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Gulf Savannah Wanderer

  • Lawn Hill Gorge

    Lawn Hill Gorge

  • Cobbold Gorge

    Cobbold Gorge

  • Chillagoe Limestone Caves

    Chillagoe Limestone Caves

  • Adel's Grove

    Adel's Grove

  • Gulflander Train

    Gulflander Train

  • Karumba


Tour codes: QGS

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As this Guided Holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
Day 1: Cairns – Chillagoe

Welcome to Cairns! You start your holiday by winding your way up to the Atherton Tablelands. Travel on to Chillagoe, known for its marble mining and limestone caves. Tour the caves, the legacy of a 350 million year old marine reef.

Hotel: Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge (Standard)

Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Chillagoe – Georgetown

All aboard the Savannahlander train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country. Watch the landscape change from limestone to granite to basalt country, as you head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown.

Hotel: Latara Motel (Standard), Georgetown.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Georgetown – Karumba

Enjoy a morning ‘smoko’ on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore. In historic Normanton take in famous landmarks like the ‘Purple Pub’, Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset.

Hotel: Karumba Lodge (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Karumba – Adel’s Grove

Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated 1860 expedition. Cross the vast ‘Plains of Promise’ to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove where you’ll spend two glorious outback nights in permanent tent safari accommodation.

Hotel: Adel’s Grove Permanent Tents (Standard), 2 nights.*

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park

Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Then enjoy a one hour cruise that offers a close look at Lawn Hill Gorge. The gorge is a haven for an abundance of wildlife and a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Lawn Hill – Normanton

Visit 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. You’ll have lunch at Gregory, then take a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton

Hotel: Gulfland Hotel (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge

All aboard the historic Gulflander RM93 train for a ride through the savannah landscape across the Norman River to Critters Camp. This afternoon you’ll visit Georgetown and Forsayth on your way to Cobbold Gorge.

Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara

This morning cruise on Cobbold Gorge’s beautiful and secluded waterway, surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone which is 135 million years old. Travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway carriages.

Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Undara – Farewell from Cairns

Enjoy breakfast in the Australian bush, before a guided tour of the fascinating 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle said to be the largest in the world. Visit Ravenshoe, Queensland’s highest town and the Atherton Tableland’s unique Curtain Fig Tree. Now you’ll descend to Cairns where your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region comes to an end (flights to depart after 9.00pm).

Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Operated by our partners at Heritage Tours.

*Permanent tent safari accommodation with share bathrooms on tours departing Cairns 24 May, 14 June, 9, 16 & 30 August and 13 September. Rooms with en suite bathrooms on other departures

9 Day Guided Holiday


Selected departures between May - October. Departures subject to availability and may be waitlisted until minimum numbers have been met.


Start End
May 24 Jun 01
May 31 Jun 08
Jun 07 Jun 15
Jun 14 Jun 22
Jun 21 Jun 29
Jun 28 Jul 06
Jul 05 Jul 13
Jul 12 Jul 20
Jul 19 Jul 27
Jul 26 Aug 03
Aug 02 Aug 10
Aug 09 Aug 17
Aug 16 Aug 24
Aug 23 Aug 31
Aug 30 Sep 07
Sep 06 Sep 14
Sep 13 Sep 21
Sep 20 Sep 28
Sep 27 Oct 05
Oct 04 Oct 12

Flights to depart Cairns after 9.00pm

We recommend guests to fly out the day after the tour returns to Cairns, as the tour may be delayed getting back to Cairns, due to roadworks, traffic accidents etc. We cannot drop off guests at the airport.

Need Accommodation?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast (8)
  • Lunch (8)
  • Dinner (7)
  • Experienced Safari Leader
  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
  • Savannahlander & Gulflander Trains
  • Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria

What to bring

Please note luggage cannot exceed 10kg per person. Suitcases, including suitcases with wheels are not recommended. Airlines also have luggage restrictions of 1 piece per person. There will also be opportunity to laundry your clothes.

  • Soft bag (overnight or duffle bag) approx 30 x 30 x 70cm
  • Small day pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Light jacket
  • Warmer clothes for cooler nights
  • Swimmers & towel
  • Torch
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellant

Fitness requirement

Moderate level of fitness as walks to locations may be on uneven ground.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Gulf Savannah Wanderer (QGS)

Front Exterior of Karumba Lodge
Where you'll be staying
  • Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge  
  • Latara Motel  
  • Karumba Lodge  
  • Adel’s Grove Permanent Tents  
  • Gulfland Hotel  
  • Cobbold Gorge Cabins  
  • Undara Lava Lodge  
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Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

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  • Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge
    1 Hospital Ave, Chillagoe, QLD 4871
    • Chillage Observatory Eco Lodge outside seating
    • Swimming Pool at Chillagoe Observatory Eco Lodge
    • Pond at Chillagoe Observatory Eco Lodge

    Stay & enjoy our peaceful oasis in the outback, surrounded by shady trees & visited by many native birds & animals. Enjoy a delicious meal at the fully licensed restaurant & then star-gazing of our impressive night skies at our very own observatory.


    • Features
    • Shower and toilet facilities
  • Latara Motel
    Gulf Development Road, Georgetown, QLD 4871
    • Room interior at Latara Motel Georgetown

    Latara Motel is located in Georgetown in the heart of the Savannah Way. It is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area and unique attractions. The Motel is spread over seven acres of natural bushland gardens and sweeping lawns, creating an oasis in the desert.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • TV
    • Ensuite
    • ISD/STD phone
    • Room service
    • Guest Laundry
  • Karumba Lodge
    Cnr Yappar & Gilbert Streets, Karumba, QLD 4891
    • Exterior grounds of Karumba Lodge
    • Tv & seating area at Karumba Lodge
    • Motel Style Accommodation at Karumba Lodge

    The Karumba Lodge reflects all of the excitement and adventure the gulf country has to offer. Situated on absolute river frontage, the Karumba Lodge overlooks the Norman River in the centre of the main township of Karumba. This provides easy access to all the town’s facilities including the post office, bank, supermarket, fishing charters and river cruises.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Refrigerator
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Shared self-service laundry facilities
    • TV
    • Barbecue facilities
  • Adel’s Grove Permanent Tents
    Adels Grove Camping Park, Lawn Hill Rd, Lawn Hill, Queensland 4830
    • Reception and shop at Adel's Grove Lawn Hill
    • Permanent Tents at Adel's Grove Lawn Hill

    Adels Grove is located 10 km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park and 50 km from the world heritage Riversleigh Fossil fields.

    Visitors have the option of Camping or enjoying our dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in either furnished river tents or rooms. Relax on our licensed deck area or by Lawn Hill Creek between swims.

    • Features
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Towels and Bedlinen
  • Gulfland Hotel
    11 Landsborough Street, Normanton, QLD 4890
    •  Pool facilities at Gulfland Motel Normanton

    Gulfland Hotel is ideally positioned on the outskirts of Normanton in a quiet location only a short drive/walk to town. Noramnton is the second oldest town in the Gulf and serves as the main business centre for Gulf of Carpentaria with services such as Westpac bank, Post Office, Centrelink, Medical Centre, Hospital, Airport , Bus Service just to mention a few. As the town is bordered by the Norman River it is also a great birdwatching base with a vast aray of species in our local area.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • TV
    • Ensuite
  • Cobbold Gorge Cabins
    Cobbold Gorge Caravan Park, Gregory Developmental Road, Forsayth, QLD 4871
    • Pool Facilities at Cobbold Gorge Cabins Forsayth

    Discovering the spirit of the outback no longer means giving up the creature comforts of home.

    By day, immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Gulf Savannah; by night, unwind and rest up in privacy and comfort.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • Phone
    • Internet Access
    • Bathroom Amenities
  • Undara Lava Lodge
    Undara Volcanic National Park, Savannah Way, Mt Surprise QLD 4871
    • Interier of railway carriage at Undara Lava Lodge
    • Railway carriage double room at Undara Lava Lodge
    • Pioneers Hut interior at Undara Lava Lodge
    • Pioneers Hut double room at Undara Lava Lodge

    Unlike any other hotel or resort, Undara is a wilderness experience totally in contrast to today’s modern accommodation. It’s a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant as they are at home in their surroundings.
    Stay in either restored turn-of the century railway carriages or pioneer hunts.

    • Features
    • Toilet facilities
    • Linen
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