Travel return form Brisbane on the Spirit of Queensland Overnight Rail Journey to Cairns. We then discover the Gulflander Train from Normonton, followed by the Savannahlander Train affectionately know as The Silver Bullet from Forsayth to Mt Surprise and finally the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Gold Class Style arriving in Cairns.
Combine this with amazing Outback experiences in places like Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton, Karumba, Cobbold Gorge, Mt Suprise, Undara Lava Tubes and much much more makes this tour one of the most unique experiences in Australia !!!!!!
Arriving into Brisbane City today and depart for Cairns at 3.45pm on the Spirit of Queensland Train in your Premium Economy Seats or Deluxe Rail Beds with all meals included plus pamper pack with the evening bed turn down. (All meals provided on the train for Rail Beds)
Note: Interstate / Overseas Guests with flights, please arrive in Brisbane today and transfer via Skytrain to meet the Spirit of Queensland for your journey to Cairns departing at 3.45pm
Note; If making your way to Cairns under own arrangements, please see Day 2 for details
Arriving in Cairns mid afternoon. You will then be meet by our friendly Tour Host and transferred to Cairns Queenslander with time to freshen up before enjoying dinner
Meals ( D)
Note: If making your way to Cairns under own arrangements, please arrive today and check in from 2pm. Please meet your fellow travelers and tour host for the welcome dinner tonight at our motel at 6pm.
This morning we depart by coach on our journey across the Atherton Tablelands arriving in Ravenshoe mid morning. Ravenshoe boasts the highest pub in Qld . We will pass through 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.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Latara Motel Georgetown
Depart after breakfast this morning travelling through Croydon for our town tour and on to Normanton as we follow the Gulflander train line. We will then arrive in Karumba this afternoon. This evening you can enjoy a cool drink at the Waterfront Tavern while watching the sunset over the remote Gulf of Carpentaria. We then enjoy an alfresco Reef N Beef Dinner.
Meals (B,D) End of Road Motel / Ash’s Apartments
This morning we will transfer from Karumba to Normanton Railway Station. Take a journey aboard the legendary Gulflander for a rail journey unlike any other. 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 board the coach again for Forsayth and Cobbold Gorge.
Meals (B,D) Cobbold Gorge Village / Finnegan’s Rest
Following breakfast this morning you will be amazed as you delve into a geological process which began some 1700 million years ago. This is an unforgettable highlight of your trip to outback Queensland. The tour begins with an informative insight to the geology of the rugged sandstone formations, followed by a guided bushwalk to the top of the escarpment. It’s a relatively easy walk with the reward of a magnificent view of the gorge below. Then 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.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Cobbold Gorge / Finnegan’s Rest
The Savannahlander (Silver Bullet) travels between Forsayth & Mt Surprise, giving passengers one of the great rail experiences of the world through the Outback. Stopping at Einasleigh with time to purchase lunch at the pub if you wish before travelling through to Mount Surprise. We will then depart to the Undara National Park for our tour of the Lava Tubes.
About 190,000 years ago, there was a massive eruption and lava flowed from the Undara Volcano at a rate of about 1000 m3 every second. A lava flow this large could fill Sydney Harbour in six days. The lava tubes and caves were formed when rivers of lava confined to a valley crusted over from a large weather event thought to be a Cyclone and formed a roof. Insulated in its casing of solidified lava, the lava flow carried on for tens of kilometres before draining out, leaving an empty tube of lava. More than 50 caves have been found in the park with most to remote to see but we get to visit the 2 best examples with easy access.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Bedrock Village
After our breakfast, we will depart by coach and meet the Kuranda Scenic Railway for our Gold Class Train ,traveling through lush tropical greenery to Cairns arriving in time to freshen up for our farewell dinner.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Cairns Queenslander Cairns
This morning following breakfast we will transfer you to depart on the Spirit of Queensland travelling to our home destination enjoying the company of your new found friends. (B) Overnight Spirit of Qld Train (clients in Rail Beds all meals included)
Note: If making your own arrangements and not using the rail service, please check out by 10am and enjoy the rest of your holidays.
Extra nights in Cairns can be pre-arranged.
Today the Spirit of Queensland will finish the journey arriving into Brisbane at 9.30am with cherished memories of both the Australian Outback and the vast Gulf Region of Australia.
Note: Interstate / Overseas Guests with flights, will transfer back via Skytrain to Brisbane airport for your return flight home.
Tour Cost is PP in a Double or Twin Room, If Sole Use Room, add $600