2024 Gulf Savannah – The Savannah Way “Sold Out”

12 Days

Queensland's Savannah Awaits You

02/09/2024 - 13/09/2024 Guaranteed $6,627.00
sold out

Brochure Savannah Way 2024

The Gulf Savannah is a timeless landscape of natural treasures. A former frontier tackled by gold prospectors and cattle farmers, occupied by our country’s indigenous people. A place pocketed with natural wonders, including Undara Lava Tubes – the world’s longest lava tubes and Cobbold Gorge – Australia’s youngest gorge. You’ll enjoy true Australian hospitality and sample the various styles of cuisine, as rich and colourful as the fascinating savannah outback landscapes and lifestyles you will encounter as well as spending some time in tropical Cairns.  This tour is now ‘sold out’.



Your tour commences in Cairns at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort right near the Esplanade. Upon arrival, check in after 2pm.  Cairns is considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Spend the afternoon at leisure or exploring the Cairns Esplanade which is close by and then meet the rest of your fellow passengers in the lobby prior to dinner.

We are transferred by bus to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, where we take you on a fascinating journey of discovery over and deep into Australia’s Wet Tropics – World Heritage listed rainforest. Glide mere metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at Red Peak and Barron Falls. Immerse yourself in the unique sights, sounds, smells and feel of the rainforest. Once at the top in Kuranda, take a short walk up into the main street into the Kuranda Village (the Village in the Rainforest).  Spend some time exploring the Village or perhaps visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary while there. Later this afternoon we return to Cairns via the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway as it meanders its way down the mountain back into Cairns. This famous railway opened in 1891 and is 328 metres above sea level. Your historic journey is in fully refurbished vintage carriages with commentary and a short photo opportunity stop at Barron Falls. Upon arrival into Cairns Railway Station, it is only a short walk back to your accommodation.


Departing early this morning, our 4WD journey begins, travelling up the Kuranda Range to the Atherton Tableland and on to Herberton.  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 collections.  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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An early start sees us travelling west on the Kennedy Highway towards Mount Surprise for lunch with a snake show. After lunch, you 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning “smoko” on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore before 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 on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, where we enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. We stay at the Karumba Lodge for the next 2 nights.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, before enjoying dinner at the Karumba Lodge.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. We overnight in Normanton.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast this morning is our last meal on the tour and we say goodbye at checkout.  We are sure you will have many stories to tell of your Savannah Tour Adventure.


Queensland's Savannah Awaits You

About the Gulf Savannah – Savannah Way

The Gulf Savannah is an area where time almost stands still. The landscape is as vast as it is empty. The quietness pervades and is almost deafening, broken only by the squawk of a native bird or a wandering beast. Each remote town has its own unique savannah outback style, coupled with friendliness second to none.

There are two iconic savannah rail journeys, which are as unique and special as the area itself. These fascinating modes of transport criss-cross the Gulf Savannah outback, allowing you to be a part of a long-gone history. A journey on the Gulflander is a tour back in time, to an era when a padded seat was a luxury and roads were bullock tracks. To a time where gold was the currency and home was a canvas and sapling humpy. And a generation where children were born in the dust and education was the school of hard knocks.

These days tourism is playing an ever-increasing economic role in the Australian savannah, with many pastoralists opening their cattle properties to tourists. So, we invite you to come to the Gulf Savannah to capture the emotion and romance, tragedies and triumphs of Australia’s amazing savannah outback.

Don’t miss out on this amazing tour – book NOW

Price pp twin share $6,627 (excluding flights to/from Cairns)

Single supplement  + $1,341 (only payable if you require your own room throughout)

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(Thanks to Felicity for some of the images that appear in the gallery)

Highlights include

  • Herberton Historical Village
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Karumba Gulf Sunset
  • Mutton Hole Wetlands
  • Burke & Wills Camp #119
  • Normanton Historic Railway Station
  • Savannahlander Train Journey
  • Cruise on Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Barramundi Centre Karumba
  • Gulflander Train Journey
  • Cobbold Gorge Cruise
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway


I'm a solo traveller, do I have to pay the single supplement?

No, this is only payable if you wish to have your own room and or cabin throughout the trip. If you’re willing to twin share then this is not payable.

How fit do I need to be?

As with all Girls On Tour adventures, a reasonable level of fitness is required for this trip.

What about comfort stops?

Regular comfort stops will be made where possible with the group comfort in mind. There is also a toilet on board for emergencies.

What about Covid?

Due to the uncertain times with COVID 19, Girls On Tour and other suppliers pertaining to this tour will adhere to any restrictions and requirements imposed by Local, State and Federal Governments.
This may mean that some venues may impose restrictions on or cancel our visits at last minute. At the time of printing, all included attractions are open to tourism.
Please note that if/where required, the itinerary may be re arranged by the supplier to ensure that we have all our visits and follow current restrictions.

Are entry fees included?

Yes, entry fees and activities as shown on the itinerary are included.

Are meals included?

Yes, meals as shown on the itinerary each day are included.

What clothing will I need?

Layered clothing and clothes that offer sun protection are best for this trip. A suggested packing list will be provided closer to departure.

  • 12 Days
  • $1.000
  • 24 June 2024
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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