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. Travelling inland from Cairns via Crater Lakes National Park, we stay 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. Continuing further west, we board the 1950 railmotor, Gulflander (also known as the Tin Hare) for the train ride from Croydon to Normanton. We then relax for two nights in 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. There is the option to go on a fishing charter plus dine on fresh fish in the evening. Travelling to the south west, we stay three nights at Adel’s Grove and explore Boodjamulla National Park / 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. After visiting the Riversleigh World Heritage Site in the southern section of Boodjamulla, we explore the Riversleigh Fossils Centre in Mt Isa. On our two day stop in town, there is the option to take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest underground mines. At the John Flynn museum in Cloncurry, we 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 Townsville where you may like to extend your time with cruises to local islands.