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13 day tour – Cairns region and the Gulf Savannah Explorer

This tour showcases the northern outback of Queensland.

A unique bus tour with a splash of a river cruise and the rattle of a train journey

We discover amazing larva formations, sunsets, historic villages and ancient rainforests.

We unwind in the tranquillity North Queensland has to offer

We explore gorges, wetlands and marvel at natures most amazing creations.

Enjoy the comforts of a medium size boutique bus and small passengers numbers and a tour guide with a yarn of his own.

Highlights

  • Quinkan Rock Art
  • Cooktown Museum
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • Black Mountain
  • Grassy Hill 360° kookout
  • Daintree river cruise
  • Port Douglas
  • Historic Karanda
  • Karanda Train
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre and Hatchery
  • Ferryman River Cruise – Crocodiles and Sunset
  • The savannah way on the Gulfander
  • Burke and Wills Camp 119
  • Cobbold Gorge river cruise
  • Undara Larva Caves
  • Sleeping inside a railway carriage
  • Herberton historic village
  • Aussie bush breakfast
  • Milla Milla Falls
  • 500 year old curtain fig
  • Karumba,  Exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • Sunset cruise in Karumba
  • 8.6m replica od Kyrs the Croc
  • Purple Pub

Itinerary

Welcome to North Queensland. Make your way to your accommodation and take in the ambiance of North Queensland with a relaxing afternoon.

Overnight in Cairns

Today we take the inland journey across the Palmers river to one of the top 10 rock art galleries in the world. This is in the Quinkan country which takes its name form the spirit figures which are featured in the rock art.

We do a tour of this art gallery where the paintings have been dated back 15000 to 30000 years ago, over hundreds of generations.

From here we make our way to Cooktown where we will stay for the next 2 nights

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in Cooktown.

After Breakfast we go exploring. Discover the unique history and cooktowns colourful past on a stroll around town, taking in Captain Cooks museum.

We will have lunch at the Historic lions Den Hotel, which was established in 1875,  is a landmark hotel made of timber and iron, famous for its quirky decorations and walls adorned with visitor’s signatures

Then we will go visit Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park.

An imposing mountain range of granite boulders, some the size of houses. The absence of soil between the boulders and rocks creates an appearance that defy both gravity and logic.

As the sun sets we will enjoy drinks and nibbles at Grassy hill lookout overlooking the coral sea, Endeavour River, Cooktown and the rainforest.

Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Overnight in Cooktown

Today we get up bright and early as we travel back towards Cairns visiting the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Port Douglas.

We will take a river cruise on the Daintree river admiring the amazing birdlife, schools of fish, and hopefully sneaky snakes and salt water crocodiles plus a variety of the mangrove species lining the riverbank.

A stop over in Port Douglas, a relaxed sea-side village, for a look around before making our way to Cairns.

Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Overnight at Queens Court

This is a turning point in our journey, As some of the guests leave us and other join our adventure you have the day to explore Cairns, take in the beautiful coast line and watch the world go by.

Overnight in Central Cairns, Queens Court.

Your waking up in North Queensland, Lets not miss a minute of this. Following breakfast we are off to catch a train.

Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia, discovering the living colours and natural beauty of our heritage listed rainforest that is millions if years old.

This famous railway winds its way on a 2 hour journey from Cairns to Kuranda. Rising from sea level to 328m, the journey to Kuranda travels through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past beautiful and spectacular waterfalls and into the beautiful Barron Gorge.

The journey includes commentary and a map of Kuranda.

Upon reaching the village of Kuranda, with its rich assortment of interesting attractions and unique shopping experiences, stroll around and absorb the vibe.

Your coach will meet you where we will all board for the town of Herberton.

Prepare to be wowed as you step back in time to an era that has been long forgotten.

Herberton is an unusual town which is set on a ridge of the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands. Historically it was a tin town with both a mine and a smelter nearby.

Herberton is located 1,684 km north of Brisbane, 97 km south-west of Cairns via Gordonvale and Yungaburra and 915 metres above sea level.

The town came into existence in 1880 when a party of prospectors led by Willie Jack and John Newell discovered tin in the area. They named the settlement Herberton because it was at the headwaters of the Herbert River.

Here we will visit the Herberton Historic Village. A remarkable collection of over 60 buildings which is reputedly the largest collection of Australiana in Queensland. Its buildings include an old school, a coach and livery stable, a miner’s hut, a slab hut dating from 1870, a bank, a presbytery, a telephone exchange, a pub (which is a composite of a number of buildings) and many more.

Late afternoon take a stroll along the creek and you might be lucky to spot a platypus.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight in the Atherton Tablelands

Today we arise nice and early and head further inland.

Passing through the picturesque country side until we reach Einasleigh where we might be inclined to take a dip after lunch in the Copperfield Gorge which is the remnants of an ancient lava flow.

We continue on west where we will discover an outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge.

Breakfast lunch and dinner

Overnight in Cobbold Gorge Village

Wake to an oasis in the outback far north Queensland.

There’s no better way to grasp the uniqueness of the narrow gorge with its majestic 30-metre sheer walls, from the bottom of the water to the top of the escarpment, than to get up-close-and-personal with it.  A guided tour takes us up the gorge exploring the ancient geological land, farms and our savannah wonderland. You may even spot one of the large population of resident freshwater crocodiles.

For the more adventures travellers, take a stroll up to the glass bridge, spanning a 13-metre gap and a 19-metre drop into cool spring fed water below

An award winning outback experience. How can this be any more perfect!!!!!

Form here further west we go. Passing through Georgetown. Croydon and, what appears to be, endless lands until we reach Normanton.

Take the afternoon to explore, have a beer at the Purple pub and a photo with ‘Kyrs’ a spectacular 8.63m crocodile.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at Normanton

We are nearly there, the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Burke and Wills Camp 119

This is truly historic site being the final camp of the ill fated Melbourne to Gulf exploration. A visit to this remote site evokes the sense of isolation of the Burke and Wills expedition in 1861, which crossed Australia from south to north, and almost back again. This was the northernmost camp, number 119, established on 11 February 1861 near Bynoe Creek.

From here we travel to Mutton Hole wetlands conservation park. The largest continuous estuarine wetland aggregation of its type in Northern Queensland. While enjoying a picnic lunch take in the amazing birdlife and maybe spot a crocodile.

This afternoon we will find ourselves in Karumba, exotic tropical fishing port on the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Karumba is a fishing destination and industrial port on the banks of the Norman River where, each winter, anglers from all over Australia arrive to try their luck in the fish-rich waters of the Gulf. Once it was nothing more than a small, sleepy outback town

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at Kurumba Lodge, located on the banks of the river, perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Buses, trains and now a boat.

The Ferryman River Cruises

Karumba’s number one in River and Gulf Cruises Explore the mangrove lined waterway of the Norman river with the Ferryman. The wildlife adventures include Bird watching, Croc spotting and unforgettable Sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Barramundi Discovery Centre & Hatchery Karumba

This interactive and state of the art Interpretive Centre provides the history, stories, lifecycle and habits of these sought-after fish. Discover the wetlands and mangroves and learn about the incredible birdlife and stunning southern Gulf flora.

Enjoy an evening of sunset drinks and nibbles as the sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight again at Kurumba Lodge, located on the banks of the river.

Today you will take another short break from the coach and venture by rail. We travel an hour SE to Normanton to meet up with the  Gulflander, a legend in the outback.

Originally built to connect the once bustling port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, now the Gulflander is an iconic tourist attraction.

Tthe Gulflander, also known as the ‘Tin Hare’, only carries a small number of passengers. You will experience a friendly atmosphere which adds to the charm.

Enjoy morning tea en route as the on board accredited Savannah Guides keep you entertained with trivia, species identification, amusing stories and colourful characters. There Will be stops along the way, some to deliver the outback mail.

After our historic rail journey we will join the comforts of the airconditioned coach once again and let our minds wonder back 190,000 years ago to the volcanic days of the east coast of Australia at the Undara Lava Caves.

Considered some of the largest and longest lava tubes on the planet, the Undara lava tubes, located in Undara Volcanic National Park in North Queensland, have led to the formation of some spectacular underground caves.

Thought to be formed by immense volcanic activity, during this fiery episode, twenty-three billion cubic litres of lava was estimated to have spewed forth from the Undara Volcano onto the surrounding Atherton Tableland.

Undara offers guests a unique outback adventure. Staying here is not like checking into any other hotel, motel or resort. The accommodation puts you in the heart of the Australian Outback, providing an authentic escape into the bush. There’s a few things you can be assured of, friendly hospitality and an array of native Australian plants and animals right on your doorstep, including but not limited to kangaroos, wallabies and kookaburras.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight at Undara

Awaken your taste buds with our famous Bush Breakfast at the Ringers’ Camp. Freshly brewed billy tea and a delicious selection of hot and cold food. Toast your own bread over the camp fire. Don’t be surprised if we get a visit by a Kookaburra, Currawong or a Magpie.

The Undara experience delivers the essence of the Australia Outback from natural landscapes of rolling savannah plains and ancient lava tubes where we will take the Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour.

An excellent concentrated visit to the lava tubes, plus other interesting environmental, geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Guide throughout the trip to and from the tubes. Visits up to 3-sections of lava tubes. Easy fitness level with boardwalks and steps.

From here we will travel through the Atherton Tablelands, with its Rainforest, spectacular water- falls and peaceful lakes as well as a heritage listed 500-year-old Curtain Fig before arriving back into Cairns.

Meals – Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

Overnight at Queens Court in Cairns

All great adventures must come to an end but the memories will last forever.

After breakfast explore cairns some more before making your way to the airport or train station.

Meals – Breakfast

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Prices and Bookings

Book with Confidence, Guests requesting a cancelation due to Covid will be issued a full refund for any tours booked with Reef N Beyond.

13 Day / 12 Night Tour

$5,680 per person twin share, $850 single supplement

29 meals included

Tour departure dates are

– 3rd April 2022

– 8th May 2022

– 5th June 2022

– 3rd July 2022

– 7th August 2022

– 11th September 2022

Experienced Driver Guide & Airport Transfers

Tour commences and concludes in Cairns

Tour inclusions

See itinerary

Tour exclusions

Not all meals are included. The tour guide/driver will recommend the best places to dine

Itinerary changes

On some occasions it may be necessary to change the itinerary due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate destinations or swapping of days may occur if all other options have been exhausted

On some occasions it may be necessary to change the accommodation place due to availability or other circumstances beyond our control. Alternate accommodation will be booked.

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