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.