Gulf Savannah Wanderer

Cairns
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This Cairns tour transports you back in time – in more ways than one. Over the course of a week’s looping journey, there are villages that remind you what life was like in the Queensland outback in early colonial times. Trains that nod to yesteryear. Monuments that speak of pioneering explorers. And natural wonders that wind back the clock millennia: steel yourself for epic Undara Lava Tubes tour and a visit to Cobbold Gorge.       *Please note, this tour is operated by a third-party*   

Departure dates

From 22/05/2024 to 10/10/2024

What's included

Highlights.
Take a trip back in time at your leisure exploring Croydon’s Historic Precinct, circa 1800s, and the Historic Village Herberton, replete with 50 restored period buildings.
One of Australia’s great rail journeys, the Savannahlander traverses the Wet Tropics region of the Kuranda Range.
The 1960’s ‘silver bullet’ cuts a striking form en route to Forsayth.
Feel your spirit soar gazing at the striated sandstone cliffs of Cobbold Gorge, an ancient geological landform carved by rivers more than 10,000 years ago.
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Highly experienced Travel Director/Driver  Accomodation  National Park entrance fees.
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Itinerary / more information

  • Day 1 Your journey begins on a high - literally - as you depart Cairns and weave north into the Atherton Tableland. There are lakes, record-breaking pines and Historic Village Herberton, a recreated tin mining town replete with shops and a pub.
  • Day 2 All aboard the 1960s Savannahlander train as it tracks towards Einasleigh in the Wet Tropics. Order a cold one at the pub or visit Copperfield Gorge before the 'silver bullet' chugs toward Georgetown.
  • Day 3 The aquatic jewel of the Gulf Savannah, Croydon's Lake Belmore is the region's largest body of water. Karumba sits at the mouth of the Norman River on the Gulf of Carpentaria; it's a twitcher's delight, as you'll discover on a sunset cruise.
  • Day 4 The Gulf of Carpentaria is a rare example of a shallow sea on top of a continent. It's a unique marine ecosystem that fosters all manner of fish, as you'll learn at the Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre & Hatchery. Feeling thirsty? Enjoy happy hour at Point Sunset.
  • Day 5 Explorers Burke and Wills came through this part of Queensland while surveying the gulf. Campsite 119 was their most northerly post. They didn't make it to Mutton Hole Wetlands Regional Park, but you will, with time for croc- and bird-watching.
  • Day 6 When the journey matters just as much as the destination, jump aboard the historic Gulflander train. As locals like to say, "it travels from nowhere to nowhere". But it sure is fun.
  • Day 7 This ancient geological landform is distinguished by its narrow, striated sandstone formations and humbling 10-metre cliffs. Cruising here, the only sounds you'll hear are the wind and wildlife.
  • Day 8 Sleep in - we're in no rush today. Forsayth for lunch, then campfire entertainment before retiring to your accommodation in antique railway carriages.
  • Day 9 The Undara Lava Tubes were carved by the world's longest lava flow from a single volcano. Huge caves have formed along the tubes, creating a surreal underground world. Time to say see-you-later to the Savannah.
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