2018 Journey of the Gulf Savannah

**NEW in 2018 - Spectacular Scenic Flight Lawn Hill Gorge to Karumba**

Highlights:

  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Rosebank Station Morning Tea
  • Drover's Sunset Cruise including Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show
  • Winton & Waltzing Matilda Centre
  • Flinders Discovery Centre
  • Kronosaurus Korner
  • John Flynn Place - Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Outback at Isa Gallery & Riversleigh Fossil Centre
  • Lawn Hill Gorge Cruise
  • Scenic Flight Lawn Hill Gorge to Karumba (via Sweers Island)
  • Sweers Island
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre
  • Croc & Crab Sunset Dinner Cruise 
  • Gulflander and Savannahlander Scenic Rail Tours
  • Cobbold Gorge Tour and Cruise
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Lake Barrine Cruise 

 

Inclusions:

  • All motel en-suite accommodation 
  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Longreach to Lawn Hill Gorge and Karumba to Cairns
  • Scenic flight Lawn Hill Gorge to Karumba (via Sweers Island)***
  • Savannah Guides Master Operator Driver & Host
  • All meals (16 buffet breakfasts; 15 lunches; 16 dinners)
  • All entries/activities as per itinerary
  • Courtesy arrival transfer from Longreach Airport or Railway Station
  • Courtesy departure transfer to Cairns Airport or Railway Station (cab voucher)
  • One way First Class Overnight Rail Brisbane to Longreach and Cairns to Brisbane - GULF19 only 

 







Itinerary: 

DAY 1: TUESDAY – BRISBANE TO LONGREACH (D)

Guests on GULF19 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach.  Overnight on the Spirit of the Outback (GULF19 guests only)

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

Welcome to Longreach! Guests on GULF17 will join the tour today after lunch. On arrival you will be met by our Outback Aussie Tour’s representative and transferred to your accommodation for the next two nights. At the Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive orientation by our Savannah Guides Master Operator driver and host.  2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach

DAY 3: THURSDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)

Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas through interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts.  Meet the Smith Family at historic Rosebank Station for great hospitality and a relaxed homestead morning tea.  Discover the inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame as you wander the five themed galleries.  Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty on-board nibbles platters, before taking a seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show.  Relax under the stars and savour a mouth-watering two-course camp oven themed dinner, as you watch the talented musical performers on the River Stage.

DAY 4: FRIDAY – RICHMOND (B, L, D)

We follow the Matilda Way to Winton in time for morning tea at the newly reopened Waltzing Matilda Centre, then head north-east to Hughenden.  Meet 'Hughie' the life-size replica of a Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre, then follow the Overlander's Way to Richmond.    Overnight Ammonite Inn, Richmond

DAY 5: SATURDAY – MOUNT ISA (B,L,D)

This morning we visit Australia's premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner, for an unforgettable prehistoric adventure.   Leaving the marine creatures, we travel on to Julia Creek, home to the endangered Julia Creek Dunnart, an extremely shy nocturnal hunter.  In Cloncurry, we will visit John Flynn Place where we will hear the great Australian story of how John Flynn pioneered the Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.   2 nights RedEarth Hotel, Mount Isa

DAY 6: SUNDAY – MOUNT ISA (B,L,D)

In Mount Isa, affectionately known as the 'Oasis of the Outback', we visit Outback at Isa for a fascinating insight into the town's early days.  Step back some 30 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, with its captivating interpretations into early mammal mega fauna development.  Tour the perfectly preserved Underground Hospital, built following the bombing of Darwin in WWII, and visit the interesting Beth Anderson Museum.

DAY 7-8: MONDAY-TUESDAY - ADELS GROVE (B,L,D)

A real visual treat awaits us at Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, one of Queensland's most scenic national parks with its spectacular gorges and sandstone ranges.  View this remarkable gorge system on the ‘Cruise Lawn Hill Gorge’ sightseeing tour. Walk and cruise amongst the towering red pillars steeped in the Aboriginal legend of ‘Boodjamulla’. Delight in the picturesque views overlooking Indarri Falls and Gorge System, or take a refreshing swim in nature’s incredible Tufa rock spa bath. Tuesday night we celebrate sunset at Harry’s Lookout with nibbles.   2 nights Adels Grove

DAY 9-11: WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY – KARUMBA (B,L,D)

Board our scenic flight for dramatic views over Lawn Hill Station, the Gorge and the meandering channels that merge with the incredible Gulf of Carpentaria.  Make a stop on remote Sweers Island with its miles of golden beaches, mangroves and rocky cliffs, then reboard our flight to Karumba.  Spend a relaxing two days where the 'Outback meets the sea' with a mix of organised tours and leisure time.  Join a tour of the Barramundi Discovery Centre to learn about the live breeding program.  Take a day trip to Normanton for a nostalgic ride on the famous Gulflander rail journey.  See the Big Croc, Purple Pub and hear Normanton's story.  Cruise the Port of Karumba estuary and enjoy a special dining highlight - the ‘Sand Island, Seafood at Sunset Experience.’ Feast on fresh seafood as the sun sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria. An unforgettable natural setting!   3 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba

DAY 12-14: SATURDAY-MONDAY – COBBOLD GORGE (B,L,D)

Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown.  Arrive at the hidden outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge, our home for the next three nights.  Enjoy a three-hour tour of this natural wonder on private land, featuring an optional guided bushwalk to the top of the escarpment. Glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost spiritual silence through the dramatic sandstone walled gorge.   Join a morning tea and station tour briefing followed by a coach tour of the expansive Robin Hood Station.  Make time to enjoy the resort atmosphere or join an optional helicopter flight.   3 nights Cobbold Gorge Resort

DAY 15-16: TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY - MOUNT SURPISE (B,L,D)

Travel to Forsayth and Einasleigh with time to explore the beautiful Copperfield Gorge, shaped by the Copperfield River as it sliced through rock formed from a prehistoric lava flow. Tuck into a country lunch at the Einasleigh Hotel and travel via interesting backtracks to Mount Surprise.  Explore the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world's longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater.  See the beautifully restored, turn of the century, railway carriages at the Undara Resort. Enjoy the relaxing dining atmosphere of Bedrock Village's outdoor dining area and the campfire camaraderie of your fellow travellers.   2 nights Bedrock Village, Mount Surprise

DAY 17: THURSDAY – CAIRNS (B,L,D)

Join the iconic Savannahlander at Fossilbrook Creek for a one-hour scenic rail journey.  Enjoy a picnic lunch en route to Atherton Tablelands and cruise Lake Barrine, an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest.  Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world.   Arrive in Cairns late afternoon.   Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns

DAY 18: FRIDAY – (B,L,D)

Guests on GULF17 will conclude their tour after breakfast with a transfer to their homeward bound connections. Guests on GULF19 will transfer to Cairns Railway Station to join the Spirit of Queensland for a first-class overnight rail journey back to Brisbane.   Overnight Spirit of Queensland (GULF19 guests only)

DAY 19: SATURDAY – (B)

Guests on GULF19 will arrive in Brisbane.

 

2018 Departure Dates

Departing Longreach (GULF17):

  • 11 April
  • 02 May
  • 06 June
  • 20 June
  • 11 July
  • 08 August
  • 29 August
  • 26 September
  • 10 October

Departing Brisbane (GULF19):

  • 10 April
  • 01 May
  • 05 June
  • 19 June
  • 10 July
  • 07 August
  • 28 August
  • 25 September
  • 09 October

EARLY EMU DEAL for 2018 Departures**:  Valid on 10/11 April and 09/10 October departures only. Save $600 per person for bookings made and deposited before 31 December 2017

Pricing:

Cost Per Person

Twin Share Sole Use
17 Day (GULF17) Longreach - Cairns $9,499 $10,889
19 Day (GULF19) Brisbane - Brisbane $10,195* $11,585*

*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on one way Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a First Class sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares. Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

** Early Emu Deal is subject to availability and change without notice.

*** A seat in coach option is offered for guests not wanting to take the scenic flight transfer - please enquire.

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