Fitness Level (1-4):
- Chillagoe Limestone Cave
- Savannahlander Train
- Karumba Sunset Cruise
- Burketown, Georgetown
- Undara Lava Tubes
- Burke & Wills Camp # 119
Tour PointsBus Type: Medium
Accomodation: 4 nights accommodation - shared bathroom facilities
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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 stay at Chillagoe Eco Lodge - share 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 and the Latara
Motel, our accommodation tonight. Ensuite 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 at the
Karumba Lodge. Ensuite 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 accommodation. Share 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.
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 at the Gulfland Motel in Normanton tonight. Ensuite facilities.
DAY 7 NORMANTON – COBBOLD GORGE (BLD)
This morning we depart from Normanton’s famous Victorian architecture Railway Station. All aboard thehistoric “Gulflander RM93” train, a Savannah Guides Site, for a ride through the savannah landscape acrossthe Norman River to Critters Camp. On to Black Bull Siding then the old gold mining town of Croydon andits Historic Precinct. This afternoon we visit Georgetown and Forsayth on our way to CobboldGorge, a Savannah Guides Station, where we stay
tonight. Ensuite 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 campfireentertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway
carriages. Shared bathroom facilities.
DAY 9 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 lushgreen coastal plain and Cairns to end your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region.
Operates in conjunction with another operator in a vehicle without onboard toilet.