Gulf Savannah Wanderer

9 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return

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Gulf Savannah Wanderer

9 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return

Gulf Savannah Wanderer

9 Day Guided Vacation | Cairns Return | Travel Period: 1 May 2021 – 30 Sep 2021

Gulf Savannah Wanderer

9 Day Guided Vacation

Cairns Return

Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.

Why you'll love this trip:

  • For those who love the outdoors and want to see the spectacular Gulf Country
  • Have an appreciation for lesser known history of Australia
  • Enjoy travelling with smaller group sizes with a maximum of 25 guests

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Flexible Vacations

Consider an optional experience & paddle a canoe on Lawn Hill Gorge. It's fun & recommended.

Iconic Sites

Journey on the famous Savannahlander from Mount Surprise to Forsayth.

Time For You

Explore the Historic Village Herberton, where you can live the folklore and romance of yesterday’s Australia.

Sustainable Travel

Leave no trace with reusable crockery, utensils and cups for your outdoor lunches.

Travel to the Atherton Tablelands and Lake Barrine before today’s highlight, Historic Village Herberton, with over 50 original buildings, interior displays plus thousands of antique items. Stay tonight in Malanda.

Hotel: Malanda Lodge Motel

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

An early start sees us travel to Mount Surprise for lunch. Then board the 'Savannahlander' train as it tracks towards Einasleigh. There is time for a beer in the pub before the train departs for Forsayth. From here we travel to Georgetown.

Hotel: Latara Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Hotel: Karumba Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 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.

Hotel: Adels Grove, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Dinner

Visit Riversleigh Fossil Fields, recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna. Enjoy lunch at Gregory, then call in at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton.

Hotel: Gulfland Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take the Gulflander RM93 train through the savannah landscape and across the Norman River to Critters Camp. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth en route to Cobbold Gorge.

Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise Cobbold Gorge through Hampstead sandstone cliffs. Visit the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner, then retire to faithfully restored antique rail carriages.

Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 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, Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The most central location to all of the Atherton Tablelands attractions. Restaurant, bar and pool on 11 acres of landscaped grounds, WIFI and air-con. Complimentary continental breakfast box.

    Features

  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • TV
  • Ensuite
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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
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

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by air conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • Medium level of fitness required

Dining

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners

Flight Information

  • Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
  • Day 9 – 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 etc. We cannot drop off guests at the airport.
  • Flights are not included in the holiday price.
  • AAT Kings ‘Smart Ways to Save’ are not applicable to this holiday.
  • This holiday is operated by 3rd party partners at Heritage Tours.

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