Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.
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Day 1: Cairns – Malanda
Travel to the Atherton Tablelands and Lake Barrine before today’s highlight, Historic Village Herberton, with over 50 original buildings, interior displays plus thousands of antique items. Stay tonight in Malanda.
Please note: As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation you will need to pre-book for the previous night (not included in cost)
Hotel: Malanda Lodge Motel
Day 2: Chillagoe – Georgetown
An early start sees us travel to Mount Surprise for lunch. Then board the ‘Savannahlander’ train as it tracks towards Einasleigh. There is time for a beer in the pub before the train departs for Forsayth. From here we travel to Georgetown.
Hotel: Latara Motel
Day 3: Georgetown – Karumba
Enjoy a morning ‘smoko’ on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore. In historic Normanton see landmarks like the ‘Purple Pub’, Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue to Karumba for a Gulf sunset cruise.
Hotel: Karumba Lodge
Day 4: Karumba – Adel’s Grove
Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119. Cross the vast ‘Plains of Promise’ to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove.
Hotel: Adels Grove – Basic cabins, 2 nights
Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park
Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, an oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise of Lawn Hill Gorge, a haven for bird and wildlife.
Day 6: Adel’s Grove – Normanton
Visit Riversleigh Fossil Fields, recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna. Enjoy lunch at Gregory, then call in at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton.
Hotel: Gulfland Hotel
Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge
Take the Gulflander RM93 train through the savannah landscape and across the Norman River to Critters Camp. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth en route to Cobbold Gorge.
Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins
Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara
Cruise Cobbold Gorge through Hampstead sandstone cliffs. Visit the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner, then retire to faithfully restored antique rail carriages.
Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge
Day 9: Undara – Cairns
Breakfast in the bush, then take a tour of the 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle. Visit Ravenshoe and the Atherton Tableland’s Curtain Fig Tree. Descend to Cairns where your adventure comes to an end.
|2021 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|May: 19, 26||$3,950.00||$4,760.00|
|June: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30||$3,950.00||$4,760.00|
|July: 07, 14, 21, 28||$3,950.00||$4,760.00|
|August: 04, 11, 18. 25||$3,950.00||$4,760.00|
|September: 01, 08, 15, 29||$3,950.00||$4,760.00|
|Meals:||8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners|
|Transport:||Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle|
|Rail:||Journey on Savannahlander & Gulflander trains|
|Accommodation:||8 nights accommodation|
|Guide:||Experienced Safari Leader|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.