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Wilderness Challenge - 9 Day Gulf Savannah Wanderer

Wilderness Challenge - 9 Day Gulf Savannah Wanderer

The Gulf Savannah "Wanderer" is a 9 day all overland accommodated safari through North Queensland's Gulf Country and lower Cape York - a land of real outback characters, bush pubs, wedge-tailed eagles and wallaroos, hot springs and cool rivers, and a rich history of Aboriginal culture, explorers and pioneers.

  • "Savannahlander" & "Gulflander" trains
  • Chillagoe Cave Tour
  • Georgetown Terrestrial Centre's Ted Elliott Mineral Collection
  • Gulf Sunset Cruise
  • Karumba, Croydon, Normanton, Burketown
  • Burke & Wills Camp #119
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • World Heriatge listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields
  • Cobbold Gorge & Undara Lava Tubes

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2015 Departures
Departs from Cairns.

• May 13, 20, 27
• Jun 3, 10, 17, 24
• Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
• Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
• Sep 2, 9, 16, 30
• Oct 7, 14

Tour Code: GW09A

Rates are per person, inclusive of GST, and in AUD$. Rates are valid to 31 March 2015

Twin Share: $3,395.00
Single Share: $3,730.00
Child (7-14) - Sharing: $3,295.00

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All meals as shown
  • Air-conditioned 4WD Vehicle
  • Maximum 13 passengers
  • National Parks fees
  • Tours & Cruises as listed above
  • Cobbold Gorge Cruise
  • Undara Lava Tubes Tour
  • All soft and alcohol drinks
  • Optional tours

Tour is not suitable for children under 7 years of age.


Day 1 (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 overnight in Chillagoe.

Day 2 (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 where we stay overnight.

Day 3 (B): Morning "smoko" on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore before continuing on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Lunch is at your own expense today. A leisurely afternoon before taking a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. We overnight in Karumba. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Day 4 (BLD): On 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 safari accommodation.

Day 5 (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 (BLD): A visit to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia’s fauna of 20 million years ago. Lunch at Gregory and a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to Normanton. Here you can absorb its famous landmarks, the "Purple Pub", historic Burns Philp General Store, a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile and its famous Victorian architecture Railway Station, home of the "Gulflander". We stay in Normanton tonight.

Day 7 (BLD): All aboard the historic "Gulflander RM93" train, a Savannah Guides Site, for a ride through the savannah landscape across the Norman River to Critters Camp. On to Black Bull Siding then the old gold mining town of Croydon and its Historic Precinct. This afternoon we visit Georgetown and Forsayth on our way to Cobbold Gorge, a Savannah Guides Station, where we stay tonight.

Day 8 (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 campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway carriages.

Day 9 (BL): 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 lush green coastal plain and Cairns to end your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region.

Meal Codes: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner