Outback North Queensland is a land of rocky red ridges, abundant wetlands, lush gorges, rippling grasslands and friendly country towns. Join this 16 day journey from Cairns to the Gulf of Carpentaria, south to Mt Isa and back to the tropical coast via Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Charters Towers. Staying two nights in Undara’s unique railway carriages, local guides introduce us to the fascinating world of Undara Volcanic National Park as we explore the world’s longest single vent lava flow. We then board the historic Gulflander (“the old tin hare”) for the train ride from Croydon to Normanton. Further north is Karumba, the Gulf of Carpentaria’s major fishing port. A sunset cruise on the Norman River is a chance to spot saltwater crocodiles and migratory birds among the mangroves. Based at Adel’s Grove, we explore Boodjamulla National Park including Lawn Hill Gorge with its palm-fringed waterholes and sheer sandstone walls. Canoe the waterways, swim in rock pools and walk to viewing points and Aboriginal rock art. Visit the laboratory at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre in Mt Isa and take an optional guided tour of one of the world’s largest underground mines. At the John Flynn museum in Cloncurry, experience the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In the small town of Richmond, we search for dinosaur fossils at the renowned Richmond Marine Fossil Museum, also known as Kronosaurus Korner. Your tour ends in the capital of north Queensland, Townsville.
- Enjoy two nights at eco-accredited Undara Experience & a guided lava tube tour in Undara Volcanic National Park
- Relax on the slow train journey of the historic Gulflander from Croydon to Normanton
- Sunset river cruise, crocodile & bird watching plus local seafood dinners
- Explore Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria
- Spend two full days of walking, swimming & canoe excursions in Boodjamulla National Park (Lawn Hill)
- Journey to the country towns of Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton, Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Richmond & Charters Towers
- Fossick at World Heritage listed Riversleigh fossil site
22 July–06 August 2018 (15 nights)
Twin share/person (ex Cairns, ends Townsville)
Advanced Early Bird: A$5,750 until 24/11/2017
Early Bird: A$5,950 until 23/03/2018
Single Supplement: A$890
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.
Minimum Group Size: 8 guests
Birding, Wildlife, History
Easy to Moderate: 2–10km per walking day. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.
This tour is closed for online bookings.
Please contact us if you are interested in this tour.