Gulf Savannah - 9 Day Accommodated Tour (163)

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Cairns Highlands & Outback » Gulf Savannah - 9 Day Accommodated Tour (163)

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This Gulf Savannah is an 9 day all overland accommodated along the Savannah Way  through a land of real outback characters, bush pubs and wild yarns, wedge-tailed eagles and wallaroos, hot springs and cool rivers, and a rich history of Aboriginal culture, explorers and pioneers.

Departure Dates & Availability for 2017: All tours are guaranteed to depart on the follow dates with a minimum of six passengers and road conditions permitting. This tour operates in reverse on different dates.

May 23, 30

June 6, 13, 20, 27

July 4, 11, 18, 25

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sept 5, 12, 19, 26

Oct 3

Inclusions:

All fares include meals as per itinerary code: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch and (D) Dinner. All camping or accommodation costs and entrance fees as per itinerary.

DAY 1 CAIRNS – CHILLAGOE (LD)

We start by winding our way up the Kuranda Range to climb on to the Atherton Tableland. We pass dense tropical rainforest and an agricultural landscape to Mareeba and beyond. We travel on to Chillagoe, an historic ore-smelting centre, better known today for its marble mining and limestone caves. We take a tour of the caves, the legacy of 350 million years old marine reef. We overnight in Chillagoe. Share Bathroom Facilities.

DAY 2 CHILLAGOE - GEORGETOWN (BLD)

All aboard the “Savannahlander” train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country.

Geology continues to dominate and fascinate as we change from limestone to granite to basalt country and with each geological change, a change in vegetation. Lunch along the way in this vast landscape provides a “fair dinkum” Aussie day. Now we head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown where we stay overnight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.

DAY 3 GEORGETOWN - KARUMBA (B)

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. Lunch is at your own expense today. Continue on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. Dinner is at your own expense this evening. We overnight in Karumba. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.

DAY 4 KARUMBA – LAWN HILL (BLD)

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 wespend two glorious outback nights in permanent tent safari accommodation. Share Bathroom Facilities.

DAY 5 LAWN HILL (BLD)

A relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. 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. Share Bathroom Facilities.

DAY 6 LAWN HILL - NORMANTON (BLD)

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.

DAY 7 NORMANTON – COBBOLD GORGE (BLD)

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.

DAY 8 COBBOLD GORGE – UNDARA (BLD)

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. Share Bathroom Facilities.

DAY 7 UNDARA - CAIRNS (B)

Breakfast in the Australian bush before enjoying a guided tour of the fascinating 190,000 years old lava tubes, a geological spectacle said to be the largest in the world. Visit Ravenshoe, Queensland’s highest town for lunch (own expense) before Mt Hypipamee (The Crater) National Park and the Atherton Tableland’s unique Curtain Fig Tree. Now we descend to the lush green coastal plain and Cairns to end your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region.

The operator reserves the right to alter itinerary and accommodation if necessitated

Features & Inclusions

  • Chillagoe Limestone Caves
  • 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 Tube tour

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2018 Season
1st May 2018 to 31st Oct 2018
Gulf Savannah - 9 Day Acommodated - Twin share $3795.00 adult
 

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

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