9 Day Gulf Savannah WANDERER accommodated safari
Prices from $3,980 AUD


The Gulf Savannah ... Taste the outback on this comprehensive nine day exploration of the epic Gulf Savannah region of North Queensland. You'll journey through a vast range of landscapes from lush tropical rainforest, vast savannah plains to semi-arid spinifex ranges and experience some of Queensland's most spectacular natural attractions. Discover a rich history of Aboriginal culture, of explorers and pioneers, of goldrushes and railways, of huge cattle runs. Come to the Gulf Savannah to capture the emotion and romance, tragedies and triumphs of Australia's amazing outback.




  • Lawn Hill NP
  • Cobbold Gorge
  • Savannahlander & Gulflander
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • & more

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From 1/04/2018 to 31/03/2020 twin share
9 Day Gulf Savannah Wanderer 9 day accommodated safari - includes accommodation & most meals $3,980.00
PLEASE NOTE: Children age is 7 - 14. This tour is not suitable for children under 7 - child price is twin share.


Highlights Include

Departs from Cairns or Port Douglas

  • June - 14th, 
  • July - 12th, 26th
  • Savannahlander Train
  • Gulflander Train
  • Chillago Caves
  • Gulf Sunset Cruise
  • Karumba
  • Croydon
  • Normanton
  • Burketown
  • Burke & Wills Camp #119
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • Riversleigh Fossil Fields
  • Cobbold Gorge
  • Undara Lava Tubes


Day 1 - (LD)  We start by winding our way up the Kuranda Range to climb on to the Atherton Tableland. We pass dense tropical rainforest and an agricultural landscape to Mareeba and beyond. We travel on to Chillagoe, an historic ore-smelting centre, better known today for its marble mining and limestone caves. We take a tour of the caves, the legacy of 350 million years old marine reef. We overnight in Chillagoe. Share Bathroom Facilities.



Day 2 - (BLD) All aboard the “Savannahlander” train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country. Geology continues to dominate and fascinate as we change from limestone to granite to basalt country and with each geological change, a change in vegetation. Lunch along the way in this vast landscape provides a “fair dinkum” Aussie day. Now we head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown where we stay overnight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.

Day 3 - (B) Morning "smoko" on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore before Normanton for lunch. Here you can absorb its famous landmarks, the "Purple Pub", historic Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Lunch is at your own expense today. Continue on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. Dinner is at your own expense this evening. We overnight in Karumba. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.

Day 4 - (BLD) Back through Normanton this morning and a poignant visit to Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860. Across the vast “Plains of Promise” to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. On to Adel’s Grove, a Savannah Guides Site, where we spend two glorious outback nights in permanent tent safari accommodation. Share Bathroom Facilities.


Day 5 - (BLD) A relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. The gorge is a haven for an abundance of wildlife and a birdwatcher's paradise. Swimming or paddling a canoe (optional) up the gorge is fun and highly recommended. Return to Adel’s Grove tonight. Share Bathroom Facilities.

Day 6 - (BLD) A visit to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna of 20 million years ago. Lunch at Gregory and a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to Normanton. We stay in Normanton tonight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.

Day 7 - (BLD) This morning we depart from Normanton’s famous Victorian architecture Railway Station. All aboard the historic “Gulflander RM93” train, a Savannah Guides Site, for a ride through the savannah landscape across the Norman River to Critters Camp. On to Black Bull Siding then the old gold mining town of Croydon and its Historic Precinct. This afternoon we visit Georgetown and Forsayth on our way to Cobbold Gorge, a Savannah Guides Station, where we stay tonight. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities.


Day 8 - (BLD) This morning we cruise on Cobbold Gorge’s beautiful and secluded waterway surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone, 135 million years old. Travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes, a Savannah Guides Station. There's campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway carriages. Share Bathroom Facilities.

Day 9 - (BL) Breakfast in the Australian bush before enjoying a guided tour of the fascinating 190,000 years old lava tubes, a geological spectacle said to be the largest in the world. Visit Ravenshoe, Queensland’s highest town for lunch (own expense) before Mt Hypipamee (The Crater) National Park and the Atherton Tableland’s unique Curtain Fig Tree. Now we descend to the lush green coastal plain and Cairns to end your adventure in the remarkable Gulf Savannah region.  



What Is Included?

The (BLD) code in itineraries means Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is included.

  • Accommodated Safaris: Meals as coded, twin-share accommodation (sole travellers must pay the Single Supplement), guided tours and entry fees as specified, National Parks and Aboriginal Site fees.
  • Camping Safaris: Meals as coded, twin-share safari tent, self-inflating 100mm thick mattress and fitted bottom sheet, guided tours and entry fees as specified in itinerary, National Parks and Aboriginal Site fees.

What Is Excluded?

Alcohol or soft drinks, tours and activities specified as "optional" in the itinerary, and sleeping bags for camping safari (available for hire $25). On Accommodated Safaris in remote areas most of the comforts and facilities of home are not available ... please do not expect them - this is the outback.

Are There Any Alcohol Restrictions?

During 2003/2004 the Queensland Government and Aboriginal communities developed and implemented Alcohol Management Plans to regulate the carriage of alcohol by all persons in certain areas of Cape York and the Gulf Savannah. We will provide details in our "Facts & Travel Tips" as necessary.


What Do I Wear And Bring?

Casual clothing is a must to be both comfortable and practical and you'll need 4 or 5 changes. It is possible to wash clothes periodically. Bring something warm to wear in the evenings and to sleep in (a tracksuit is ideal) as it can get cold away from the coast. You'll need footwear with ankle support and good grip soles (eg: a good pair of joggers/runners), and a pair of sandals/thongs, swimwear and insect repellent. Personal toiletries should include sufficient supplies of prescription medication. Sun protection is essential so bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. A tee shirt for over your swimwear while swimming is also a good idea. You may also wish to bring a small towel or chamois to dry off after a refreshing creek swim.

Don't forget your binoculars, camera, plenty of film or memory cards and spare batteries. It may be possible to recharge batteries along the way, but carrying spares is the safest option.

A torch and water bottle per person is essential.

You will require a sleeping bag for camping safaris. You can bring your own or you can hire one of ours for $25. Due to hygiene reasons pillows are not provided so you may wish to bring a small pillow (foam or inflatable) for your added comfort on camping safaris. You will need a towel for showering.

Are Your Safaris Suitable For Children?

This company, founded in 1990 expressly to show Australia to young Australians, a vision that materialised and has continued unbroken for 22 years with specialised school programs. However, we also operate safaris which are tailored specifically for adult interests and mature travel-tolerance.

Australia is a vast continent and significant time must be spent travelling on a safari tour. This can be difficult for children who typically have fewer subject interests and shorter attention spans. We have carried many children who have had exciting and enriching experiences with their parents, although there have also been children who have not been comfortable in a safari environment.

We are prescriptive in stating that our tours and safaris are not suitable for children under 7 years. These age restrictions indicate our concern for the comfort of your child but they also consider the comfort and enjoyment of fellow adult passengers. However, most would agree that age is only one consideration, especially for travel over several days.

Our guides will do everything they can to educate and/or entertain their young guests consistent with their responsibilities to other passengers. However, parents must accept the responsibility to support and encourage appropriate involvement. If your child becomes fatigued or bored we can do little to correct that situation.

Only parents know their child’s interests, attention-span, level of endurance, and the degree to which they are likely to be interested in a strange environment without the usual amenities and activities of our modern society.

We are very happy to discuss tour conditions further, but ultimately parents must decide if our tour is suitable for their children.

Please consider carefully.


Is There Any Reading I Can Do Beforehand?

Australian Geographic’s books on 'Cape York’, 'Gulf Savannah' and 'The Kimberley' are all excellent references.

A good bird field guide will add an extra pleasure to your safari, for example Simpson and Day's 'Field Guide To The Birds Of Australia'.

Additional information and recommendations will be provided when you make your booking.

When Is The Best Time To Travel To Cape York?

This is a difficult question to answer. Some travellers are constrained by work, school holidays or special events while others are free to pick and choose.

In very broad terms, early season (May/June) tends to be the most adventurous time coming soon after the end of the wet season while late season (September/October) the weather is more settled, there are fewer people about, it’s definitely getting a bit warmer but the swimming is great.

The most popular time is June, July and August and the reasons are simple. These three months are the coldest in Australia’s southern states and also include mid-year school holidays. I would have to agree they are great reasons to come up north.

So, when is the best time? Well, anytime is the best time if you’ve never been before but "our" best time is September/October. The weather has settled, there are fewer travellers about and it’s springtime. Spring means wildlife is more active and is now concentrated at remaining waterholes and migratory birds have started their annual visit to breed. And, it’s getting warmer which means the swimming is fantastic!

Are There Luggage Limits?

Please limit your luggage to one small soft travel bag (preferably without wheels) and a small daypack (cabin baggage) per person. Definitely no hard bags or suitcases. If you are travelling as a couple, please bring two smaller bags as opposed to one larger one. A maximum weight limit of 10kg per person is permitted due to space/weight limitations and Workplace Health & Safety requirements. Your sleeping bag and pillow are in addition to these limits.

In Cairns any excess luggage can usually be stored at your hotel until you return.

What About Travel and Medical Insurance?

We STRONGLY advise insurance for protection against cancellation, illness or injury and your belongings from loss or damage, and that you allow adequate time (preferably overnight) between a safari’s scheduled end and onward travel. click here for a competitive travel insurance quote 

What are the Cancellation Fees?

Cancellation fees apply and will be charged as follows:

  • More than 60 days prior to travel - loss of $100 administration fee
  • 60-30 days prior to travel - 25% of fare
  • 29-14 days prior to travel - 50% of fare
  • Less than 14 days prior to travel or No Show - 100% of fare



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