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North Queensland Savannah and Gulf Country

North Queensland Savannah and Gulf Country

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 Carpentaria.

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8 days



  • Be awe struck inside the world's largest lava tubes at Undarra

  • Cruise up the ancient Cobbold Gorge

  • Ride the iconic Gulflander

  • Feed the Barra at the Kurumba Barramundi Discovery Centre

  • Sunset Cruise on the Ferryman in Kurumba


  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*

  • Flights

  • 22 quality meals

  • Traveller’s Refund Guarantee*

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Modern luxury tour coach

  • Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

  • Homemade Morning Tea



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Day 1

Brisbane - Mount Isa
Arrangements have been made for your transfer to the airport ready for your flight to Mt Isa. On arrival, you will be greeted by your Coach Captain and Hostess. Visit the Mount Isa Underground Hospital, and discover how residents lived in fear of being bombed. 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. Check into our overnight accommodation before dinner at the Motel.

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Day 2

Mount Isa - Cloncurry
Travelling on the Flinders Highway from Mount Isa towards Cloncurry, you will notice a vast difference in the landscape with the unexpected hilly countrysideThis morning visit some more sights of Mt Isa 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. This afternoon, 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. Settle into your overnight accommodation before dinner.

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Day 3

Cloncurry - Normanton
Depart Cloncurry after breakfast and join the Burke Developmental Road before stopping at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, actually located on the route taken by the intrepid explorers Burke and Wills; hence its name. We will travel by the Bang Bang Jump Up - an unusual solitary rocky hill formation located in the middle of expansive flat grassland. 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. Continue on to Normanton where we will stay overnight.

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Day 4

Normanton - Karumba
This morning will be a slower start to the day as we spend some time exploring Normanton. Be sure to spend some time exploring some of the unique old heritage constructions and quirky brightly coloured revamped place like the Purple Pub. This afternoon board the legendary Gulflander train on its return journey from Croydon at Critters Camp. Your journey will take you through the old gold territory with a history to match the incredible terrain. After your historic rail journey travel, we venture onto Kurumba. At the mouth of the Norman River in the Gulf Savannah is the easiest access point for the Gulf of Carpentaria which is why the town is the centre of the Gulf's booming prawn and barramundi industries. This afternoon we will visit The Barramundi Discovery Centre. Later this evening we board the 'Ferryman Karumba' for a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Karumba has some of Australia's most fantastic sunsets so make sure that you have your camera ready. Return to the Karumba Lodge for a later dinner.

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Day 5

Karumba - Georgetown
Departing Karumba this morning we travel back to Normanton for a cuppa. Today we travel alongside the railway track following the Gulflander line from Normanton to Croydon on the Savannah Highway. Croydon, just south of the base of the Gulf of Carpentaria, a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Visit Croydon's True Blue Visitors Centre where you will learn some of the history of this outback area. Continue on to Georgetown for a visit to the unique multi-award winning TerrEstial and the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection before and settle in for two nights.

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Day 6

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.

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Day 7

Georgetown - Atherton
An early start today as we continue our journey eastward. Today's touring takes in some geological wonders, spectacular landscapes and quirky townships. Upon arrival at Undara Lava Lodge, take part in a tour of 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. Lunch follows in a unique railway carriage setting. This afternoon, travel on to Atherton for your overnight stay.

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Day 8

Atherton - Home
This morning we visit the Curtain fig Tree and Lake Eacham. Next visit Nerada Tea for a tour and lunch in the Tea House set on one of the properties that the tea is grown on. Continue on to Cairns before transferring to the airport for your return home.

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