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9 Day Gulflander Expedition - Small Group Tour

Explore the road less travelled!

Explore spectacular Gulf Country! Discover Chillagoe’s limestone caves, take the Savannahlander train into cattle country, see historic Normanton, enjoy a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset cruise and explore Burke & Wills’ infamous Camp #119. Then relax in Lawn Hill National Park and marvel at the Undara lava tubes.

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$3,950PP
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DURATION
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8 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Highlights

  • Explore Chillagoe Limestone Caves
  • Journey on Savannahlander & Gulflander trains
  • Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Visit Burke & Wills’ Camp
  • Discover Lawn Hill National Park
  • Cruise on Cobbold Gorge
  • Explore the Undara Lava Tubes
  • Inclusions

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    •  Accommodation
    •  Experienced Tour Leader
    •  Travel by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
    •  Small group experience with maximum 24 guests
    •  Cruise on the Gulf of Carpentaria
    • 8 Breakfasts
    • 9 Lunches
    • 8 Dinners

    Accommodation

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    Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

    • Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge
    • Latara Motel
    • Karumba Lodge
    • Adels Grove
    • Gulfland Hotel
    • Cobbold Gorge Cabins
    • Undara Lava Lodge

    Travel dates

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    Please note that below prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

    From $3,950 pp twin share / From $4,760 sole use
    Want to avoid the single supplement? You can also choose to share with another solo traveller of the same gender and pay twin share prices.

    Need flights or accommodation before or after your tour? Call our travel team ion freecall 1300 414 198 for prices.

    Departures:
    • 27 May 2020
    • 03 Jun 2020
    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 17 Jun 2020
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 01 Jul 2020
    • 08 Jul 2020
    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 22 Jul 2020
    • 29 Jul 2020
    • 05 Aug 2020
    • 12 Aug 2020
    • 19 Aug 2020
    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 09 Sep 2020
    • 16 Sep 2020
    • 30 Sep 2020

    Itinerary

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    Day 1 Cairns – Chillagoe
    As this holiday departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. Start your holiday by climbing to the Atherton Tablelands. Travel on to Chillagoe, known for its marble mining and limestone caves.
    Hotel: Chillagoe Observatory & Eco Lodge, or Chillagoe Guest House (both shared facilities)
    Included Meals: Lunch and dinner

    Day 2 Chillagoe – Georgetown
    Board the Savannahlander train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country. Watch the landscape change from limestone to granite to basalt country, as you head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown.
    Hotel: Latara Motel, Georgetown
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 3 Georgetown – Karumba
    Enjoy a morning ‘smoko’ on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore. In historic Normanton see landmarks like the ‘Purple Pub’, Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue to Karumba for a Gulf sunset cruise.
    Hotel: Karumba Lodge
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 4 Karumba – Adel’s Grove
    Travel back through Normanton this morning and visit Burke & Wills Camp #119. Cross the vast ‘Plains of Promise’ to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. Then it’s on to Adel’s Grove.
    Hotel: Adels Grove, Ensuite Room, 2 nights
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 5 Lawn Hill National Park
    Spend a relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, an oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise of Lawn Hill Gorge, a haven for bird and wildlife
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 6 Adel’s Grove – Normanton
    Visit Riversleigh Fossil Fields, recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna. Enjoy lunch at Gregory, then call in at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse, before travelling on to Normanton.
    Hotel: Gulfland Hotel
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 7 Normanton – Cobbold Gorge
    Take the Gulflander RM93 train across the savannah and Norman River to Critters Camp. Visit Georgetown and Forsayth en route to Cobbold Gorge.
    Hotel: Cobbold Gorge Cabins
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 8 Cobbold Gorge – Undara
    Cruise Cobbold Gorge through Hampstead sandstone cliffs. Visit the famous Undara Lava Tubes. There’s campfire entertainment after dinner, then retire to faithfully restored antique rail carriages.
    Hotel: Undara Lava Lodge
    Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 9 Undara – Cairns
    Breakfast in the bush, then take a tour of the 190,000 year old lava tubes, a geological spectacle. Visit Ravenshoe and the Atherton Tableland’s Curtain Fig Tree. Descend to Cairns where your adventure comes to an end.
    Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

    Questions

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    Fitness Requirements
    •  Moderate level of fitness as walks to locations may be on uneven ground
    Flight Information
    •  Day Prior – flights to arrive anytime into Cairns Airport
    •  Day 9 – We recommend guests to fly out the day after the tour returns to Cairns
    What to Bring
    • Luggage restriction: 1 small soft travel bag per person (maximum size: 30 x 30 x 70cm, preferably without wheels, cannot exceed 10kg)
    • Cabin baggage: 1 small daypack per person
    • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals 
    • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
    • Water bottle
    • Warm layers in cooler months
    • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
    • Torch
    • Binoculars
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    Fine print

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    Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.