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2019 Journey of the

Gulf Savannah

13-15

DAYS
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! Guests on GULF13 will join the tour today after lunch.   On arrival, transfer 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 tour orientation by our Savannah Guides Master 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 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 your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & 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 - Winton

We follow the Matilda Way to Winton to visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song. Hear wonderful stories surrounding Winton’s links to Australia’s unofficial national anthem and explore the interactive and fascinating displays.  Mid afternoon, visit the Australian Age of Dinosaurs laboratory, for a guided interpretive tour of the laboratory, collection room and Dinosaur Canyon.  Relax with new found friends at our exclusive sunset barbeque overlooking the plains where dinosaurs once roamed! Overnight Boulder Opal Motor Inn, Winton


Day 5: Saturday - Cloncurry

We travel north and discover outback characters as we visit favourite Aussie pubs including the Walkabout Creek Hotel, made famous in the Crocodile Dundee Movie.   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 Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry


Day 6: Sunday - Mount Isa

We take a day trip to Mount Isa, affectionately known as the ‘Oasis of the Outback’, where we will visit Outback at Isa.  You will wander through the Isa Experience, which provides a fascinating insight into the mining industry development, the town’s early days and the cultural diversity of Mount Isa. Step back some 30 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, with its captivating interpretations into early mammal mega fauna development. After lunch enjoy an interesting Mount Isa town tour.  You will also have the option of taking a scenic flight over the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge.  We return to Cloncurry for a casual dinner at our accommodation.


Day 7-8: Monday-Tuesday - Karumba

We drive north through diverse landscapes to Karumba where the ‘Outback meets the sea’.  Join a nature cruise on the Norman River and Six Mile Creek and enjoy the history of the Karumba Port.  Take a tour of the Barramundi Discovery Centre to learn about the live breeding program. Cruise the Port of Karumba estuary to a special sand island in the Gulf of Carpentaria then enjoy a delicious fresh seafood dinner at the End of the Road Motel. Feast on fresh seafood as the sun sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria, renowned for it’s spectacular sunsets.  2 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba


Day 9-10: Wednesday-Thursday - Cobbold Gorge

Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic ride on the famous Gulflander rail journey. See the Big Croc, Purple Pub and learn Normanton’s story.  Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown, including a magnificent mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge, our home for the next two 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. 2 nights Cobbold Gorge Resort


Day 11-12: Friday-Saturday - Mount Surprise

This morning, we travel to Forsayth to join the iconic Savannahlander rail journey to Einasleigh. 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 and 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 13: Sunday - Cairns

Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Relax with lunch in view of their giant 100 year-old bougainvillea and take a stroll around their 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 eco-systems in the world as you cruise this beautiful lake. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at our 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
$7,135*$8,375*$6,945*

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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