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2024 Journey of the Gulf Savannah


Book now and SAVE $300* per person! Experience a 12 day journey through the Gulf Savannah region from Longreach to Cairns. This tour offers a wonderful mix of rail and overland 4WD coach travel, discovering Gulf Savannah highlights.

Day 1: Wednesday - Longreach

Arrive at Longreach by QantasLink flight or Spirit of the Outback train where you will be met by your Savannah Guides Operator driver-guide and transferred to your accommodation.

3 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach.

Day 2: Thursday – Longreach

Explore the fascinating themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Take your seat at the exciting Stockman’s Life Live Show to see amazing horsemanship and the action of a live muster. Late afternoon, unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles followed by a two-course table service dinner and live entertainment at Smithy’s.

Day 3: Friday – Longreach

Receive a warm welcome to Longreach at historic Rosebank Station, originally settled as a sheep and cattle station some 100 years ago. Enjoy morning tea and a chat with the local Outback Aussie Tours owners. Returning to Longreach we spend a relaxed morning downtown before enjoying lunch at The Branch Café, a local favourite. This evening we board our heritage Rail Motor for an unforgettable Silver-Tails Rail Sunset with drinks and locally inspired canapés. Finishing off the evening we visit Qantas Founders Museum for the entertaining and informative Luminescent Longreach Sound & Light Show, which brings the 100-year story of Qantas to life followed by an exclusive dinner surrounded by aviation history.

Day 4: Saturday - Richmond

We’ll travel north east via Muttaburra to Hughenden in the Flinders Shire. While in town we’ll visit the Flinders Discovery Centre, home to Hughie the Muttaburrasaurus. Continue along the Overlander’s Way to Richmond.

Overnight Ammonite Inn, Richmond.

Day 5: Sunday – Cloncurry

We start the day with a visit to Kronosaurus Korner to see the most complete marine reptile fossils in the world. These fossils are from the Cretaceous Inland Sea that covered a large section of Queensland 100 million years ago. From here we travel on the Overlanders Way calling in at Julia Creek, before continuing our journey through to Cloncurry. Arriving in Cloncurry, we visit the Cloncurry Unearthed and John Flynn Place Museum where we discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of the most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.

Overnight Gidgee Inn or Oasis Caravan Park Cabins, Cloncurry.

Day 6: Monday - Karumba

We drive north along the Burke Developmental Road to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse. You will be travelling through mostly cattle country along this road. See the contrasting colours of this rugged landscape; the black trunks of the gidgee scrub, golden Mitchell grass, and enormous rust red termite mounds. In Normanton, take a selfie with Krys the life-size statue of the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught. See the Purple Pub, as well as Queensland’s earliest surviving and heritage-listed Burns Philp store. Arrive in Karumba, also known as the ‘outback by the sea’, in time to cruise the Gulf of Carpentaria to a remote sand island where we’ll toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies.

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 enjoy another Karumba sunset before dinner.

Day 8: 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 Village, Forsyth.

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, electric-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 smoko 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. 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 Guide.

Overnight Undara Experience, Mount Surprise.

Day 11: Saturday – Cairns

Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Take a tour through the original homestead built in 1876 and learn how hard life was for Queensland’s early settlers. Relax with lunch in view of their giant 100-year-old Bougainvillea and take a stroll around their expansive gardens. Travel the Kennedy Highway to the lush Atherton Tablelands and Dimbulah. We’ll pass through Ravenshoe, the highest town in Queensland at 920m above sea level and the bustling township of Atherton. Next we board the Savannahlander in Dimbulah for a unique outback rail experience on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ rail motor. Enjoy Happy Hour and spectacular views on the descent into Cairns.

Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns.

Day 12: Sunday – Cairns

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

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Prices (per person)

2024 Tour PricesTwin ShareSingle
13 DAY PACKAGE Brisbane - Cairns. Includes one way first class sleeper rail from Brisbane to Longreach. (GULF13)From $8,558*

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.
From $10,158*

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.
12 DAY TOUR ONLY PACKAGE Longreach - Cairns. (GULF12)$8,199*

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale departure dates until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.

*SAVE $300pp on the advertised price with Early Emu Sale departure dates until 31 January 2024 or while seats last.

Minimum tour numbers apply.  Itinerary subject to change.

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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  • Discover the outback you didn’t know existed on the Savannah Gulf Tour with Aussie Outback Tours Discover the real outback of Australia as you travel through Queensland from the southern capital of Brisbane to the Gulf of Carpentaria, by bus and 4 unique trains. We began with 17 strangers and ended our adventure with 17 friends. Guides Darren and Rachael provided a fun and knowledgeable atmosphere and facilitated everyone’s energetic participation into all aspects of the journey.

    Jennifer C
  • Fun tour to Gulf with OAT We had an awesome time with Outback Aussie Tours. The staff were fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and vehicles including trains, boats and bus were top notch. We got Savannah Guides in Cobbold Gorge and lava tubes who were walking encyclopedias, greatly enhancing the experiences. Can't recommend OAT highly enough.

    Brian C
  • An experience of the ancient and modern history and geography of Australia- what formed this country Travelling with a great group of people under guidance of our fantastic tour guides, Alex and Linda. Appreciating the rich beauty of rainforests and hidden lakes and sitting on a sandbank in the Gulf watching the sun set over the water. Being in awe of the forces of nature that created the gorges, the lava caves and left the open spaces. The people who live here. Advice for the trip is to slow down. Use the long distances just to learn to be quiet in your mind and if you like your espresso coffee, take your own.

    Di P
  • The holiday was the best we have done in Australia so far, even better than the tour through the red centre last year with AATKings.   Outback Aussie Tours (OAT) were great.. Besides the bus breaking down at Karumba and almost missing a trip on the Gulflander train everything went well. They were very good with everything and no issue was too hard for them to solve. I would recommend them to anyone who was interested in doing central Central Qld.   Their operations at Longreach are very good. Besides the Qantas museum and Stockman Hall of fame, they have a river boat tour, BBQ/dinner show alongside the river, and a night on Camden Park Farm with the owner and his wife over drinks at sunset and a BBQ dinner.   We met Sue (wife of Smithy), owner of OAT, when we had a BBQ/Dinner show alongside the Thomson River.   I'm told Smithy has lots of ideas and is keen to expand his business. He has brought an old rail-motor diesel train (see attached photo) and is starting to run rail tours either side of Longreach on short day tours, which will eventually extend as demand grows, most likely down to Emerald. This is due to start this month.   Their office is currently in the old Longreach railway station, but out the back of the station, next to a siding where his rail motor is, they are going to build a new HQ for their operations.   So many good experiences. I can tick off four of my "bucket-list" things I wanted to do, in one holiday.   The tour guide and bus driver were excellent (Husband and wife team), with both providing commentary along the way and prepared to spend time with each of us at dinner, etc. They just made the journey so much better.   Regards  Mr and Mrs Williams

    Mr and Mrs Willliams
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