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FINAL PLACES: 2022 Gulf Savannah Adventure - Travel at 60 Community Tour (Sep 2022)

Limited places remaining for September 2022!

Go off the beaten track with a truly spectacular journey across Outback North Queensland. Travel aboard two of Australia’s great train journeys, explore spectacular geological wonders, visit Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119 and meet a variety of true blue characters along the way.

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About this holiday

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Your journey at a glance

Explore spectacular Gulf Country on this Travel at 60 community tour!

The Savannah Way is an epic journey across the top of Australia, shared with like-minded travel lovers.

Over 11 days and 1,500km, this over-60s group will explore the Tropical North Queensland sector from Cairns to Karumba.

Travel in style on a a purpose built air-conditioned four wheel-drive tour vehicle (with forward-facing reclining coach style seats, footrests, panoramic view windows and on-board toilet), specially designed for the outback and built for comfort.

Highlights include taking the Savannahlander train into cattle country, seeing historic Normanton, witnessing a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset, visiting Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119, exploring the stunning Undara Lava Tubes, and so much more!

Travelling with a maximum of 24 like-minded passengers, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Gulf Savannah and Outback Queensland at its best.

Call our team today on 1300 414 198 to book your place on this exclusive tour!


  • Travel in purpose built 4WD Vehicle
  • All Tours as per Itinerary
  • 10 Nights Accommodation
  • 10 Breakfasts + 9 lunches + 8 dinners

Touring Highlights included:

  • Herberton Historic Village
  • Savannahlander Train
  • Karumba Sunset
  • Cruise on Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Visit the Barramundi Centre
  • Burke & Wills Camp 119
  • Normanton
  • Gulflander Train
  • Croydon
  • Cobbold Gorge Cruise
  • Undara Lava Tubes


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Cobbold Gorge

On this tour you will enjoy 10 nights accommodation with ensuite bathrooms.

  • Cairns Hilton
  • Malanda Lodge
  • Latara Motel
  • Karumba Lodge
  • Gulfland Motel
  • Cobbold Gorge
  • Undara Lava Lodge

*Please note that as you will be travelling through remote parts of North Queensland, some accommodation will be basic, however all accomodation used in this itinerary will have private ensuite bathrooms.

Travel dates

  • Tuesday 7 June to Friday 17 June 2022 - SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday 5 July to Friday 15 July 2022 - SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday 2 August to Friday 12 August 2022 - SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday 13 September to Friday 23 September 2022 - 1 Single Space Left
  • Twin Share from $4789 per person
  • Sole use from $5999 per person

Want to avoid the single supplement? If you're willing to share, we can happily pair you with another solo traveller. Subject to availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share. Call us today on 1300 414 198!



Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1 - Arrive in Cairns

Make your own way to the Hilton Hotel in Cairns. Check in time is from 2pm.

6pm - Meet in the hotel Bar 'Gin Social' for a welcome drink and a chance to meet your fellow Travel at 60 community travellers.

Dinner this evening is not included, however your hotel is located within walking distance to several terrific restaurants and cafes. If you don't feel like venturing out too far, we can recommend the award-winning Mondo on the Waterfront, located in front of the hotel.

Overnight: Hilton Cairns

Day 2 - Cairns – Malanda

Rise and shine early this morning and grab your boxed breakfast to take with you for a 6:30am departure. Travelling up the Kuranda Range to the Atherton Tableland and on to Herberton. Today we explore the Historic Village of Herberton, where you can live the folklore and romance of yesterday’s Australia in every piece of this eye-opening collection. Sit in the schoolhouse. Stand at the bar of the pub. Enjoy a latte in the Bakerville Tearooms. The award-winning attraction is more than a vintage precinct – it’s a tangible buzz of things past with over 50 original buildings with intact interior displays, original machinery and vehicles, plus thousands of antique items and period memorabilia. Late afternoon we settle in the Malanda Lodge, situated on 11 acres of manicured tropical gardens. All rooms have ground level balconies and views to enjoy the tranquillity, or maybe spot their resident platypus family in the large pond.

Overnight: Malanda Lodge Motel

Included Meals: Boxed Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Malanda – Georgetown

An early start sees us travelling west on the Kennedy Highway towards Mount Surprise, where we enjoy lunch with a snake show. After lunch, you'll 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.

Overnight: Latara Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Georgetown – Karumba

Enjoy morning 'smoko' on the shore of Croydon's Lake Belmore before we head to 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 to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, where we enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset.

Overnight: Karumba Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Karumba

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. Dinner at Karumba Lodge.

Overnight: Karumba Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Karumba - Normanton

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.

Overnight: Gulfland Motel Normanton

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Normanton– Cobbold Gorge

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: Cobbold Gorge Cabins

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Cobbold Gorge

This morning we 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: Cobbold Gorge Cabins

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Cobbold Gorge – Undara

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 in faithfully restored antique railway carriages or Pioneer Cabins. 

Overnight: Undara Lava Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Undara – Cairns

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 spend the night.

Overnight: Hilton Cairns

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 - Depart Cairns

This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you check-out of the hotel and bid farewell to your fellow travellers.

Included Meals: Breakfast



Fitness Requirements:

  • Moderate level of fitness as walks to locations may be on uneven ground and lots of stairs. Boardwalks do have handrails.
  • Unsuitable for wheelchairs
  • Supplier Fitness Form to be completed and return prior to travel.

Entry in and out of tour vehicle - There are 4 steps to navigate to enter the vehicle. There is a handrail to assist. Passengers can bring a walking stick to assist with the walks, however, the tour is not suitable for passengers who depend on a walker. Travel these remote areas in our purpose built Isuzu off road 4WD tour-vehicles with forward facing reclining seats, footrests, and retractable seatbelts. The vehicles are equipped with standard features as a P.A. System, on-board toilet, T.V and road cam, portable satellite phone and first aid kits and all necessary off road equipment you can think of. With small groups, minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 passengers, you will have the ultimate opportunity to enjoy the areas at its best.

What to Bring:

  • Luggage restriction: 1 small soft travel bag per person (maximum size: 30 x 30 x 70cm, preferably without wheels, cannot exceed 10kg)
  • Cabin baggage: 1 small daypack per person
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
  • Toiletries

Willing to share?:
One of the advantages of travelling on a Travel at 60 dedicated group departure is that we have the ability to match solo travellers, so that you they can avoid paying the single supplement. Subject to availability of another traveller of the same gender willing to share.

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Fine print


Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.

  • Minimum numbers required for group to run.
  • Same gender solo pair up is subject to availability. If we are unable to match you with another traveller the sole use price will be charged.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $700 per person required within 7 days of booking.
  • Final payment required no later than 95 days prior.