OVERVIEW

Solos Mix

Visit spectacular Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill National Park), experience the Gulflander and Savannahlander scenic rail journeys, discover Cobbold Gorge and much more.

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 50 years+
  • Duration:
    13 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD9669 own room
  • Transport:
    Train, Boat, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    28
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 12 lunches
  • 12 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Savannah Guides Operator driver & host
  • All entries as per the itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Longreach to Cairns
  • Spirit of the Outback Emerald to Rockhampton
  • Tilt Train, Rockhampton-Brisbane

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Departure Dates for this tour

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TOUR Package per person

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$9669

Pre Night: Cairns with breakfast @ Rydges Esplanade

$TBA

$183

Post Night: 

$TBA

$TBA


Trip Code: gulf22-10

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

 

  • Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Savannahlander Iconic Rail
  • Lake Barrine Morning Tea
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Talaroo Hot Springs
  • Cobbold Gorge Tour
  • True Blue Visitor Information Centre Entry
  • Gulflander Scenic Rail
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre
  • Seafood Sunset Dinner
  • Kronosaurus Korner Twilight Visit
  • Cassimatis Store Tour
  • Qantas Founders Museum Entry
  • Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame Entry
  • Drover’s Sunset Cruise including Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show
  • Spirit of the Outback Rail Journey
  • Bobby Dazzler Mine Tour
  • Lake Maraboon Tour
  • Blackwater International Coal Centre Entry
  • Tilt Train Rail Journey

Day 1: Friday – Cairns 

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Dinner at our tour hotel. Meet fellow travellers and hear all about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour orientation by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host. **Please check-in after 2.00pm. Overnight Rydges Esplanade, Cairns

Meals: dinner

Day 2: Saturday – Mareeba

This morning you will experience one of Australia’s most unique rail journeys, the Kuranda Scenic Railway.  We’ll board in Cairns and travel through world heritage-listed rainforest to Kuranda in the Atherton Tablelands. This bucket-list rail tour winds its way through 15 tunnels and over 37 bridges and promises spectacular scenery. We’ll then drive to Dimbulah where we join the Savannahlander, a classic 1970s ‘Silver Bullet’ railmotor. It’s a wonderfully, relaxing way to explore the beautiful Atherton Tablelands region. Disembarking in Koah, we’ll drive to Mareeba.  Overnight Cape Gateway Motel, Mareeba

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 3: Sunday – Mount Surprise 

The icing on the cake for our Atherton Tablelands touring will be a visit to Lake Barrine, a natural lake nestled in World Heritage rainforest. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest ecosystems in the world as you enjoy morning tea. Next we’ll continue on to Woodleigh Station for a tour of the original homestead built in 1876. Take a stroll around their expansive gardens and enjoy lunch with a view to their giant 100 year-old bougainvillea. Then it’s westward we go along the Savannah Way where adventure and incredible landscapes await at the Undara Experience.  2 nights Undara Experience, Mount Surprise 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 4: Monday – Mount Surprise 

This morning, we get to explore the breathtaking  Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater. These tubes were created when the Undara Volcano erupted over 190,000 years ago, pouring out enough lava to fill Sydney Harbour three times over.  Join a highly skilled Savannah Guide for amazing insights into the tubes’ environmental, geological and historical features.  You’ll have time to relax this afternoon in your unique accommodation at Undara Experience. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Tuesday – Forsayth/Georgetown 

More amazing geological discoveries await today when we visit the Talaroo Hot Springs in time for a tour and morning tea.  Formed over millions of years, Talaroo Hot Springs are unique in Australia. With water discharging at a scorching 62°C and flowing into pools and terraces across the mound, the springs are home to an extraordinary ecosystem with aquatic animals and plants found nowhere else on earth.  Next we will travel to the hidden outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge.  Enjoy a tour of the magnificent sandstone gorge on this privately owned cattle station. The gorge is stocked with a variety of native fish and freshwater crocodiles. On a guided cruise, you’ll glide silently between towering cliffs in a specially designed, battery powered punt. Join an optional walk to the top of the escarpment for awesome views of the gorge below from the glass bridge!  

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 6: Wednesday – Karumba

Our adventure along the Savannah Way today will take us to Croydon, a town born out of gold discoveries in 1885.  Meet the passionate locals at the True Blue Visitor Information Centre for some town stories. Then it’s west to Normanton for a nostalgic Gulflander rail journey. Affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’, the Gulflander was built to connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon.  In Normanton, take a selfie with Krys the life-size statue of the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught. See the Purple Pub and Queensland’s earliest surviving and heritage-listed Burns Philp store.  Arrive in Karumba in time to capture your first memorable Gulf sunset.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 7: Thursday – Karumba 

Discover the amazing secrets of the mighty barramundi at The Barramundi Discovery Centre, the only hatchery in the world to breed the Southern Gulf strain of this iconic fish.  Your tour of this state of the art Interpretive Centre includes the opportunity to feed a Barramundi.  Enjoy free time after lunch to explore the town or to simply relax and take in this beautiful location.  Late afternoon, we’ll toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 8: Friday – Richmond 

We travel south along the Matilda Way to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse, so named after the route taken by the ill-fated explorers.  After Smoko, we head down State Route 84 to Julia Creek, then follow the Overlanders Way to Richmond.  Once part of Australia’s vast Inland Sea, Richmond is best known for its marine fossil discoveries.  Enjoy twilight drinks and nibbles at the Kronosaurus Korner, Australia’s premier marine fossil museum.  You’ll see the remains of ancient marine reptiles, fishes, ammonites and squids that once dominated Australia’s ancient inland sea. These fossils date back some 100-115 million years! Dinner tonight at your accommodation. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 9: Saturday – Longreach 

We continue along the Overlanders Way to Hughenden before turning south onto State Route 19 to Muttaburra, home of the Muttaburrasaurus Langdoni dinosaur.  Take a trip down memory lane with a visit to the restored Cassimatis General Store. This exceptional collection provides a fascinating insight into outback life during the early 1900s.  Arrive in Longreach late afternoon with time to check-in and refresh. Tonight  unwind on the Drover’s Sunset Cruise with tasty onboard nibbles, then take your seat at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. Relax under the stars savouring a table service two-course camp oven themed dinner, as our talented outback entertainer performs live on the river stage.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Sunday – Longreach

This morning, we will explore the themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.  The newly revamped displays create an engaging and immersive experience for contemporary audiences by using digital technologies to help tell the epic stories of our outback heroes. Enjoy some free time back at your accommodation to relax. Visit the world-class Qantas Founders Museum, eloquently telling the story of the founding of Qantas. View interpretive displays, interactive exhibits, original and replica aircraft, and an impressive collection of genuine artefacts. Dinner tonight will be at Harry’s Restaurant. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 11: Monday – Emerald

This morning, we are in for a treat.  We get to enjoy the best section of the Spirit of the Outback in daylight hours.  Settle in to your comfortable, reclining seat and enjoy the spectacular scenery on the full day rail adventure to Emerald.  You’ll pass through Barcaldine, Jericho and Alpha as well as the gem field town of Anakie.  Arrive relaxed and recharged in Emerald  in time for dinner at your accommodation. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 12: Tuesday – Rockhampton 

Today we will take a short drive to Rubyvale for an underground tour of the famous Bobby Dazzler Sapphire mine.  Learn the techniques used by pioneering gem miners to extract prize Sapphires buried in hard rock.  Next, we’ll visit Lake Maraboon, Queensland’s second largest lake and a popular freshwater fishing destination. Continuing our drive east to Rockhampton, we’ll call in to the Blackwater International Coal Centre for an insight into this billion dollar industry and to see oversized machinery navigating massive open cut pits.  Tonight in Rockhampton, we’ll celebrate our incredible journey with a farewell dinner in Rockhampton’s newest hotel (also our accommodation). 

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Day 13: Wednesday – Brisbane 

And so, we reach the last sector of our journey and the last of our iconic rail tours.  After breakfast, you’ll board the Tilt Train, the most modern passenger train in Australia. This is the fastest narrow gauge train in the world, a world class standard of travel.  As your journey east, enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Southern Queensland before arriving in Brisbane mid afternoon. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

 

Solos Mix
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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Cairns

Rydges Esplanade

1

Mareeba

Cape Gateway Motel

1

Mount Surprise

Undara Experience

2

Forsayth/Georgetown

Finnigan’s Rest or Latara Motel

1

Karuma

End of the Road Motel or Ash’s Holiday Units

2

Richmon

Ammonite Inn

1

Longreach

Longreach Motor In

2

Emerald

Emeral Maraboon Motel

1

Rockhampton

Korte’s Resort

1


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts: Cairns, QLD        
Ends: Brisbane, QLD 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Early check in or late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

ABOUT AIRFARES
On request we provide airfare advice, quotes and reservation services. A small fee applies.   If joining the tour from outside Australia it is usually most economical if you make your own flight arrangements or use the service of a travel agent located within your country of residence.

 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 

You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 28 travellers. This tour is offered to couples, friends and solo travellers; it is not a tour exclusively for solo travellers.

 

 

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TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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