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2019 Journey of the

Gulf Savannah


Learn about the country's pioneering past and take in the stunning natural beauty of Cobbold Gorge and Undara Lava Tubes.

Day 1: Tuesday - Brisbane to Longreach

Guests on GULF15 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach.  Overnight Spirit of the Outback First Class Rail Sleeper (GULF15 guests only)

Day 2: Wednesday - Longreach

Welcome to Longreach!  On arrival, transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights. Guests on GULF13 will join the tour today after lunch.  At our Welcome Dinner tonight, meet fellow travellers. Hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. 2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach

Day 3: Thursday - Longreach

Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. View 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. Wander the five themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles platters; then take your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars savouring a table service two-course camp oven themed dinner, as the talented musical artists perform on the river stage.

Day 4: Friday - Winton

We follow the Matilda Way to Winton and the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Hear wonderful stories surrounding Winton’s links to Australia’s unofficial national anthem; discover state of the art interpretive displays. Mid afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, for an interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and Dinosaur Canyon. Relax and take in the view at our exclusive sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed! Overnight Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton

Day 5: Saturday - Cloncurry

Meet outback characters when we visit favourite Aussie pubs the Blue Heeler, and Walkabout Creek Hotel from the hit movie Crocodile Dundee. See Cloncurry Unearthed Museum and John Flynn Place. Discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service; one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.  2 nights Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry

Day 6: Sunday - Mount Isa

On a full day trip to Mount Isa, affectionately known as the ‘Oasis of the Outback’, we visit Outback at Isa. Explore the fascinating displays of the Isa Experience. Gain an insight into how this town evolved following the discovery of the world’s richest deposits of copper, silver and zinc. Step back some 30 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, with its captivating interpretations into early mammal megafauna development.

Day 7: Monday - Karumba

Travel overland through changing landscapes to Normanton with its origins as a port for the Gulf of Carpentaria’s cattle industry. Take a selfie with Krys the life-size statue of the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught. See the Purple Pub and Queensland’s earliest surviving and heritage-listed Burns Philp store. Arrive in Karumba in time to capture your first memorable Gulf sunset.  2 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba

Day 8: Tuesday - Karumba

Join a nature cruise on the Norman River and Six Mile Creek then take a tour of the Barramundi Discovery Centre to learn about the live breeding program. Enjoy some free time after lunch then cruise the Port of Karumba estuary to a special sand island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Day 9: Wednesday - Cobbold Gorge

Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic rail journey on the famous Gulflander, affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’. Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown. See the impressive mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis Cobbold Gorge in time for sunset drinks overlooking the stunning infinity pool!  2 nights Cobbold Gorge Resort

Day 10: Thursday - Cobbold Gorge

Enjoy a tour of the magnificent sandstone gorge on this privately owned cattle station. The gorge is stocked with a variety of native fish and freshwater crocodiles. On a guided cruise, you’ll glide silently between towering cliffs in a specially designed, battery powered punt. Join an optional walk to the top of the escarpment for awesome views of the gorge below.

Day 11: Friday - Mount Surprise

We board the Savannahlander in Forsayth for a highly personalised rail tour on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ railmotor. Enjoy a light lunch at the Einasleigh pub with its quirky miniature furniture collection. Re-board the train and travel to Mount Surprise, then transfer by coach to Bedrock Village for a two night stay.  2 nights Bedrock Village, Mount Surprise

Day 12: Saturday - Mount Surprise

Meet some of the local characters at Whitewater Cattle Station. Explore the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of dining under the stars before gathering around the campfire with fellow travellers.

Day 13: Sunday - Cairns

Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Relax with lunch in view of the giant 100-year-old bougainvillea, then take a stroll around the expansive gardens. Continue on to Atherton Tablelands and an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest, Lake Barrine. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest ecosystems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at your accommodation.  Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

Day 14: Monday - Cairns to Brisbane

Guests on GULF13 will conclude their tour after breakfast with a transfer to their homeward bound connections. Guests on GULF15 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 Rail Bed (GULF15 guests only)

Day 15: Tuesday - Brisbane

Guests on GULF15 will arrive in Brisbane.

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Prices (per person)

2019Twin ShareSingleTriple Share
13 Day Longreach - Cairns (GULF13)$6,439$7,679$6,249
15 Day Brisbane - Brisbane
(GULF15) with return First Class overnight rail sleeper and rail bed

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

*Rail subject to availability. Rail price based on Aust. Govt. Senior Card Holder fares in a First Class sleeper on the Spirit of the Outback from Brisbane to Longreach, and in a Rail Bed on the Spirit of Queensland from Cairns to Brisbane. Please ask for Queensland Pensioner and Full Adult rail fares.

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Customer Reviews

  • Journey of the Gulf Savannah - This was a fantastic 17 day experience! We had great guides who were very friendly and experienced. We went of the beaten track to visit places you might not get to see if travelling on your own. We had a good group in a well equipped 4wd bus. The accommodation was great for the remote locations we visited. Even the weather was extraordinary with the west as green as you will ever see.

    Allan C, Brisbane
  • Journey of the Gulf Savannah - 13 days in the west of Queensland plus the Gulf & Cairns. All of those who reside in "the city" should take a tour like this. This is the "bush"...from the enormous cattle stations to magnificent gorges, river cruises, vintage train trips, crocodile watch, helicopter trips, variable countryside, live shows & presentations & superb hospitality from motel staff to the station staff. Truly outstanding were Longreach's Stockman's Hall of Fame; QANTAS museum; Drover's Sunset Cruise / Longreach; Blue Heeler pub; Walkabout Creek pub; Albion pub (Normanton); Karumba (great little town / sunset dinner cruise); Gulflander train; Cobbold Gorge (magnificent); Savannahlander train; Undara Lava Tubes. A great trip

    Ian D, NSW
  • Everything was fantastic! We actually did Journey of the Gulf Savannah 9 day tour. Fantastic. I highly recommend Outback Aussie Tours. They are top class and have top class hosts on the trip. Thank you Sarah & Reece your were amazing! We will be traveling with them again.

    Sheila M, Gold Coast
  • Thompson River Cruise & Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show - Just part of the Aussie Outback Tour experience We did the cruise as part of our Aussie Outback Tours "Journey of the Gulf Savannah". Unfortunately there is no provision to review the whole trip so just take this advice - "if you can possibly take the Journey of the Gulf Savannah, make sure that you do it". It is just the best trip of this area of Australia and Aussie Outback Tours (headquartered in Longreach) are the masters - as were our hosts Brett & Kathy. The Thompson River Cruise and Smithy's Outback Dinner and show was just great (we almost missed out due to the preceding unseasonal rain making access difficult). How lucky were we that we were able to go. Delightful relaxing cruise, nibbles and drinks set the scene for a wonderful serene sunset. Then back to the river bank to Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show. Great food and almost non-stop entertainment from the talented and hard working Owen Blundell. It's in the book as a life highlight.

    Norm D, Melbourne
  • Have just completed a 17 day tour to the Gulf with Kathy & Brett as our tour guides. What a couple they turned out to be! Exceptional guides, caring, fun and just a wealth of knowledge between the two of them. Hope they get time to write a book one day with all their amazing adventures – some of which they shared with us along the way. They knew the name of every blade of grass, trees, birds, snakes (ugh) and even windmills, and much, much more. Thanks Kathy and Brett, you are two in a million! Thanks also to the Smithy family for their hospitality while we were in Longreach. You deserve to succeed in business. I would certainly recommend Outback Aussie Tours and would travel with them again. Thanks to all our fellow travellers as well – you were a great bunch.

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Past passengers enjoy Early Emu Offers on all 2020 tour departures.

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