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2022 Journey of the

Gulf Savannah


Cruise the pristine Gambumanda (Albert River), experience the Gulflander and Savannahlander scenic rail journeys, discover Cobbold Gorge and much more.

Day 1: Wednesday – Longreach

Arrive in Longreach, the heartland of Queensland’s Outback. You will be met by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host at either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport and transferred to your central accommodation for the next two nights.   Meet fellow travellers at our Welcome Supper and hear about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour briefing by your driver and host.  2 nights Longreach Motor Inn

Day 2: Thursday – Longreach

Explore Longreach on an introductory town tour, then wander the fascinating themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach for a spot of outback retail therapy followed by lunch. 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. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles, 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 our talented outback entertainer performs live on the river stage.

Day 3: Friday – Cloncurry

We follow the Matilda Way via Winton to Kynuna and the Blue Heeler Hotel for a slice of Australian folklore.  It was here that Banjo Paterson brokered a truce with the shearers who had burnt down the Dagworth woolshed and 143 jumbucks.  Rather than shoot each other, they sang Waltzing Matilda and both ‘swagman’ and ‘squatters’ sank their last drinks at the bar.  Next stop will be the Walkabout Creek Hotel made famous in the movie blockbuster Crocodile Dundee. Late afternoon in Cloncurry you’ll see one of Australia’s most comprehensive gem and mineral collections at the Cloncurry Unearthed Visitor Information Centre.  Then, discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service at John Flynn Place; one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.   Overnight Gidgee Inn, Cloncurry.

Day 4: Saturday – Burketown

Journey around 180km north of Cloncurry on sealed roads to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse before arriving at the Gregory Downs Hotel for lunch.  We travel north to the Burketown Visitor Centre, located in a building that once housed the historic Combined Post and Telegraph Office.  Hear stories about the fascinating Gulf of Carpentaria region, its Indigenous links and pioneering stories.   2 nights Savannah Lodge or Burketown Caravan Park, Burketown

Day 5: Sunday – Burketown

Today, we cruise the pristine waters of the Gambumanda (Albert River).  Your guide will share traditional knowledge and unique insights into the local river system and its diverse range of animals and birdlife. Tuck into a tasty lunch at the Morning Glory Cafe. Enjoy an interpretive drive and stroll around the Escott area where freshwater meets  saltwater.

Day 6: Monday - Karumba

We travel north along the Burke and Wills Highway towards Karumba, stopping at Leichhardt Falls, a plunge waterfall on the Leichardt River.  We will visit the heritage-listed Camp 119, the most northerly campsite of Burke & Wills, before travelling to Normanton, where you will have time to explore the iconic township. 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.  Enjoy lunch at the Albion Hotel.  We arrive in Karumba with time to capture your first memorable Gulf sunset.  2 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba

Day 7: Tuesday - Karumba

Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish.  Your tour of this state of the art Interpretive Centre includes the opportunity to feed a Barramundi.  Enjoy free time after lunch to explore the town or to simply relax and take in this beautiful location.  Late afternoon, we’ll cruise the Gulf of Carpentaria to toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies.

Day 8: Wednesday – Cobbold Gorge

Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic rail journey on the famous Gulflander, affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’.  Journey from grasslands to wetlands on this unique rail tour to Blackbull where we re-join our coach. 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 9: 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 from the glass bridge!

Day 10: Friday – Mount Surprise

Enjoy morning tea at the Einasleigh pub with its quirky miniature furniture collection and see the impressive rock formations of Copperfield Gorge. We take a scenic drive to Mount Surprise before heading on to the Undara Experience for lunch and check-in. This afternoon we join a guided tour of the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater. Enjoy learning about the geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Tour Guide. 1 night Undara Experience, Mount Surprise

Day 11: Saturday – Cairns

Travel through contrasting landscapes, Forty Mile Scrub National Park and Innot Hot Springs to Woodleigh Station. Take a tour through the original homestead built in 1876 and learn how hard life was for Queensland’s early settlers. See the cattle yards and hear the story of the cattle’s journey from paddock to plate. Relax with morning tea in view of their giant 100-year-old bougainvillea and take a stroll around their expansive gardens.  Travel the Kennedy Highway through the lush Atherton Tablelands.  Board the iconic Savannahlander in Dimbulah for a unique outback rail experience on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ railmotor. Enjoy Happy Hour and spectacular views as the sun sets over the Tablelands and on the descent into Cairns.  Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

Day 12: Sunday – Homeward Bound

Your tour concludes after breakfast.  Own transfers to your homeward bound connections.

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Prices (per person)

2022 Tour PricesTwin ShareSingle
Longreach - Cairns
Brisbane - Longreach - Cairns - Brisbane
Includes One Way First Class overnight Rail Sleeper & One Way Economy Flight
Brisbane - Longreach - Cairns - Brisbane
Includes Return First Class overnight Rail Sleeper & RailBed

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

*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. Included Economy flights are with an airline of Outback Aussie Tours choosing and subject to the airline’s booking and carriage conditions. Subject to availability. Rail & flights subject to availability.

Prices do not include:  travel insurance; meals not specified in the itinerary; drinks; laundry; optional activities; and items of a personal nature.

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  • Gulf Savannah Tour....one of the best I have experienced. I have many years experience in conference organizing both in Australia and Overseas. As part of these events I have organized many district tours. I have traveled extensively within Australia and overseas. The recent trip with Outback Aussie Tours was one of the most informative, enjoyable and entertaining tours that I have ever experienced. All meals are included, including some very interesting morning and afternoon tea locations. Great staff and always very helpful. If you want to really see the Australian Outback these are the people who can take you there, in comfort.

    Barry O'Connor, Benalla
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
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