Tours to Cobbold Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes 2020 - Photo
Holidays to Gulf of Carpentaria 2020 - Photo
Tours to Gulf Savannah country 2020 - Photo
Guided trips to Karumba, Cobbold Gorge and on The Savannahlander 2020 - Photo

itinerary

Day 1: Cairns – Herberton Historic Village – Malanda

After an early morning departure from selected accommodation, your holiday begins, travelling up the Gillies Range to the Atherton Tableland. We stop off at Lake Barrine for a short walk to the Twin Kauri Pines, before travelling on to Herberton. Today we explore the Historic Village of Herberton, where you can live the folklore and romance of yesterday’s Australia in every piece of this eye-opening collection. Sit in the schoolhouse. Stand at the bar of the pub. Enjoy a latte in the Bakerville Tearooms. The award-winning attraction is more than a vintage precinct – it’s a tangible buzz of things past with over 50 original buildings with intact interior displays, original machinery and vehicles, plus thousands of antique items and period memorabilia. Late afternoon we settle in the Malanda Lodge, situated on 11 acres of manicured tropical gardens. All rooms have ground level balconies and views to enjoy the tranquillity, or maybe spot their resident platypus family in the large pond. Overnight Malanda Lodge (ensuite bathroom facilities).(L,D)

As this Guided Holiday departs early, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Queens Court Hotel, Novotel Oasis Resort or Rydges Tradewinds are best options for hotel pick ups.

Day 2: MALANDASAVANNAHLANDERGEORGETOWN

An early start sees us travelling west on the Kennedy Highway towards Mount Surprise, where we enjoy lunch with a snake show. After lunch, you travel aboard the “Savannahlander” train as it tracks towards Einasleigh. There is enough time to have a beer in the pub or head down and check out Copperfield Gorge, before the train departs for Forsayth. From here we travel on to Georgetown where we stay overnight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Georgetown – Karumba

Morning “smoko” on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore before Normanton for lunch. Here you can absorb its famous landmarks, the “Purple Pub”, historic Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue on via Normanton to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. We overnight in Karumba. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities (B,L,D)

Day 4: Karumba – Lawn Hill

Back through Normanton this morning and a poignant visit to Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860. Across the vast “Plains of Promise” to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. On to Adel’s Grove, a Savannah Guides Site, where we spend two glorious outback nights. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park

A relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a one hour cruise that offers an up close look at the Lawn Hill gorge and a stunning view of the Indarri falls. The gorge is a haven for an abundance of wildlife and a birdwatcher’s paradise. Swimming or paddling a canoe (optional) up the gorge is fun and highly recommended. Return to Adel’s Grove tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Lawn Hill – Normanton

A visit to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna of 20 million years ago. Lunch at Gregory and a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to Normanton. We stay in Normanton tonight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge

This morning we depart from Normanton’s famous Victorian architecture Railway Station. All aboard the historic “Gulflander RM93” train, a Savannah Guides Site, for a ride through the savannah landscape across the Norman River to Critters Camp. On to Black Bull Siding then the old gold mining town of Croydon and its Historic Precinct. This afternoon we visit Georgetown and Forsayth on our way to Cobbold Gorge, a Savannah Guides Station, where we stay tonight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara Lava Tubes

This morning we cruise on Cobbold Gorge’s beautiful and secluded waterway surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone, 135 million years old. Travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes, a Savannah Guides Station. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway carriages. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Undara – Farewell from Cairns

After breakfast in the Australian bush, an experienced Savannah Guide will meet you for an informative tour of the world’s largest, longest and most accessible lava tube system. We continue on our scenic and leisurely drive over the Tropical Tablelands past the Wind Turbines at Ravenshoe, stopping off at the magnificent Curtain Fig Tree, before making our way back to Cairns, where you will be taken to your accommodation. (Flights to depart after 7pm if not staying in Cairns. (B,L)

dates & pricing

Twinshare Sole Use Departs 2020
$3950pp $4760pp May 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Aug 12, 26
Sep 2, 9, 16, 30
  • Due to limited accommodation in remote areas of northern Australia alternative accommodation of a similar standard may be used
  • Luggage space is VERY LIMITED, so please restrict your luggage to ONE small SOFT travel bag maximum 10kg (300mm x 300mm x 700 mm) and a small day pack per person.
  • A $600 non refundable deposit required to book this tour

Highlights & inclusions

  • Historic Village of Herberton
  • Malanda
  • Savannahlander Train
  • Karumba Sunset Cruise
  • Burke & Wills Camp # 119
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • Riversleigh Fossil Fields
  • Gulflander Train
  • Burketown, Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth, Ravenshoe
  • Cobbold Gorge Cruise
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Meals as Indicated
  • Air-Con 4WD Vehicle
  • All Tours as per Itinerary
  • 4 Nights Accommodation (ensuite)
  • 4 Nights Accommodation (shared facilities)
  • Maximum 25 passengers

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