4 Day Savannahlander Cairns Outback Rail, Tour & Accommodation Package (#171)

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Cairns Highlands & Outback » 4 Day Savannahlander Cairns Outback Rail, Tour & Accommodation Package (#171)

Type: Packages - 4 Day Packages

This package is for those who wish to do the entire 4 Day return journey on Savannahlander. The Savannahlander is "the Outback Rail Experience"! But what is "the outback " you may wonder? Outback refers to remote and arid areas of Australia, although the term colloquially can refer to any lands outside of the main urban areas. The term "outback" is generally used to refer to locations that are comparatively more remote than those areas deemed "the bush".

This Savannahlander package features the highest level of accommodation and all the tours! You overnight at the Chillagoe Cabins, Cobbold Gorge, and in the Railway Carriages at Undara Lodge. Tours include Chillagoe Caves and town tour, a morning Cobbold gorge boat cruise and a two hour lava tube tour. Dinner and Breakfast at overnight accommodation is included. This package is subject to availability of accommodation, (Book early!) although alternatives can usually be arranged.

Not all railway carriages at Undara have ensuites although they are our priority when booking this package. Only double rooms have ensuites. If you want twin rooms, ensuites will not be available. Note that you can subtract $10.00 off the prices below if you don't get an ensuite room.

The Savannahlander departs on its four day adventure from Cairns Station on Wednesday mornings at 6.30 am, except during the week leading to Easter. During Easter, the Savannahlander travels during the four day holiday period, departing Cairns on Good Friday, and returning on the evening of Easter Monday. While the rest of Cairns is only just stirring into life, the train quietly slips out through the Northern Suburbs of Cairns, Freshwater and Redlynch, where it then begins its ascent of the famous Kuranda Range. Stops are made at Stoney Creek to view the falls, Barron Falls and Kuranda. From here we follow the Barron River around to Mareeba. After a short stop, we proceed to the small town of Mutchilba for a morning tea stop, then a quick visit to Dimbulah. From here cultivated fields and agriculture give way to the rugged bush, and we begin more ascents up the Featherbed and the Lappa ranges. At 1.00 pm we arrive at the first day's destination, Almaden where lunch is available and most passengers will transfer over to Chillagoe by coach for an afternoon of touring the caves and their overnight accommodation.

Thursday morning is an 8.00 am departure from Almaden bound for Mt Surprise and Forsayth. Enroute, we stop at Bullock creek for morning tea, Mt Surprise for Lunch, Einasleigh for an afternoon leg stretch and refreshments. After Einasleigh, we climb the rugged Newcastle Range, then pass through the stunning Delaney Gorge before terminating at our destination of Forsayth. Passengers are either transferred to Cobbold gorge or enjoy a relaxing evening in the town.

Friday's departure is at 8.30 am for our relatively short run to Mt Surprise. At Einasleigh, the Cobbold Gorge passengers rejoin the train. During the return journey, the train stops at lineside attractions (such as bower bird bowers, old mine sites) that were not visited on the outward journey. At Mt Surprise, you can either be transferred to Undara for a lava tube experience, and an overnight stay at the Lava Lodge, or remain in Mt Surprise.

On Saturday the train departs for the run to Cairns at 8.15 am, with an stops at Bullock Creek for morning tea, Almaden for lunch, and Dimbulah for afternoon tea. Many line-side attractions are visited and the journey culminates in a late afternoon descent of the Kuranda Range.

This Outback train experience operates for 42 Weeks of the year, from the first Wednesday in March until the second Wednesday in December.

Specials & Packages

Pre or Post Tour Cairns Accommodation Special

Price: $55.00
Valid until: 30th Mar 2017

  • Includes 3.5 Star Standard Twin Share Hotel Room + continental breakfast
  • * $55 per person per night twin share
  • * $110 per person per night single room

* Conditions may apply

Rates and Tariffs

2106-17 Season
1st Apr 2016 to 31st Mar 2017
4 Day Cairns Outback Rail, Tour and Accommodation Package $1315.00 adult
$799.00 per child
Concession Card Holder $1270.00 adult
Single Supplement - add $155.00 adult
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

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

Booking Information

Single Supplement: $115
Child policy: Children permitted when sharing a room with an adult.

Booking Policy

A deposit of 20% is payable at the time of booking with the balance due no later than 30 Days prior to travel.
Morning Tea and Lunch at own expense. Includes 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts
Please note that this is a very popular package and accommodation can be limited during peak season (June - September). If not all components are available, we can make alternative arrangements, and put you on a wait list for the advertised accommodation. Regardless of where you end up staying, you will still do the tours that are a part of this package.

Accommodation and tours at Cobbold Gorge are only available between Easter and October 31st .

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Cairns Highlands & Outback » 4 Day Savannahlander Cairns Outback Rail, Tour & Accommodation Package (#171)