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Journey of the

Gulf Savannah


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

Day 1: Tuesday - Brisbane to Longreach

Guests on GULF19 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 (GULF19 guests only)

Day 2: Wednesday - Longreach

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

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

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

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.  Arrive in Mount Isa late afternoon.   2 nights RedEarth Hotel, Mount Isa

Day 6: Sunday - Mount Isa

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

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

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

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 Surprise

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

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 - Cairns to Brisbane

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 Rail Bed (GULF19 guests only)

Day 19: Saturday - Brisbane

Guests on GULF19 will arrive in Brisbane.

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Prices (per person)

 Twin ShareSingleTriple Share
17 Day Longreach - Cairns (GULF17)$9,499$10,889$9,309
19 Day Brisbane - Brisbane
(GULF19) with return First Class overnight rail

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.

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

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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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Book and pay deposit by 31 Jan 2018 and save up to $600pp on selected departures.

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Past passengers enjoy Early Emu Offers on all tour departures if they book and pay deposit before 31 Jan 2018.

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