13 Day Unforgettable Gulf Savannah Discovery 2022 OATRGULF13
13 Day Gulf Savannah Discovery
Unforgettable Gulf Savannah region touring peppered with 5 iconic rail journeys – Kuranda Scenic Railway, Savannahlander, Gulflander, Spirit of the Outback and Tilt Train.
- Kuranda Scenic Rail
- Savannahlander Iconic Rail
- Lake Barrine Morning Tea
- Undara Lava Tubes
- Talaroo Hot Springs
- Cobbold Gorge Tour
- True Blue Visitor Information Centre Entry
- Gulflander Scenic Rail
- Barramundi Discovery Centre
- Seafood Sunset Dinner
- Kronosaurus Korner Twilight Visit
- Cassimatis Store Tour
- Qantas Founders Museum Entry
- Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Entry
- Drover’s Sunset Cruise including Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show
- Spirit of the Outback Rail Journey
- Bobby Dazzler Mine Tour
- Lake Maraboon Tour
- Blackwater International Coal Centre Entry
- Tilt Train Rail Journey
- All en suite accommodation
- Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Cairns to Longreach
- Savannah Guides Operator Driver & Host
- All meals
- All entries/activities as per itinerary
- One way Spirit of the Outback daylight rail from Longreach to Emerald
- One way Tilt Train daylight rail from Rockhampton to Brisbane
All prices are per person in AUD.
|2022 Season||$ 8,339||$ 9,669|
Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change.
*Rail price based on Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a First Class overnight sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach. Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Rail & flights subject to availability.
Prices do not include: travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.
Prices & Dates
1 13 Day Unforgettable Gulf Savannah Discovery
Day 1: Friday – Cairns (D)
Your adventure begins with a Welcome Dinner at our tour hotel. Meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. **Please check-in after 2.00pm.
Stay: Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns
Day 2: Saturday – Mareeba (B, L, D)
This morning you will experience one of Australia’s most unique rail journeys, the Kuranda Scenic Railway. We’ll board in Cairns and travel through world heritage-listed rainforest to Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands. This bucket-list rail tour winds its way through 15 tunnels and over 37 bridges and promises spectacular scenery. We’ll then drive to Dimbulah where we join the Savannahlander, a classic 1970s ‘Silver Bullet’ railmotor. It’s a wonderfully, relaxing way to explore the beautiful Atherton Tablelands region. Disembarking in Koah, we’ll drive to Mareeba. Overnight Cape Gateway Motel or Jackeroo Motel, Mareeba
Day 3: Sunday – Mount Surprise (B, L, D)
The icing on the cake for our Atherton Tablelands touring will be a visit to Lake Barrine, a natural lake nestled in the World Heritage rainforest. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest ecosystems in the world as you enjoy morning tea. Next, we’ll continue on to Woodleigh Station for a tour of the original homestead built-in 1876. Take a stroll around their expansive gardens and enjoy lunch with a view to their giant 100-year-old bougainvillea. Then it’s westward we go along the Savannah Way where adventure and incredible landscapes await at the Undara Experience.
Stay: 2 nights Undara Experience, Mount Surprise
Day 4: Monday – Mount Surprise (B, L, D)
This morning, we get to explore the breathtaking Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater. These tubes were created when the Undara Volcano erupted over 190,000 years ago, pouring out enough lava to fill Sydney Harbour three times over. Join a highly-skilled Savannah Guide for amazing insights into the tubes’ environmental, geological and historical features. You’ll have time to relax this afternoon in your unique accommodation at Undara Experience.
Day 5: Tuesday – Forsayth/Georgetown (B, L, D)
More amazing geological discoveries await today when we visit the Talaroo Hot Springs in time for a tour and morning tea. Formed over millions of years, Talaroo Hot Springs are unique in Australia. With water discharging at a scorching 62°C and flowing into pools and terraces across the mound, the springs are home to an extraordinary ecosystem with aquatic animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Next, we will travel to the hidden outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge. 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!
Stay: Overnight Finnigan’s Rest, Forsayth or Latara Motel, Georgetown
Day 6: Wednesday – Karumba (B, L, D)
Our adventure along the Savannah Way today will take us to Croydon, a town born out of gold discoveries in 1885. Meet the passionate locals at the True Blue Visitor Information Centre for some town stories. Then it’s west to Normanton for a nostalgic Gulflander rail journey. Affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’, the Gulflander was built to connect the once-bustling river port of Normanton with the rich goldfields of Croydon. 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.
Stay: 2 nights End of the Road Motel or Ash’s Holiday Units, Karumba
Day 7: Thursday – 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 toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies.
Day 8: Friday – Richmond (B, L, D)
We travel south along the Matilda Way to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse, so named after the route taken by the ill-fated explorers. After Smoko, we head down State Route 84 to Julia Creek, then follow the Overlanders Way to Richmond. Once part of Australia’s vast Inland Sea, Richmond is best known for its marine fossil discoveries. Enjoy twilight drinks and nibbles at the Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum. You’ll see the remains of ancient marine reptiles, fishes, ammonites, and squids that once dominated Australia’s ancient inland sea. These fossils date back some 100-115 million years! Dinner tonight at your accommodation.
Stay: Overnight Ammonite Inn, Richmond
Day 9: Saturday – Longreach (B, L, D)
We continue along the Overlanders Way to Hughenden before turning south onto State Route 19 to Muttaburra, home of the Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni dinosaur. Take a trip down memory lane with a visit to the restored Cassimatis General Store. This exceptional collection provides a fascinating insight into outback life during the early 1900s. Arrive in Longreach late afternoon with time to check-in and refresh. Tonight 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.
Stay: 2 nights Saltbush Retreat Outback Cabins or Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
Day 10: Sunday – Longreach (B, L, D)
This morning, we will explore the themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. The newly revamped displays create an engaging and immersive experience for contemporary audiences by using digital technologies to help tell the epic stories of our outback heroes. Enjoy some free time back at your accommodation to relax. 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 artifacts. Dinner tonight will be at Harry’s Restaurant.
Day 11: Monday – Emerald (B, L, D)
This morning, we are in for a treat. We get to enjoy the best section of the Spirit of the Outback in daylight hours. Settle into your comfortable, reclining seat and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the full-day rail adventure to Emerald. You’ll pass through Barcaldine, Jericho, and Alpha as well as the gem field town of Anakie. Arrive relaxed and recharged in Emerald in time for dinner at your accommodation.
Stay: Overnight Emerald Maraboon Motel, Emerald
Day 12: Tuesday – Rockhampton (B, L, D)
Today we will take a short drive to Rubyvale for an underground tour of the famous Bobby Dazzler Sapphire mine. Learn the techniques used by pioneering gem miners to extract prize Sapphires buried in hard rock. Next, we’ll visit Lake Maraboon, Queensland’s second-largest lake, and a popular freshwater fishing destination. Continuing our drive east to Rockhampton, we’ll call into the Blackwater International Coal Centre for an insight into this billion-dollar industry and to see oversized machinery navigating massive open-cut pits. Tonight in Rockhampton, we’ll celebrate our incredible journey with a farewell dinner in Rockhampton’s newest hotel (also our accommodation).
Stay: Overnight Korte’s Resort, Rockhampton
Day 13: Wednesday – Brisbane (B, L, D)
And so, we’ve reached the last sector of our journey and the last of our iconic rail tours. After breakfast, you’ll board the Tilt Train, the most modern passenger train in Australia. This is the fastest narrow gauge train in the world, a world-class standard of travel. As your journey east, enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern Queensland before arriving in Brisbane mid-afternoon.
Please note: Minimum tour numbers apply. Itinerary subject to change. Conditions apply. *Subject to availability. Rail is subject to availability. Prices do not include travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.
Day 1 – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport before 5 pm
Day 12 – We recommend guests fly out the day after the tour returns to Brisbane, in case of delays.
**Flights are not included in the holiday price unless specified.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All fares include meals as per itinerary code: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner. All accommodation costs and entrance fees as per itinerary.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Accommodation, meals, transfers and fares en route from home cities. Meals, unless specifically mentioned on day to day itinerary, any personal items such as drinks, newspapers, telephone, laundry, souvenirs, personal and holiday insurance. Fuel tax levy may apply.
HOW YOU WILL TRAVEL
Modern air-conditioned 4WD tour vehicles with comfortable forward facing seats, PA system, and contact with Royal Flying Doctors for your safety and peace of mind. Sat phone all vehicles.
CLOTHING AND WHAT TO BRING
Casual gear is a must. You will need minimal changes of clothing. T-shirts, jeans, shorts, bathers, bath towel, a pair of rubber soled shoes or joggers, a warm jumper or jacket, hat, torch, insect repellent and toiletries. A track suit is most useful, too.
Due to Government Workplace Health and Safety Regulations luggage cannot exceed 10kg. Luggage space is VERY LIMITED, so please restrict your luggage to ONE small SOFT travel bag ( 300mm x 300mm x 700 mm) and a small day pack per person. No hard suitcases or bags with wheels please. Any excess luggage can usually be stored at your hotel, or if your post tour accommodation differs, please arrange for your luggage to be transferred to your post tour accommodation.
As per Government Regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks” en route.
TRANSFER OF TOUR DATES
Should you wish to transfer to another of our tours, a handling fee may be charged, but no cancellation fee applies unless within full payment period.
UNUSED TOUR SECTORS
If a passenger fails to join a tour/safari or joins in after departure, or leaves it prior to completion, no refunds can be made. No refunds will be made in respect of any part of the tour including food, excursions, accommodation, etc., that are not used or undertaken.
Tour operators and/or its agents are not responsible or liable for loss or damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings whatsoever or for personal injury, accidents, hospitalisation, illness or medical expenses. Most claims arise from personal or close-family illness before holiday departure, resulting in cancellation charges. We strongly recommend all intending passengers consult their insurance agent and take out adequate travel insurance to cover any event and give full travel protection.
Cancellations must be received in writing or by email and cancellation fees will apply to the amount of notice given to the operator.
• Bookings cancelled more than 90 days prior to tour departure – loss of deposit paid.
• Cancellation between 90 and 60 days prior to tour departure – 50% cancellation fee of total tour cost.
• Cancellation between 59 and 31 days prior to tour departure – 75% cancellation fee of total tour cost.
• Cancellation 30 days and less prior to tour departure – 100% cancellation fee of total tour cost.
ACCOMMODATION IN CAIRNS FOR CAPE YORK & GULF SAVANNAH TOURS
Pick up and drop of at the following places in Cairns on tours that include accommodation transfers. The 2 caravan parks have storage facilities available for your car and caravan.
Gulf Savannah 9 day Tours departure points & times
• 6:30AM – Queens Court Hotel
• 6:35AM – Coral Tree Inn
• 6:40AM – Novotel Oasis Resort
• 6:50AM – First City Caravilla Caravan park
• 7:00AM – BIG 4, Cairns Coconut Caravan Park
Cape York 7 day Drive / Fly Tours departure points & times
• 7:00AM – Queens Court Hotel
• 6:55AM – Novotel Oasis Resort
• 6:40AM – First City Caravilla Caravan park
• 6:30AM – BIG 4, Cairns Coconut Caravan Park
Cape York 7 day Fly / Drive Tours departure points & times
• 6:40AM – Queens Court Hotel
• 6:35AM – Novotel Oasis Resort
• 6:20AM – First City Caravilla Caravan park
• 6:10AM – BIG 4, Cairns Coconut Caravan Park
The tours depart from above mentioned accommodation venues at the listed time. Please advise our head office as soon as possible from which location you want to depart from, to enable us to coordinate transfers. Please be ready by the listed time and out the front of the venue. Our head office will send you a text message ONE day prior to the tour departure with confirmation of departure time and location, when applicable. If you do not advise us of the venue, where you want to depart from, we are unable to pick you up. Please refer to individual tour itineraries for accommodation information.
Due to the nature of the trip, it is not recommended for young children. Minimum numbers apply to all tours for the tour to operate. The operator, reserves the right to alter the itinerary and location of accommodation, if necessitated by weather conditions or by any other unforeseen circumstances prevailing at the time of the trip. The operator also has the right to substitute vehicles or an alternative operator, transport, and carrier.
The operator is unable to guarantee exact arrival and departure times and is not liable for failure to make connections with other services or for any expenses incurred by the client as a result of weather conditions, mechanical defects, or any other unforeseen cause. If for any reason, the itinerary is altered, no refund is payable by the operator. The operator reserves the right without payment or compensation, and whether before or after commencement of travel, to exclude any passenger, if that passenger may appear likely to endanger the health or safety or impair the comfort of other passengers and may be asked to leave the tours immediately, should he/she commit any illegal act.
The operator and its employees accept no responsibility for any booking, contract, travel, accommodation or tours which result in any loss, damage, accident, diversion, or theft in regard to luggage or personal belongings, and will be exempt from all liability in respect of direct or indirect consequential loss or damage, death, injury, sickness, irregularity, delay liability, and additional expenses, or inconvenience or any other event beyond its control including accident, failure of machinery or equipment, accommodation, transport, or other services.
Airline involvement in these tours is as air carrier only. Airlines carry no responsibility for statements in this brochure relating to ground content of these tours and the operator indemnifies them against any claim, action, loss, or damage arising therefrom.