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North Queensland Savannah and Gulf Country

North Queensland Savannah and Gulf Country

The Gulf Savannah is a far-flung region of Queensland characterised by vast tracts of savannah grasslands, lagoons and mangrove-lined estuaries, affectionately known as ‘the outback by the sea’. Highlights in this tour include the Undara Lava Tubes and a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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8 days

 

ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES

  • Be awestruck inside the world's largest lava tubes at Undarra

  • Cruise up the ancient Cobbold Gorge

  • Ride the iconic Gulflander

  • Feed the Barra at the Kurumba Barramundi Discovery Centre

  • Sunset Cruise on the Ferryman in Kurumba

INCLUSIONS

  • Ensuite accommodation – twin share basis

  • Taxi home pickup and return within the Greater Brisbane area*

  • Flights

  • 20 quality meals

  • Traveller’s Refund Guarantee*

  • Entries and attractions as shown

  • Modern luxury tour coach

  • Experienced Coach Captain and attentive Tour Hostess

  • Homemade Morning Tea

 

 

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Day 1

Brisbane - Cairns - Atherton
Arrangements have been made for your transfer to the airport ready for your flight to Cairns. On arrival, you will be greeted by your Coach Captain and Hostess. Travel to The Tablelands, stopping for lunch along the way. This afternoon, check into our overnight accommodation.

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Day 2

Atherton - Georgetown
Today's touring takes in some geological wonders, spectacular landscapes and quirky townships. Leaving Atherton, travel Gulf Development Road also known as The Savannah Way. Upon arrival at Undara Lava Lodge, take part in a tour of the visually spectacular Undara Lava Tubes - the world's largest and longest lava tubes and home to a fascinating array of remnant plants and wildlife. Lunch follows in a unique railway carriage setting. This afternoon, travel on to Georgetown and settle in for two nights

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Day 3

Georgetown - Forsayth - Georgetown
Travel into the heart of the Gulf Savannah Region and on to a hidden outback oasis-Cobbold Gorge. Take a guided tour which includes a walking visit to pioneer John Corbett's grave, fresh water crocodile viewing and a boat cruise of the gorge. Glide through the spectacularly sculpted gorge in almost eerie silence, to ensure minimal disturbance to the wildlife. After lunch, return to Georgetown for a visit to the unique multi-award winning TerrEstial and the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection.

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Day 4

Georgetown - Karumba
Today we travel the Savannah Highway to Croydon, just south of the base of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Croydon is a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Today it is the eastern terminus for the Gulflander train service. Visit Croydon's True Blue Visitors Centre where you will learn some of the history of this outback area before travelling alongside the railway track following the Gulflander line from Croydon to Normanton. After arriving in Kurumba this afternoon, we board the 'Ferryman Karumba' for a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Karumba has some of Australia's most fantastic sunsets so make sure that you have your camera ready. Return to the Karumba Lodge for a later dinner.

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Day 5

Barramundi Centre - Gulflander - Normanton
Karumba, at the mouth of the Norman River in the Gulf Savannah is the easiest access point for the Gulf of Carpentaria which is why the town is the centre of the Gulf's booming prawn and barramundi industries. This morning we will visit The Barramundi Discovery Centre and then travel to Normanton to board the legendary Gulflander train which see us arrive at to Critters Camp. Your journey will take you through the old gold territory with a history to match the incredible terrain. After your historic rail journey, settle into the Gulfland Motel for our overnight stay.

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Day 6

Normanton - Cloncurry
Depart Normanton after breakfast and join the Burke Developmental Road. Rivers, spinifex and extensive cattle runs, spectacular outcrops of rock, roads that go on forever and that seemingly lead to nowhere, are all part of the scenery today. We will travel by the Bang Bang Jump Up - an unusual solitary rocky hill formation located in the middle of expansive flat grassland, before stopping at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, actually located on the route taken by the intrepid explorers Burke and Wills; hence its name. Continue on to Cloncurry where we will stay overnight.

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Day 7

Cloncurry - Mount Isa
This morning visit John Flynn Place, which houses a museum commemorating the work of John Flynn and the beginnings of the Royal Flying Doctor Service - originally the Aerial Medical Service. Also in the grounds of John Flynn Place is the Fred McKay Art Gallery and the beautiful Cloncurry Gardens. Travelling on the Flinders Highway from Cloncurry towards Mount Isa, you will notice a vast difference in the landscape with the unexpected hilly countryside. Described as the 'oasis of the outback', Mount Isa is nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River and its existence and main financial base is the huge mine - the world's largest single producer of copper, silver and lead. The highlight of any visit to Mount Isa is a comprehensive tour of the 'Outback at Isa' complex which also houses the Riversleigh Fossil Display and Isa Experience Gallery. Purchase your own lunch today while visiting the centre.

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Day 8

Mount Isa - Brisbane
After breakfast, visit the Mount Isa Underground Hospital, and discover how residents lived in fear of being bombed. Enjoy a catered morning tea prior to transferring to the airport for your return home.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $4,529.00 per person

 

Single Supplement available @ $606.00 extra

 

 

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