Day 1: Tuesday – Brisbane to Longreach
Guests on GULF15 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach. The train is schedule to depart at 6.10pm. Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (GULF15 guests only) (D)
Day 2: Wednesday – Longreach
Welcome to Longreach! On arrival, transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights. Guests on GULF13 will join the tour today after lunch. At our Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers. Hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. 2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach (B,L,D)
Day 3: Thursday – Longreach
Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. View interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Meet the Smith family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead morning tea. Wander the five themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles platters; then take your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars savouring a table service two-course camp oven themed dinner, as the talented musical artists perform on the river stage. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Friday – Winton
We follow the Matilda Way to Winton and the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Hear wonderful stories surrounding Winton’s links to Australia’s unofficial national anthem; discover state of the art interpretive displays. Mid afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, for an interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and Dinosaur Canyon. Relax and take in the view at our exclusive sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed! Overnight Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton (B,L,D)
Day 5: Saturday – Cloncurry
Meet outback characters when we visit favourite Aussie pubs the Blue Heeler, and Walkabout Creek Hotel from the hit movie Crocodile Dundee. See Cloncurry Unearthed Museum and John Flynn Place. Discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service; one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. 2 nights Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry (B,L,D)
Day 6: Sunday – Mount Isa
On a full day trip to Mount Isa, affectionately known as the ‘Oasis of the Outback’, we visit Outback at Isa. Explore the fascinating displays of the Isa Experience. Gain an insight into how this town evolved following the discovery of the world’s richest deposits of copper, silver and zinc. Step back some 30 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, with its captivating interpretations into early mammal megafauna development. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Monday – Karumba
Travel overland through changing landscapes to Normanton with its origins as a port for the Gulf of Carpentaria’s cattle industry. Take a selfie with Krys the life-size statue of the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught. See the Purple Pub and Queensland’s earliest surviving and heritage-listed Burns Philp store. Arrive in Karumba in time to capture your first memorable Gulf sunset. 2 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba (B,L,D)
Day 8: Tuesday – Karumba
Join a nature cruise on the Norman River and Six Mile Creek then take a tour of the Barramundi Discovery Centre to learn about the live breeding program. Enjoy some free time after lunch then cruise the Port of Karumba estuary to a special sand island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the Gulf of Carpentaria. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Wednesday – Cobbold Gorge
Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic rail journey on the famous Gulflander, affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’. Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown. See the impressive mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis Cobbold Gorge in time for sunset drinks overlooking the stunning infinity pool! 2 nights Cobbold Gorge Resort (B,L,D)
Day 10: Thursday – Cobbold Gorge
Enjoy a tour of the magnificent sandstone gorge on this privately owned cattle station. The gorge is stocked with a variety of native fish and freshwater crocodiles. On a guided cruise, you’ll glide silently between towering cliffs in a specially designed, battery powered punt. Join an optional walk to the top of the escarpment for awesome views of the gorge below. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Friday – Mount Surprise
We board the Savannahlander in Forsayth for a highly personalised rail tour on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ railmotor. Enjoy a light lunch at the Einasleigh pub with its quirky miniature furniture collection. Re-board the train and travel to Mount Surprise, then transfer by coach to Bedrock Village for a two night stay. 2 nights Bedrock Village, Mount Surprise (B,L,D)
Day 12: Saturday – Mount Surprise
Meet some of the local characters at Whitewater Cattle Station. Explore the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of dining under the stars before gathering around the campfire with fellow travellers. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Sunday – Cairns
Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Relax with lunch in view of the giant 100-year-old bougainvillea, then take a stroll around the expansive gardens. Continue on to Atherton Tablelands and an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest, Lake Barrine. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest ecosystems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at your accommodation. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns (B,L,D)
Day 14: Monday – Cairns to Brisbane
Guests on GULF13 will conclude their tour after breakfast with a transfer to their homeward bound connections. Guests on GULF15 will transfer to Cairns Railway Station to join the Spirit of Queensland for a first-class overnight rail journey back to Brisbane. Overnight Spirit of Queensland Rail Bed (GULF15 guests only) (B,L,D)
Day 15: Tuesday – Arrive Brisbane
Guests on GULF15 will arrive in Brisbane at 9.20am (B)
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person
|Longreach to Cairns GULF13
|Cost Per Person
|Brisbane to Brisbane GULF15
| $8118 (QPCV)#
2019 DEPARTURE DATES:
GULF15 Ex Brisbane: 09 April; 28 May; 18 June; 16 July; 15 October
GULF13 Ex Longreach: 10 April; 29 May; 19 June; 17 July; 16 October
- EARLY EMU SAVER – Save $400 per person on April & October departures.
- #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (4).
- Conditions apply.
- Minimum tour numbers apply.
- This is a MEDIUM level fitness tour.
- Rail price based on one way fares travelling from Brisbane to Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback in First Class Sleepers and from Cairns to Brisbane in a RailBed.