9 Day Gulf Savannah Explorer P4WGFH

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Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Medium
Group Size 40

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4 Tour Dates Only –  26/6/2022, 12/7/2022, 20/7/2022, 6/9/2022

Gulf Savannah Explorer  – Cairns Return

This tour showcases the northern outback of Queensland. With a unique bus tour with a splash of a river cruise and the rattle of a train journey, We discover amazing larva formations, sunsets, historic villages, and ancient rainforests. We unwind in the tranquillity North Queensland has to offer. We explore gorges, and wetlands, and marvel at nature’s most amazing creations. Enjoy the comforts of a medium-size boutique bus and small passenger numbers and a tour guide with a yarn of his own.

Historic Kuranda, Kuranda Train, Barramundi Discovery Centre, and Hatchery, Ferryman River Cruise – Crocodiles and Sunset, The Savannah Way on the Gulflander, Burke and Wills Camp 119, Cobbold Gorge river cruise, Undara Larva Caves, sleeping inside a railway carriage, Herberton historic village, Aussie bush breakfast, Milla Milla Falls, 500-year-old curtain fig, Karumba, Exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Sunset cruise in Karumba, Purple Pub.

4 Tour Dates Only –  26/6/2022, 12/7/2022, 20/7/2022, 6/9/2022

Highlights

  • Historic Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Train
  • Herberton historic village
  • Cobbold Gorge river cruise
  • Purple Pub
  • 8.6m replica of Kyrs the Croc
  • Burke and Wills Camp 119
  • Karumba,  Exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • Sunset cruise in Karumba
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre and Hatchery
  • Ferryman River Cruise – Crocodiles and Sunset
  • The savannah way on the Gulfander
  • Undara Lara Caves
  • Aussie bush breakfast
  • Millaa Millaa Falls
  • 500 year old curtain fig

Inclusions

  • Tour Guide
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as listed
  • Activities as listed

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD.

Twin ShareSingle
2022 Season$ 4140$ 4890

Itineraries are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all tours in remote location.  Medium level of fitness required

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 DAY 1 Let the journey begin in Cairns (D)

    Welcome to North Queensland. We will pick you up at the airport or train station. Take some time to explore this world-class destination.

    Stay at Cairns

  • 2 DAY 2 Cairns – Kuranda Scenic Railway – Historic Herberton – Atherton Tablelands (BLD)

    You’re waking up in North Queensland, let’s not miss a minute of this. Following breakfast, we are off to catch a train.

    Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia, discovering the living colours and natural beauty of our heritage listed rainforest that is millions of years old.

    This famous railway winds its way on a 2-hour journey from Cairns to Kuranda. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda travels through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls, and into the beautiful Barron Gorge.

    The journey includes commentary and a map of Kuranda.

    Upon reaching the village of Kuranda, with its rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences, stroll around and absorb the vibe.

    Your coach will meet you where we will all board for the town of Herberton.

    Prepare to be wowed as you step back in time to an era that has been long forgotten.

    Herberton is an unusual town that is set on a ridge of the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. Historically it was a tin town with both a mine and a smelter nearby.

    The town came into existence in 1880 when a party of prospectors led by Willie Jack and John Newell discovered tin in the area. They named the settlement Herberton because it was at the headwaters of the Herbert River.

    Here we will visit the Herberton Historic Village. A remarkable collection of over 60 buildings is reputedly the largest collection of Australiana in Queensland. Its buildings include an old school, a coach and livery stable, a miner’s hut, a slab hut dating from 1870, a bank, a presbytery, a telephone exchange, a pub (which is a composite of a number of buildings), and many more.

    In the late afternoon take a stroll along the creek and you might be lucky to spot a platypus.

    Stay at Yungaburra

  • 3 DAY 3 Atherton Tablelands – Einasleigh – Cobbold Gorge (BLD)

    Today we arise nice and early and head further inland. Passing through the picturesque country, after lunch, we will marvel at the surroundings of Copperfield Gorge which is the remnants of an ancient lava flow. We continue on west towards Cobbold Gorge, an oasis-like no other.

    Stay at Cobbold or Finnigan’s Rest

  • 4 DAY 4 Cobbold Gorge – Normanton (BLD)

    An early start with a boat cruise up the Cobbold Gorge

    Cobbold Gorge is a hidden oasis tucked away within the rugged sandstone formations. An ancient landscape which invites you to breathe in the bush and breathe out your worries. Located in North Queensland’s Gulf Savannah, this ancient geological landform is unique in its narrow sandstone formations and spectacular 30-foot cliffs. Cobbold is the youngest of Queensland’s gorges to visit, with a mere 10,000 years against its name, giving some indication of the deep history that Queensland’s Outback holds.

    Tour the gorge on a custom-made, electric-powered boat – quietly motored so as not to disturb the gentle serenity of the natural ecosystems it passes. It glides across the surface mirroring the eerie silence of the Cobbold Gorge itself.  where you glide  How can this be any more perfect!!!!!

    You may even spot one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles. An award-winning outback experience. How can this be any more perfect!!!!!

    Form here further west we go. Passing through Georgetown. Croydon and, what appears to be, endless lands until we reach Normanton. Take the afternoon to explore, have a beer at the Purple pub, and a photo with ‘Kyrs’ a spectacular 8.63m crocodile.

    Stay at Normanton

  • 5 DAY 5 Normanton – Burke and Wills Camp – The Gulf of Carpentaria (BLD)

    We are nearly there, the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    Burke and Wills Camp 119

    This is truly a historic site being the final camp of the ill-fated Melbourne to Gulf exploration. A visit to this remote site evokes the sense of isolation of the Burke and Wills expedition in 1861, which crossed Australia from south to north, and almost back again. This was the northernmost camp, number 119, established on 11 February 1861 near Bynoe Creek.

    From here we travel to Mutton Hole wetlands conservation park. The largest continuous estuarine wetland aggregation of its type in Northern Queensland. While enjoying a picnic lunch take in the amazing birdlife and maybe spot a crocodile.

    This afternoon we will find ourselves in Karumba, an exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Karumba is a fishing destination and industrial port on the banks of the Norman River where, each winter, anglers from all over Australia arrive to try their luck in the fish-rich waters of the Gulf. Once it was nothing more than a small, sleepy outback town

    Stay at Kurumba, 2 nights

  • 6 DAY 6 Karumba – River Cruise – Barramundi Discovery (BLD)

    Visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre & Hatchery Karumba. This interactive and state-of-the-art Interpretive Centre provides the history, stories, lifecycle, and habits of these sought-after fish. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora.

    The Ferryman River Cruises Karumba’s number one in River and Gulf Cruises Explore the mangrove-lined waterway of the Norman river with the Ferryman. The wildlife adventures include Bird watching, Croc spotting, and unforgettable Sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    Enjoy an evening of sunset drinks and nibbles as the sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

    Stay at Kurumba

  • 7 DAYS 7 The Savannah Way – Undara Lava Caves (BLD)

    Today we take a short break from the tour bus and venture by rail. We travel an hour SE to Normanton to meet up with the  Gulflander.

    The Normanton to Critters camp railway line is a heritage-listed railway line in the Gulf Country of northern Queensland, Australia. Hear the history of the 16-mile turning angle built in 1891, and the true tales of how this little Gulf Savannah landscape got its unusual name. This is the only train to operate on the line operated by a Gardner diesel propelled rail motor and carriages TP1809 and TP1811.

    After our historic rail journey we will join the comforts of the airconditioned coach once again and let our minds wonder back 190,000 years ago to the volcanic days of the east coast of Australia at the Undara Lava Caves.

    Considered some of the largest and longest lava tubes on the planet, the Undara lava tubes, located in Undara Volcanic National Park in North Queensland, have led to the formation of some spectacular underground caves.

    Thought to be formed by immense volcanic activity, during this fiery episode, twenty-three billion cubic litres of lava was estimated to have spewed forth from the Undara Volcano onto the surrounding Atherton Tableland.

    Undara region offers guests a unique outback adventure. Staying here is not like checking into any other hotel, motel, or resort. The accommodation puts you in the heart of the Australian Outback, providing an authentic escape into the bush with accommodation ranging from Cabins, Railway carriages, and homesteads. There are a few things you can be assured of, friendly hospitality and an array of native Australian plants and animals right on your doorstep, including but not limited to kangaroos, wallabies, and kookaburras.

    Stay at Undara or Mount Surprise

  • 8 DAY 8 Undara Lava Caves – Cairns (BLD)

    The outback wakes early, then so shall we? After breakfast, we make our way to the Undara Lava Tubes for a tour by an experienced Savannah guide.

    The Undara experience delivers the essence of the Australia Outback from natural landscapes of rolling savannah plains and ancient lava tubes where we will take the Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour.

    An excellent concentrated visit to the lava tubes, plus other interesting environmental, geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Guide throughout the trip to and from the tubes. Visits up to 3-sections of lava tubes. Easy fitness level with boardwalks and steps.

    From here we will travel through the Atherton Tablelands, with its Rainforest, spectacular waterfalls and peaceful lakes as well as a heritage-listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig before arriving back in Cairns.

    Stay at Cairns

  • 9 DAY 9 Homeward bound (B)

    All great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last forever. After breakfast explore cairns some more before making your way to the airport or train station.

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change

Flight Information
Day 1 – flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
Day 9 – flights to leave after breakfast from Cairns Airport
**Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Additional Information

Caravan Park Accommodation – Cairns
There are three Caravan Parks to choose from with limited storage options available at one of these properties. The Caravan Parks usually request a minimum stay of at least 4 nights pre/post tour to store your caravan / car / campervan / motorhome. Storage prices are anywhere from $20-$30 per night. These Caravan Parks are located all around the Cairns region and if applicable to your chosen tour itinerary your 4WD safari vehicle will either pick up or drop off at your chosen Caravan Park. We will provide you with these Caravan Park options once your selected tour booking has been confirmed. Should passengers choose to stay elsewhere, we can advise to you which pick up point is the closest to your chosen accommodation.

Motel Accommodation – Cairns
We work with a local motel located in the Cairns CBD who offers quality, clean and a range of good value room styles (see below). The room styles and rates listed below include free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, swimming pool & luggage storage whilst you are on tour. Your tour bus will pick up and drop off at the front door of the motel. Were happy to make the booking for you or we will give you the motels details after you have booked your Gulf Savannah Tour. If your tour goes through to Darwin, we can also book accommodation in a similar price range that will be convenient for your trip.

Please note: Breakfast is not currently offered due to COVID restrictions, however there are many places to eat near by.

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm) Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds
ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi.

LOW Season 01/04/2022 TO 30/06/2022, 01/10/2022 TO 23/12/2022, 05/01/2023 TO 31/03/2023
1 Night $155 per room

HIGH Season 01/07/2022-30/09/2022, 24/12/2022-04/01/2023
1 Night $185 per room

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50SQM) Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds
ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi, Private Balcony.

LOW Season 01/04/2022 TO 30/06/2022, 01/10/2022 TO 23/12/2022, 05/01/2023 TO 31/03/2023
1 Night $165 per room

HIGH Season 01/07/2022-30/09/2022, 24/12/2022-04/01/2023
1 Night $195 per room

Extra Person Sharing Room

  • Extra adult in shared room: $45.00 per person per night
  • Extra child (4-11 years) in shared room: $30.00 per person per night

Travel Insurance
As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity get a quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

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Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%

Direct Deposit
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Branch Address: 171 Howick Street Bathurst NSW 2795
International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees
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