Gulf Savannah Experience

13 days | Departs May to Oct 2024
Fly to Cairns before joining us on an amazing tour through the Northern Savannah! We tour to Georgetown and onto the fishing village of Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Our tour visits Burke and Wills Camp #119 – the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860. We continue to Cobbold Gorge before returning to Cairns for a 3 night stay before returning home. In Cairns we enjoy a wonderful Green Island Cruise and a great Skyrail Experience!

Departs
Cairns
Returns
Cairns
Meals included
11 breakfasts, 9 lunches & 8 dinners
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Tour Inclusions

  • Return flights to & from Cairns
  • 11 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) & 8 dinners (D)

Included Rail Journeys

Gulflander
A journey aboard the legendary Gulflander is unlike any other. Travel aboard a 1950 railmotor known as the 'Tin Hare' through countryside that most people would never see.
Savannahlander

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the romance of yesteryear’s Australia at Herberton Historic Village
  • Explore the towns of Atherton, Malanda, Burketown, Georgetown & Normanton
  • Journeys aboard the iconic Gulflander & Savannahlander trains
  • Hop onboard 2 scenic cruises: Cobbold Gorge & Karumba
  • Enjoy a guided tour at the Barramundi Center
  • Discover the historic Burke & Wills Camp # 119
  • Explore the fascinating Undara Lava Tubes

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Cairns
On arrival into Cairns you will be transferred to the Cairns Queens Court Hotel for your overnight stay. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
1 night: Cairns Queens Court
Day 2: Herberton Village & Malanda (LD)
Departing from selected Cairns accommodation (please refer to page 8 for our set departure points and times), your holiday begins, travelling up the Kuranda Range to the Atherton Tableland and on to Herberton. Today we explore the Historic Village of Herberton, with over 50 original buildings, interior displays, original machinery and vehicles plus thousands of antique items and memorabilia. Here you can live the folklore and romance of yesterday’s Australia in every piece of this eye-opening collection. Late afternoon we settle in the Malanda Lodge.
1 night: Malanda Lodge
Day 3: Savannahlander & Georgetown (BLD)
An early start sees us travelling west on the Kennedy Highway towards Mount Surprise for lunch with a snake show. After lunch, you travel aboard the “Savannahlander” train as it tracks towards Einasleigh. There is enough time to have a beer in the pub or head down and check out Copperfield Gorge, before the train departs for Forsayth. From here we travel on to Georgetown where we stay overnight.
1 night: Georgetown
Day 4: Georgetown to Karumba (BLD)
Morning “smoko” on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore before Normanton for lunch. Here you can absorb its famous landmarks, the “Purple Pub”, historic Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, where we enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. We stay at the Karumba Lodge for the next 2 nights.
2 nights: Karumba Lodge
Day 5: Karumba (BLD)
After a leisurely breakfast we enjoy a cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria. This afternoon we spend time at the Barramundi Centre with a guided Feed-A-Barra tour and hand-feeding will take you into the brand- new hatchery for an educational, entertaining and engaging experience! This afternoon we head out to sunset point for happy hour, before enjoying dinner at the Karumba Lodge.
Day 6: Karumba to Normanton (BLD)
After breakfast we visit Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860 on our way back to Normanton for lunch. This afternoon we visit the Mutton hole Wetlands for croc and bird watching. We overnight in Normanton.
1 night: Normanton
Day 7: Normanton to Cobbold Gorge (BLD)
This morning we depart from Normanton’s famous Victorian architecture Railway Station. All aboard the historic “Gulflander RM93” train, a Savannah Guides Site, for a ride through the savannah landscape across the Norman River to Critters Camp. On to Black Bull Siding then the old gold mining town of Croydon and its Historic Precinct. This afternoon we visit Georgetown and Forsayth on our way to Cobbold Gorge, a Savannah Guides Station. Overnight at Cobbold Gorge.
2 nights: Cobbold Gorge
Day 8: Cobbold Gorge (BLD)
Cruise on Cobbold Gorge’s beautiful and secluded waterway surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone, 135 million years old. We have ample time to enjoy this beautiful area. Overnight at Cobbold Gorge.
Day 9: Cobbold Gorge to Undara (BLD)
This morning we travel via Einasleigh and Mount Surprise to the famous Undara Lava Tubes, a Savannah Guides Station. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation. Accommodation will be in either homestays or carriages. (Carriages cannot be guaranteed). Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.
1 night: Undara
Day 10: Undara to Cairns (BL)
After breakfast in the Australian bush, an experienced Savannah Guide will meet you for an informative tour of the world’s largest, longest and most accessible lava tube system. We continue on our scenic and leisurely drive over the Tropical Tablelands past the Wind Turbines at Ravenshoe, stopping off at the magnificent Curtain Fig Tree, before making our way back to Cairns, where you will be taken back to selected accommodation.
3 nights: Cairns Queens Court
Day 11: Cairns - Green Island Reef Cruise (B)
After breakfast, you will me met at your hotel for a transfer to the cruise terminal. Enjoy a full day tour to Green Island, with use of snorkelling gear OR a glass bottom boat. Transfers back to your hotel are included.
Day 12: Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Rail (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred to join the Skyrail to Kuranda. Enjoy free time to explore before taking the Scenic Rail back to Cairns. Upon arrival at the Cairns Railway Station, make your own way back to your hotel.
Day 13: Depart Cairns
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Cairns Airport for your flight.

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