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 45 years+
  • Duration:
    12 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD7119 twinshare
  • 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

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 11 lunches
  • 11 dinners 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

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

TRAVEL

  • Travel by luxury 4WD coach from Longreach to Cairns
  • Arrival transfer from Longreach Airport or Railway Station 

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

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Trip Code: gulf22-9-23

Itinerary

  • Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Drover's Sunset Cruise including Smithy's Outback Dinner & Show
  • Crocodile Dundee's Walkabout Creek Hotel
  • Cloncurry Unearthed & John Flynn Place Museum - Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Guided Interpretive Tour of Boodjamulla National Park
  • Lawn Hill Gorge Cruise
  • Burketown touring
  • Leichhardt Falls
  • Norman ton's Purple Pub
  • Barramundi Discovery Centre
  • Gulflander and Savannah lander Scenic Rail
  • Cobbold Gorge Tour and Cruise
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Woodleigh Station Lunch
  • Malanda Falls
  • Lake Barrine Cruise

Note: itinerary 5-9 October is in reverse

Day 1: Wednesday
Longreach

Arrive in Longreach, the heartland of Queensland’s Outback. You will be met by your Savannah Guides Operator driver and host at either Longreach Railway Station or Longreach Airport and transferred to your central accommodation for the next two nights.   Meet fellow travellers at our Welcome Supper and hear about the adventures ahead with a comprehensive tour briefing by your driver and host.  

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Thursday
Longreach

Explore Longreach on an introductory town tour of  then wander the fascinating themed galleries of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to discover inspiring stories of our pioneering heroes. Enjoy some free time in downtown Longreach for a spot of outback retail therapy followed by lunch. 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. Late afternoon, 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 3: Friday
Cloncurry

We follow the Matilda Way via Winton to Kynuna and the Blue Heeler Hotel for a slice of Australian folklore.  It was here that Banjo Paterson brokered a truce with the shearers who had burnt down the Dagworth woolshed and 143 jumbucks.  Rather than shoot each other, they sang Waltzing Matilda and both ‘swagman’ and ‘squatters’ sank their last drinks at the bar.  Next stop will be the Walkabout Creek Hotel made famous in the movie blockbuster Crocodile Dundee.  Late afternoon in Cloncurry we discover the great Australian story of our Royal Flying Doctor Service at John Flynn Place; one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Saturday
Adels Grove

Journey around 180km north of Cloncurry on a sealed road to the Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to the beautiful Gregory River for a relaxed picnic lunch. The river is spring fed and the water is crystal clear.  We’ll then travel a largely unsealed section of road around 90km to Adels Grove, an oasis in the outback and just 10km from the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park. The park features breathtaking gorge country, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils. On arrival at Adels Grove, your accommodation for the next two nights, enjoy some free time to explore your surrounds before dinner. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Sunday
Adels Grove

After breakfast, you’ll board a solar powered pontoon boat for an hour long guided cruise along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek and the breathtaking Lawn Hill Gorge.  Have your camera ready to capture the gorge’s vivid orange sandstone cliffs towering above emerald green waters. Join a guided interpretive tour on one of the many walks the Park has to offer featuring natural and cultural sites. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure in this stunning location.  Tonight we’ll watch the beautiful sunset from Harry’s Hill.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6: Monday
Karumba

Leaving Adels Grove today we’ll head east on the Gregory-Lawn Hill Road then travel north to Burketown along State Route 84. Enjoy a short break in Burketown for morning tea and local stories then relax with a picnic lunch at Leichhardt Falls.  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: Tuesday  
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 cruise the Gulf of Carpentaria to toast the sunset and feast on fresh seafood as spectacular twilight hues colour the skies.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8: Wednesday
Cobbold Gorge

Travel to Normanton for a nostalgic rail journey on the famous Gulflander, affectionately called the ‘Tin Hare’. Visit the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown. See the impressive mineral collection display at the TerrEstrial Centre. Arrive at the hidden outback oasis Cobbold Gorge in time for sunset drinks overlooking the stunning infinity pool!  


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Thursday
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 10: Friday
Mount Surprise

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Enjoy a light lunch at the Einasleigh pub with its quirky miniature furniture collection and see the impressive rock formations of Copperfield Gorge. We take a scenic drive to Mount Surprise before heading on to the Undara Experience. This afternoon we join a guided tour of the incredible Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater. Enjoy learning about the geological and historical features pointed out and explained by your Savannah Tour Guide. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Saturday
Cairns


Travel through contrasting landscapes and Forty Mile Scrub National Park to Woodleigh Station. Take a tour through the original homestead built in 1876 and learn how hard life was for Queensland’s early settlers. See the cattle yards and hear the story of the cattle’s journey from paddock to plate. Relax with morning tea in view of their giant 100-year-old bougainvillea and take a stroll around their expansive gardens.  Travel the Kennedy Highway to the lush Atherton Tablelands and Dimbulah. We’ll pass through Ravenshoe, the highest town in Queensland at 920m above sea level and the bustling township of Atherton. Next we board the Savannahlander in Dimbulah for a unique outback rail experience on this classic 1960s ‘silver-bullet’ railmotor. Enjoy Happy Hour and spectacular views on the descent into Cairns.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Sunday
Cairns

Your tour concludes after breakfast.  Own transfers to your homeward bound connections.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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
This tour is operated by Outback Aussie Tours. Book with Encounter Travel for your Solo Traveller Saving.  

 

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Longreach

Longreach Motor In

2

Cloncurry

Gidgee Inn

1

Adels Grove

Adels Grove

2

Karuma

End of the Road Motel

2

Cobbold Gorge

Cobbold Gorge Resort

2

Mount Surprise

Undara Experience

2

Cairns

Rydges Esplanade

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: Longreach, QLD          
Ends: Cairns, 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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