Tour ID: 10063831
DAY 1 CAIRNS – CHILLAGOE (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 CHILLAGOE - GEORGETOWN (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 GEORGETOWN - KARUMBA (BLD)
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. Continue on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset. We overnight in Karumba. (Ensuite Bathroom Facilities)
DAY 4 KARUMBA – LAWN HILL (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. (Ensuite Bathroom Facilities)
DAY 5 LAWN HILL (BLD)
A relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise that offers an up close look at the Lawn Hill gorge and a stunning view of the Indarri Falls. 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 highly recommended. Return to Adel’s Grove this afternoon. (Ensuite Bathroom Facilities)
DAY 6 LAWN HILL - NORMANTON (BLD)
A visit to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of paleontology 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 NORMANTON – COBBOLD GORGE (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 COBBOLD GORGE – UNDARA (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. (Ensuite Bathroom Facilities)
DAY 9 UNDARA - CAIRNS (BL)
After breakfast in the Australian bush, an experienced Savannah Guide will meet you for an informative tour of the world’s largest, longest and most accessible lava tube system. We continue on our scenic and leisurely drive over the Tropical Tablelands past the Wind Turbines at Ravenshoe, stopping off at the magnificent Curtain Fig Tree, before making our way back to Cairns, where you will be taken back to selected accommodation.
The operator reserves the right to alter itinerary and accommodation if necessitated.
Legend: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices mentioned are based on a twin share basis, single supplement applies and is available on request.
All fares include meals as per itinerary code: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
All accommodation costs and entrance fees as per itinerary.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary) Accommodation pre and post tour, meals (unless specifically mentioned), fares en route from home cities, personal items such as drinks, newspaper, telephone, laundry, souvenirs, personal and holiday insurance, fuel levy may apply.
9 days and 8 nights.
6:30 AM Wed
Between 5 and 6PM
The tour departs from the following locations:
06:30AM BIG 4, Cairns Coconut Caravan Park
06:40AM First City Caravilla Caravan Park
06:55AM Novotel Oasis Resort
07:00AM Coral Tree Inn
07:05AM Queens Court Hotel
Casual gear is a must. You will need 4 to 5 changes of clothing plus:
• 1 LIGHT JACKET
• WARMER CLOTHES FOR THE COOLER NIGHTS
• 1 PAIR OF BATHERS
• 1 TOWEL (FOR SWIMMING)
• 1 PAIR OF SANDALS
• 1 PAIR OF LIGHT WALKING SHOES (RUNNERS)
• INSECT REPELLANT
• SUN BLOCK
• SMALL PERSONAL WATER BOTTLE
• SMALL DAY PACK
Tours are not suitable for children under 6 years of age.
• Chillagoe Limestone Caves
• “Savannahlander” Train
• Karumba Sunset Cruise
• Burke & Wills Camp # 119
• Lawn Hill National Park
• Riversleigh Fossil Fields
• “Gulflander” Train
• Burketown, Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth, Ravenshoe
• Cobbold Gorge Cruise
• Undara Lava Tube Tour
Heritage Tours and/or its agents are not responsible or liable for loss or damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings whatsoever or for personal injury, accidents, hospitalisation, illness or medical expenses. Most claims arise from personal or close-family illness before holiday departure, resulting in cancellation charges. We strongly recommend all intending passengers consult their travel or insurance agent and take out adequate travel insurance to cover any event and give full travel protection.
Cairns, Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands, Croydon and Chillagoe
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