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Gulflander & Savannahlander Adventure

The Gulf of Carpentaria is enclosed on the west by Arnhem Land and on the east by the Cape York Peninsula. Prawn fishing developed rapidly in the gulf from the late 1960s. The town of Karumba, located at the south eastern end of the gulf, is a centre of the prawn fishing industry. Banana prawns are the major catch. Great Value Holidays has created a tour that takes in this region along with the much loved trains the Gulflander and Savannahlander, that help open up this remote country for all to see.

10 days from $2190*

* PP Twin Share. Single add $600, Plus Applicable Rail / Airfare

Departure Date

  • May 13, 2017
  • May 27, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • July 8, 2017
  • October 7, 2017
  • October 14, 2017

DAY 1 – DEPART BRISBANE ON THE SPIRIT OF QUEENSLAND

Depart on the Spirit of Queensland Train, in either Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turndown, or Premium Economy seats. Making our way north arriving in Townsville the next morning. (All meals in the train for Railbeds)

DAY 2 – TOWNSVILLE / CAIRNS

This morning the train will pass through Townsville and then make its way along the picturesque Cassowary Coast, arriving in Cairns. You will then be met by our friendly tour host and transferred to Cairns Queenslander enjoying dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 – CAIRNS TO GEORGETOWN

This morning after breakfast we will depart on our journey across the Atherton Tablelands through Ravenshoe, Mt Surprise then travelling further inland stopping at Georgetown where we will visit the Terrestrial Centre which houses one of the largest mineral collections in the world. (B,D) Overnight Latara Motel Georgetown

DAY 4 – CROYDON TO KARUMBA OUTBACK BY THE SEA

Depart after breakfast this morning travelling past the Cumberland Chimney that was built by Cornish Masons. The stack is all that remains. Passing through Croydon and on to Normanton then arriving in Karumba. This evening we will enjoy an alfresco beachfront dinner while overlooking the sunset. (B,D) Overnight End of Road Motel / Ash’s Holiday Apartments Karumba  This evening we will enjoy an alfresco beachfront dinner while overlooking the sunset. (B,D) Overnight End of Road Motel / Ash’s Holiday Apartments Karumba

DAY 5 – NORMANTON TO FORSAYTH, GULFLANDER  TRAIN, COBBOLD GORGE

This morning we will transfer from Karumba to Normanton Railway  Station and board the Gulflander. Also known as the ‘Tin Hare’, this legendary rail motor is one of the last great characters of the rail world. From wetlands and grasslands to arid Savannah territory, the Gulflander travels through countryside that most people will never see. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area steeped in pioneering history and heritage. Normanton was the port for the Croydon Gold Rush and is a terminus of the Normanton Railway Station which features preserved Victorian architecture. On our ride, enjoy a stop at Blackbull Siding for  morning tea, before arriving into Croydon. We will then explore the Heritage Precinct, the Historic Cemetery and also the Chinese Temple Site before departing for Forsayth and Cobbold Gorge to check in to our accommodation. (B,D) Overnight Cobbold Gorge Village / Finnegan’s Rest Forsayth

DAY 6 – DAY AT THE GORGE & CRUISE

Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden Outback oasis, the Cobbold Gorge. We will depart for our three hour tour including a walk to the grave of Pioneer, John Corbett and a boat cruise and tour of the gorge. Glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost eerie silence ensuring minimal disturbance to the wildlife. There’s every chance of seeing one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles. (B,D) Overnight Cobbold Gorge Village / Finnegan’s Rest Forsayth

DAY 7 – SAVANNAHLANDER, MT SURPRISE, UNDARA LAVA TUBES

The Savannahlander is a classic 1960 Rail Motor which travels between Cairns and Forsayth return, giving passengers one of the great rail experiences of the world through the savannah of Outback Australia. “The Silver Bullet” as the train is affectionately known, was state-of-the-art when it was brought into service. We will transfer to meet the Savannahlander from Forsayth stopping at Einasleigh then on to Mt Surprise. We will then depart for Undara Lava Lodge. The park protects one of the longest lava tube cave systems in the world. This afternoon we join the Archway Explorer Tour for a two hour guide through the Lava Tubes. This is an excellent overview of the lava tubes and how they were formed. Your Savannah Guide will also point out other interesting environmental, geological and historical features on your trip to and from the lava tubes. Following the tour we will check into our accommodation before enjoying dinner by the campfire. (B,D) Overnight at Undara Lava Lodge / Bedrock Village

DAY 8 – SAVANNAHLANDER TO CAIRNS

After our bush breakfast at the Ringers Camp we will depart to Mt Surprise and join the train as we travel out of the Savannah Outback region to the Atherton Tablelands and through lush greenery into Cairns. (B,D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander Cairns

DAY 9 – HOMEWARD BOUND

This morning following breakfast we will depart on the Spirit  of Queensland travelling to our home destination enjoying the company of your newfound friends. (B) Overnight Spirit of Queensland Train (clients in Rail Beds all meals included)

DAY 10 – ARRIVAL HOME

Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving into Brisbane with cherished memories of both the Australian Outback and the vast Gulf Region of Australia.

  • 9 nights accommodation including train travel
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners including train travel
  • Outback Reef N Beef BBQ Karumba
  • Terrestrial Centre Rock Collection
  • Gulflander Train including Morning Tea
  • Cobbold Gorge Entry, Tour & Cruise
  • Savannahlander Train Forsayth to Mt Surprise
  • Undara Lava Tubes Entry & Tour
  • Breakfast at Ringers Camp
  • Savannahlander Train Mt Surprise to Cairns
  • Stop Offs at Almaden, Mutchilba, Dimbulah, Mareeba, Kuranda & Barron Falls
  • Fully Hosted by our Friendly Staff

QPCV : Premium Economy Seat Return –  $50  /  First Class Rail Bed Return – $400
SENIOR : Premium Economy Seat Return – $370  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $670
ADULT : Premium Economy Seat Return – $630  /  First Class Rail Bed Return $935
These prices will also apply for the Gulflander and Opera Outback tours that are in Outback Rail Tours

Tour is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. A $450 non refundable deposit is due upon booking with the remainder payable 60 days prior to departure. Full payment is also non refundable within 45 days of departure. We highly recommend taking Travel Insurance. Please contact our office for a quote if you require Travel Insurance.