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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

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 (Standard), or Chillagoe Guest House

Included Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Chillagoe – Georgetown

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 (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, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Karumba – Adel’s Grove

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 (Standard), 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. 

Day 5: Lawn Hill National Park

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

Day 6: Lawn Hill – Normanton

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 (Standard), Normanton

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Normanton – Cobbold Gorge

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 (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Cobbold Gorge – Undara

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 (Standard)

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9: Undara – Cairns

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.

Operated by our partners at Heritage Tours.

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 23 May 31
May 30 Jun 07^
Jun 06 Jun 14
Jun 13 Jun 21
Jun 20 Jun 28
Jun 27 Jul 05^
Jul 04 Jul 12
Jul 11 Jul 19
Jul 18 Jul 26^
Jul 25 Aug 02
Aug 01 Aug 09
Aug 08 Aug 16^
Aug 22 Aug 30
Aug 29 Sep 06
Sep 05 Sep 13
Sep 12 Sep 20^
Sep 19 Sep 27
Sep 26 Oct 04
Oct 03 Oct 11

Flight Information

Flights to and from your holiday are not included in the price.

Day Prior – Flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport

Day 9 – We recommend guests fly out the day after the tour returns to Cairns, as the tour may be delayed getting back to Cairns, due to flight delays, roadworks, traffic accidents.

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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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  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
  • Accommodation
  • Experienced Tour Leader
  • Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
  • Journey on 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  
  • Adels Grove  
  • 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
  • Adels Grove
    Adels Grove Camping Park, Lawn Hill Rd, Lawn Hill, Queensland 4830
    • Basic Cabin - Air conditioned bunkhouse room
    • Permanent Tents at Adel's Grove Lawn Hill
    • Reception and shop 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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