Gulf Savannah Wanderer

9 Day Guided Holiday | Cairns Return

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Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only.

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Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement

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Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).

Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Duration 9 Day Guided Holiday

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Gulf Savannah Wanderer

9 Day Guided Holiday | Cairns Return

Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Discover Chillagoe’s limestone caves, take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. After trekking through the Outback, relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.

Departs

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

 

2018  
Start End
Sep 12 Sep 20^
Sep 19 Sep 27
Sep 26 Oct 04
Oct 03 Oct 11

As this Guided Holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

 

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.

Hotel: Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge, or Chillagoe Guest House

Included Meals: Lunch and dinner

Board 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, Georgetown

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119. Cross the vast ‘Plains of Promise’ to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove for two nights in basic cabins.

Hotel: Adels Grove, Basic cabins^, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner



^On 30 May, 27 June, 18 July, 8 August, 15 August & 12 September departures, there is limited accommodation for basic cabins with en suites. Once full, permanent safari tents with share bathroom facilities will be used. 

Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, an oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise of Lawn Hill Gorge, a haven for bird and wildlife.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Visit the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna. You’ll have lunch at Gregory, then take a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton.

Hotel: Gulfland Hotel, Normanton

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Take the Gulflander RM93 train across the savannah and Norman River to Critters Camp. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth on your way to Cobbold Gorge.

Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This morning cruise Cobbold Gorge through Hampstead sandstone cliffs. Travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to faithfully restored antique railway carriages.

Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Breakfast in the bush, then take a tour of the 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle. Visit Ravenshoe and the Atherton Tableland’s Curtain Fig Tree. Descend to Cairns where your adventure comes to an end.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch



You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

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.

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.

 

Chillage Observatory Eco Lodge outside seating
Latara Motel

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.

Room interior at Latara Motel Georgetown
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.

Exterior grounds of Karumba Lodge
Adels Grove

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.

Basic Cabin - Air conditioned bunkhouse room
Gulfland Hotel

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.

 Pool facilities at Gulfland Motel Normanton
Cobbold Gorge Cabins

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.

Pool Facilities at Cobbold Gorge Cabins Forsayth
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.

Interier of railway carriage at Undara Lava Lodge
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Accommodation
  • Experienced Tour Leader
  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
  • Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria

Operated by our partners at Heritage Tours.

What to Bring

  • Luggage restriction of 1 piece (cannot exceed 10kg) per person
  • Suitcases, including suitcases with wheels are not recommended - Alternative: Soft bag (overnight or duffle bag) approx 30 x 30 x 70cm
  • Small day pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
  • Torch
  • Binoculars

Fitness Requirements

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

Dining

  • Breakfasts (8)
  • Lunches (9)
  • Dinners (8)

Flight Information

  • Day Prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
  • Day 9 – We recommend guests fly out the day after the tour returns to Cairns

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