Travel return from 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 and finally the Kuranda Scenic Railway in Gold Class Style arriving in Cairns.
Combine this with a wonderful Tour Host along 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 !!!!!!
Depart Brisbane 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 Guests with flights, please arrive in Brisbane today and transfer via Skytrain to meet the Spirit of Queensland for your journey to Cairns departing BNE at 3.45pm
Note; If making your way to Cairns under your 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 your accommodation with time to freshen up before enjoying a welcome dinner.
Meals ( D) Overnight Double Tree Hilton Cairns
Note: If making your way to Cairns under own arrangements, arrive today and check in from 2pm. Please meet your fellow travelers and tour host for the welcome dinner tonight in 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 then pass through Mt Surprise with a stop to purcahse lunch should you wish before travelling further inland stopping at Georgetown. Here we visit the Terrestrial Centre which houses one of the largest mineral and rear rock collections in the world.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Latara Motel in 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 and visit the brand new interactive and state of the art Interpretive Discovery Centre which provides the history, stories, lifecycle and habits of the Barramundi. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora
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) 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.
Disembarking the train at Balckbull Siding and following Morning Tea, we board the coach for Croydon and a lunch stop before making our way to Forsayth and check into our accommodation. Time to refresh before our dinner this evening.
NOTE: Try a Goldfields Ale which is uniquely brewed especially for the Goldfields Pub
Meals (B,D) Overnight Finnegan’s Rest @ Forsayth
Following breakfast this morning you will be transferred by 4wd Coach to Cobbold Gorge where you will be amazed as you delve into a geological process which began 700 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, with the reward of a magnificent view of the gorge below. Then make your way over the newly constructed Glass Bridge for un unforgettable view below into the Gorge. 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.
Some free time following lunch to take an optional Helicopter ride if you wish before we are transferred back to Forsayth in time for our hearty dinner.
NOTE : The Escarpment and Glass Bridge Walk is 2.5klm and requires a good level of fitness to complete. Shorter walks are available, however they are not up to the top of the escarpment. The cruise boats suit low level fitness.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Finnegan’s Rest @ Forsayth
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. 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 @ Mt Surprise
After our breakfast, we will depart by coach and meet the Kuranda Scenic Railway for our Gold Class Train service traveling through lush tropical greenery to Cairns arriving in time to freshen up for our farewell dinner this evening.
Meals (B,D) Overnight Double Tree Hilton 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.
Note: Return Rail can be pre-arranged for a later date upon availability. 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.
Fully Hosted by our Friendly Staff
Tour Cost is PP in a Double or Twin Room, If Sole Use Room, add $600