launching in Townsville, this boomerang tour will take in such towns as Richmond, Julia Creek, Mount Isa,  Boulia and Winton before returning home. There’ll be a lot to do on the trip and rest assured a couple of surprises will be popping up along the way. Once we leave the coast, we will head for Charters Towers, in its day one of the richest gold mining towns in Queensland. From there we travel to Hughenden, perched on the edge of an ancient inland sea and home to the Flinders Discovery Centre. Here you will not only get to meet “Hughie” the 7-metre tall Muttaburrasaurus, but you’ll marvel at the  world-class display of ancient fossils. North Queensland evenings are ideal for relaxing, so after the stones ‘n bones, why not take a drink and some cheese and watch the sunset from Mount Walker?

Julia Creek is our next port of call. Here we will meet a special little mate, the endangered Julia Creek Dunnart. From there we head to Cloncurry for two nights, stopping on the way for a real bucket-list item, lunch at Crocodile Dundee’s Walkabout Creek Hotel. The day following our arrival in Cloncurry will be spent viewing the wonderful exhibits at the John Flynn Museum and then the Cloncurry Unearthed Museum.

Mount Isa is next on the itinerary and we travel via a slight detour in order to take in the sights of Mary Kathleen. This place, an abandoned town uranium mining town, is an absolute hidden gem. Mount Isa is a great spot to resupply if you find yourself getting low on essentials. After The Isa comes Boulia and its well-known Min-Min Encounter Show. Are Min-Min Lights real? Or just a figment of outback imagination? This is certainly the place to find out more about them. From Boulia, we head for Winton, first lunching at the Middleton Hotel, one the most isolated pubs in Queensland.

We will then spend two nights in Winton, which gives us all a stretch of time to catch up on washing and other chores. We highly recommend that you allow a day to spend at the Waltzing Matilda Centre which is maybe the only (certainly the first) museum in the world built around a song. You will see displays tracing the local origin of QANTAS, Australia’s national airline. Our last stop before heading home to Townsville will be Torrens Creek, population 20 and home to some splendid national parks** and lookouts. The tour will treat you to a meal at the Torrens Creek Hotel, where you’ll probably get to meet most of the locals! Once back in Townsville, we will gather for the last time to share memories around a farewell dinner.

**White Mountains National Park & Porcupine Gorge National Park. Ask about scenic helicopter flights with Fox Helicopters leaving from Torrens Creek Hotel.