9 Day Gulf Savannah Accommodated 4WD Safari (*199)

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Cairns Highlands & Outback » 9 Day Gulf Savannah Accommodated 4WD Safari (*199)

Type: Tours - Cape York Accommodated Tours

This extraordinary tour travels to the The Gulf Savannah in small 4WD vehicles that carry no more than 25 people and stops each night at outback accommodation along the way, for a great night's sleep! ... Taste the outback on this comprehensive 9 day exploration of the epic Gulf Savannah region of North Queensland.

Departure Dates : All tours are guaranteed to depart on the following dates with a minimum of ten passengers and road conditions permitting.

Departure Dates for this tour in 2017:

  • May 24,31
  • June 7,14,21,28
  • July 5,12,19,26
  • Aug 2,9,16,23,30
  • Sep 6,13,20,27

How to Book: A Deposit of $400 per adult is required to confirm your place with the balance due 60 days before departure. Bookings made within 60 days of the travel date must be paid in full within 72 hours. The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 10. The maximum number is 25.  This trip is very popular and should be booked as far in advance as is possible.

More Information:

You'll journey through a vast range of landscapes from lush tropical rainforest, vast savannah plains to semi-arid spinifex ranges and experience some of Queensland's most spectacular natural attractions. Discover a rich history of Aboriginal culture, of explorers and pioneers, of goldrushes and railways, of huge cattle runs. Come to the Gulf Savannah to capture the emotion and romance, tragedies and triumphs of Australia's amazing outback.

Tour Itinerary:

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 we spend 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

Specials & Packages

PRE-POST TOUR CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION SPECIAL

Price: $139.00
Valid until: 31st Oct 2017

  • Includes 3.5 Star Standard Twin Share Hotel Room
  • * $139 per person per night single room

* Conditions may apply

Rates and Tariffs

2017 Season
1st May 2017 to 31st Oct 2017
Accommodated Tour - Twin Share Room $3795.00 adult
Accommodated Tour - Single Room $4575.00 adult
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

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

Booking Information

How to Book: A Deposit of $400 per adult is required to confirm your place with the balance due 60 days before departure. Bookings made within 60 days of the travel date must be paid in full within 72 hours. The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 10. The maximum number is 25.

Departure time: Between 7.00am-9.00am, you will be advised an exact pick up time 1 � 2 days prior to your tour�s departure date.

Return time: Approximately 5.00pm. You will be advised at the time of booking.

Pickup or Departure Point Details: Complimentary pick up and return transfers to your accommodation in Cairns is included in this tour.

What is not included:
All drinks
Hotel pick-up or drop-off outside Cairns city centre
Items of a personal nature, newspapers, telephone, laundry, souvenirs, personal and holiday insurance.

Booking Policy

This tour is not suitable for children under 7 years of age. Child age is from 7 - 14 years only.
Solo travellers must pay the Single rate.

Luggage space is very limited. Please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (preferably without wheels) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. Definitely no hard bags or suitcases. If you are travelling as a couple, please bring two smaller bags as opposed to one large one. A maximum weight limit of 10kg per person is permitted due to space/weight limitations and Workplace Health & Safety requirements

Please advise the name of your Holiday Accommodation and/ or a mobile telephone contact in case the tour director cant find you. We also book accommodation at the best locally available rates so if we can help you with that, please let us know.


Cancellation Policy:
60 - 30 days prior to travel, a 25% cancellation fee applies
29 - 14 days prior to travel, a 50% cancellation fee applies
Less than 14 days prior to travel, a100% cancellation fee applies
A $200 per person administration fee applies to every cancellation greater than 60 days prior to the date of travel.

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