The Gulf Savannah is a far-flung region of Queensland characterised by vast tracts of savannah grasslands, lagoons and mangrove-lined estuaries, affectionately known as the outback by the sea. Highlights in this tour include the Undara Lava Tubes and a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpintaria.
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Day 1 L, D
Brisbane- Cairns - Malanda - Atherton
After your early morning flight to Cairns, we will travel to The Tablelands, stopping for lunch featuring fresh local produce at the Malanda Dairy Centre. Enjoy a guided tour of the dairy processing factory and a visit to the beautiful new gallery featuring the work of talented local wildlife artists, Daryl Dickenson and Martin Willisplus. Continue on to Atherton for your overnight stay.
Day 2 B, L, D
Atherton - Georgetown
Today we’ll travel The Savannah Way. Upon arrival at Undara Lava Lodge, tour the visually spectacular Undara Lava Tubes—the world’s largest and longest lava tubes and home to a fascinating array of remnant plants and wildlife. Enjoy lunch in a unique railway carriage setting before travelling on to Georgetown.
Day 3 B, L, D
Georgetown - Forsayth - Georgetown
Travel into the heart of the Gulf Savannah Region and on to a hidden outback oasis—Cobbold Gorge. Take a guided tour which includes a walking visit to pioneer John Corbett's grave, fresh water crocodile viewing and a boat cruise of the gorge. Glide through the spectacularly sculpted gorge in almost eerie silence, to ensure minimal disturbance to the wildlife. After lunch, return to Georgetown for a visit to the unique multi-award winning TerrEstial and the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection.
Day 4 B, L, D
Georgetown - Croydon - Normanton
Depart Georgetown and travel the Savannah Highway to Croydon, situated just south of the base of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Croydon is a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Today it remains a small town in the heart of the grassland plains of the Gulf Savannah and is also the eastern terminus for the Gulflander train service. Visit Croydon’s True Blue Visitors Centre where you will learn some of the history of this outback area. We will then travel alongside the railway track following the Gulflander line from Croydon to Normanton. The train line was established in the late 1800’s to service Croydon's booming gold industry. Many buildings have been restored to the splendour of the town's gold mining days, the original buildings dating from 1887 to 1897 and have now been classified by the National Trust and Australian Heritage Commission. Normanton thrived as a port town in the late 1800’s when the gold rush was on in Croydon. On arrival in Normanton this afternoon, you will settle in at the Gulfland Motel.
Day 5 B, L, D
Gulflander - Barramundy Centre - Ferryman Cruise - Karumba
This morning we will board the legendary Gulflander, a tourism icon and working tribute to the early pioneers of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Originally built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, your journey will take you through the old gold territory with a history to match the incredible terrain. Today’s train journey is sure to be one of the highlights of the tour, taking you from Normanton to Critters Camp, enjoying a billy tea and damper morning tea at Clarina along the way. Enjoy lunch before checking into our accommodation in Karumba. This afternoon starts at the Barramundi Centre where we learn more of the research being done. Later, board the Ferryman sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria and see one of Australia's most fantastic sunsets.
Day 6 B, L, D
Karumba - Cloncurry
Depart Karumba after breakfast and travel back through Normanton to join the Burke Developmental Road. Rivers, spinifex and extensive cattle runs, spectacular outcrops of rock, roads that go on forever and that seemingly lead to nowhere, are all part of the scenery today. We will travel by the Bang Bang Jump Up—an unusual solitary rocky hill formation located in the middle of expansive flat grassland, before stopping at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse. Continue on to Cloncurry for our overnight stay.
Day 7 B, D
Cloncurry - Mount Isa
This morning visit John Flynn Place, which houses a museum commemorating the work of John Flynn and the beginnings of the Royal Flying Doctor Service—originally the Aerial Medical Service. Also in the grounds of John Flynn Place is the Fred McKay Art Gallery and the beautiful Cloncurry Gardens. Travelling on the Flinders Highway from Cloncurry towards Mount Isa, you will notice a vast difference in the landscape with the unexpected hilly countryside. Described as the ‘oasis of the outback’, Mount Isa is nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River and its existence and main financial base is the huge mine—the world’s largest single producer of copper, silver and lead. The highlight of any visit to Mount Isa is a comprehensive tour of the ‘Outback at Isa’ complex which also houses the Riversleigh Fossil Display and Isa Experience Gallery. Purchase your own lunch today while visiting the centre.
Day 8 B
Mount Isa - Brisbane
After breakfast, visit the Mount Isa Underground Hospital, and discover how residents lived in fear of being bombed. Enjoy a catered morning tea prior to transferring to the airport for your flight home.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $4,329.00 per person
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