Visit spectacular Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill National Park), experience the Gulflander and Savannahlander scenic rail journeys, discover Cobbold Gorge and much more. This tour has already sold out for 2021 so call us on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat for 2022.
During your tour, you will stay at the following properties:
Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.
12 DAY TOUR ONLY - Longreach - Cairns: (tour only)
13 DAY RAIL/FLY PACKAGE - Brisbane - Longreach - Cairns - Brisbane: (includes one way First Class overnight Rail Sleeper Brisbane to Longreach & one way Economy Class flight Cairns to Brisbane)
14 DAY RETURN RAIL PACKAGE - Brisbane - Longreach - Cairns - Brisbane (Includes one way First Class overnight Rail Sleeper Brisbane to Longreach & one way Rail Bed Cairns to Brisbane)
Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat now. We can also book your flights and additional accommodation if you wish to extend your stay in Longreach or North Queensland.
The following itinerary is based on the 12 day Longreach to Cairns TOUR ONLY OPTION:
Day 1: Wednesday – Longreach (D)
Arrive in Longreach, the heartland of Queensland’s Outback. You will be met by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host at either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport and transferred to your central accommodation for the next two nights. Meet your fellow travellers at our Welcome Supper and hear about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour briefing by your driver and host.
Day 2: Thursday – Longreach (B, L, D)
Enjoy an introductory town tour of Longreach, then explore the fascinating themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Visit the world-class QANTAS Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of QANTAS. View interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts.
Meet the Smith family at historic Rosebank Station for an exclusive relaxed homestead lunch. Enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach to meet the locals and wander the local shops. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles, then take your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars savouring a table service two-course camp oven themed dinner, as our talented outback entertainer performs live on the river stage.
Day 3: Friday – Cloncurry (B, L, D)
We follow the Matilda Way via Winton to Kynuna and the Blue Heeler Hotel for a slice of Australian folklore. It was here that Banjo Paterson brokered a truce with the shearers who had burnt down the Dagworth woolshed and 143 jumbucks. Rather than shoot each other, they sang Waltzing Matilda and both ‘swagman’ and ‘squatters’ sank their last drinks at the bar.
Next stop will be the Walkabout Creek Hotel made famous in the movie blockbuster Crocodile Dundee. Late afternoon in Cloncurry we discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service at John Flynn Place; one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.
Day 4: Saturday – Adels Grove (B, L, D)
Journey around 180km north of Cloncurry on a sealed road to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to the beautiful Gregory River for a relaxed picnic lunch. The river is spring fed and the water is crystal clear. We’ll then travel a largely unsealed section of road around 90km to Adels Grove, an oasis in the outback and just 10km from the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park. The park features breathtaking gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. On arrival at Adels Grove, your accommodation for the next two nights, enjoy some free time to explore your surrounds before dinner.
Day 5: Sunday – Adels Grove (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you’ll board a solar powered pontoon boat for an hour long guided cruise along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek and the breathtaking Lawn Hill Gorge. Have your camera ready to capture the gorge’s vivid orange sandstone cliffs towering above emerald green waters. Join a guided interpretive tour on one of the many walks the Park has to offer featuring natural and cultural sites. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure in this stunning location. Tonight we’ll watch the beautiful sunset from Harry’s Hill.
Day 6: Monday - Karumba (B, L, D)
Leaving Adels Grove today we’ll head east on the Gregory-Lawn Hill Road then travel north to Burketown along State Route 84. Enjoy a short break in Burketown for morning tea and local stories then relax with a picnic lunch at Leichhardt Falls. In Normanton, take a selfie with Krys the life-size statue of the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught. See the Purple Pub and Queensland’s earliest surviving and heritage-listed Burns Philp store. Arrive in Karumba in time to capture your first memorable Gulf sunset.
Day 7: Tuesday - Karumba (B, L, D)
Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish. Your tour of this state of the art Interpretive Centre includes the opportunity to feed a Barramundi. Enjoy free time after lunch to explore the town or to simply relax and take in this beautiful location. Late afternoon, we’ll cruise to a special sand island in the Gulf of Carpentaria to toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies.
Day 8: Wednesday – Cobbold Gorge (B, L, D)
Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic rail journey on the famous Gulflander, affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’. Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown. See the impressive mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis Cobbold Gorge in time for sunset drinks overlooking the stunning infinity pool!
Day 9: Thursday – Cobbold Gorge (B, L, D)
Enjoy a tour of the magnificent sandstone gorge on this privately owned cattle station. The gorge is stocked with a variety of native fish and freshwater crocodiles. On a guided cruise, you’ll glide silently between towering cliffs in a specially designed, battery powered punt. Join an optional walk to the top of the escarpment for awesome views of the gorge below from the glass bridge!
Day 10: Friday – Mount Surprise (B, L, D)
Enjoy a light lunch at the Einasleigh pub with its quirky miniature furniture collection and see the impressive rock formations of Copperfield Gorge. We take a scenic drive to Mount Surprise before heading on to the Undara Experience. This afternoon we join a guided tour of the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater. Enjoy learning about the geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Tour Guide. Join a guided ‘Wildlife at Sunset’ tour to catch a big sky sunset and to see the insect-eating micro bats.
Day 11: Saturday – Cairns (B, L, D)
Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Take a tour through the original homestead built in 1876 and learn how hard life was for Queensland’s early settlers. See the cattle yards and hear the story of the cattle’s journey from paddock to plate. Relax with morning tea in view of their giant 100-year-old bougainvillea and take a stroll around their expansive gardens.
See the cool, fresh water tumbling over old basalt lava flows at Malanda Falls as we continue on to Atherton Tablelands and an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest, Lake Barrine. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest ecosystems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake. Next we board the Savannahlander in Mareeba for a unique outback rail experience on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ railmotor. Enjoy Happy Hour and the incredible views on the descent in to Cairns.
Day 12: Sunday – Homeward Bound (B, L, D)
Your Journey of the Gulf Savannah adventure concludes after breakfast. Own arrangements for your connecting flight or rail home.
Please note a medium level of fitness is required for this tour:
Guests have no mobility concerns and they have declared any pre-existing injuries which may affect their participation. Please note tours include leisurely walks that can be in excess of 1.5km. Not suitable for guests needing wheelie walkers or wheelchairs.
One small to medium sized suitcase per person (approx 60cm high x 40cm wide x 30cm depth) max weight 20kg. One piece of hand luggage/day pack may be carried onboard the coach. Due to limited space, the carriage of wheelie-walkers must be requested prior to travel.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is required at time of booking as well as full payment of any rail / flight costs. The balance is due no later than 60 days prior to departure.
*Rail subject to availability. Rail price is based on Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a First Class sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach, and in a Rail Bed on the Spirit of Queensland from Cairns to Brisbane. Included economy class flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Subject to availability.