Enjoy a guided accommodated tour on the Gulf Savannah Wanderer. It features Cairns, the Savannahlander, Karumba, Lawn Hill Gorge and Undara Lave Tubes
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We venture up the Kuranda Range to the Atherton Tableland. Pass tropical rainforests and an agricultural landscape to Mareeba and beyond. Travel on to Chillagoe, an historic ore-smelting centre, known today for marble mining and limestone caves. You'll tour the caves, the legacy of a 350 million year old marine reef.
Hotel: Chillagoe Eco Lodge. L D
All aboard the Savannahlander train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country. Geology dominates as the landscape changes from limestone to granite to basalt country, with corresponding changes in vegetation. Alight at the outback town of Mount Surprise for lunch. Now head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown.
Hotel: Latara Resort Hotel. B L D
Morning 'smoko' on the shore of Croydon's Lake Belmore before Normanton for lunch. Absorb its famous landmarks, the Purple Pub, historic 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 Hotel. B
We pass through Normanton and head to Burke & Wills Camp #119, the northern-most campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860. You'll cross the vast Plains of Promise to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. On to Adel's Grove, a Savannah Guides Site, to spend two outback nights.
Hotel: Adel's Grove Permanent Tents, 2 nights. B L D
Relax in Lawn Hill National Park, an oasis amid the spinifex-clad Constance Range. The gorge is a haven for wildlife and a birdwatcher's paradise. Swim or paddle a canoe (optional) up the gorge. We return to Adel's Grove tonight. B L D
Visit the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia's mega-fauna of 25 million years ago. Take a break at Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to Normanton.
Hotel: Gulfland Motel. B L D
Depart from Normanton's famous Victorian era Railway Station. Board the historic Gulflander RM93 train, a Savannah Guides Site, for a ride through the savannah, across the Norman River to Critters Camp. On to Black Bull Siding, then the old gold mining town of Croydon and its Historic Precinct. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth on your way to Cobbold Gorge, a Savannah Guides Station.
Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins. B L D
Cruise on Cobbold Gorge's secluded waterway surrounded by Hampstead sandstone, 135 million years old. Travel onto the famous Undara Lava Tubes, a Savannah Guides Station. There's campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to faithfully restored antique railway carriages.
Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge. B L D
Breakfast in the Australian bush before enjoying a guided tour of the fascinating 190,000 years old lava tubes, said to be the largest in the world. Visit Ravenshoe, Queensland's highest town before Mt Hypipamee (The Crater) National Park and the Atherton Tableland's unique Curtain Fig Tree. Descend to the lush green coastal plain and Cairns to end your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region. B L