Day 1 Cairns to Chillagoe
Wind your way up the Kuranda Range to Mareeba and beyond.
Journey to Chillagoe, where you will tour its limestone caves, described as a mystical underground world of rare limestone caves and Aboriginal art.
Chillagoe is a stunning mix of outback landscape, mining heritage, aboriginal art sites and fantastic limestone caves, complete with dusty stockman, roaming cattle, isolated railway sidings, shaded pub verandahs and relics of a bygone mining era.
Overnight: Chillagoe Eco Lodge
Day 2 Chillagoe to Georgetown
Board the Savannahlander train as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country.
Lunch along the way in this vast landscape provides a fair dinkum Aussie day.
Head west across the Newcastle Range to Georgetown. Georgetown is the centre of the Etheridge gold field and of amateur gold prospecting. The surrounding area is covered with rolling hills and wooded savannah grasslands.
Overnight: Latara Motel
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Day 3 Georgetown to Karumba
Relax on the shore of Croydons Lake Belmore before heading to Normanton. Here you can absorb its famous landmarks, including the Purple Pub and historic Burns Philp General Store.
Continue on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Take a leisurely cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset.Overnight: Karumba Lodge Hotel
Day 4 Karumba to Adels Grove
Visit Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860.
Cross the Plains of Promise to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown and learn of the fascinating history of the region.
Travel to Adels Grove where you will spend the night in the glorious outback. The property now known as Adels Grove, was originally gazetted in 1904 as a Miners Homestead Lease.
In 1920 Albert de Lestang took up the property as an experimental Botanical Garden, by 1939 Albert had planted over 1000 species of exotic and native plants, shrubs and trees, and supplied the Botanical Gardens of the world with the seeds produced.Overnight: Tented Cabins with Linen provided, Adels Grove
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Day 5 Lawn Hill National Park
Relax in Lawn Hill National Park; the gorge is a haven for wildlife and is a bird- watchers paradise. Take a swim or paddle a canoe up the gorge. Attractive purple-crowned fairy-wrens may be seen along the creek edge.
Also known as Boodjamulla National Park features spectacular gorge country, sandstone ranges and significant fossils.
Enjoy one of the many walks that vary in length, difficulty and landscape. Cross the bridge and walk to the Wild Dog Dreaming Aboriginal art shelters.
Overnight: Tented Cabins with Linen provided, Adels Grove
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Day 6 Adels Grove to Normanton
Visit Riversleigh Fossil Fields; the fossil deposits are among the richest and most extensive in the world, with some fossils dating back 15 to 25 million years.
The Riversleigh Fossil Fields were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone.
Travel to Normanton to see its famous landmarks, including the Purple Pub, historic Burns Philp General Store and its famous Victorian architecture Railway Station.
Overnight: Gulfland Motel
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Day 7 Normanton to Cobbold Gorge
Board the historic Gulflander RM93 train, for a ride through the savannah landscape to Critters Camp.
Travel to Black Bull Siding to visit the gold mining town of Croydon and its Historic Precinct before arriving in Cobbold Gorge, a Savannah Guides Station, via Georgetown and Forsayth.
Overnight: Cobbold Gorge
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Day 8 Cobbold Gorge to Undara Lava Tubes
Cruise on Cobbold Gorges beautiful and secluded waterway surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone, 135 million years old.
Then travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes, a Savannah Guides Station.
Enjoy campfire entertainment before retiring in restored antique railway carriages.
Overnight: Undara Lava Lodge
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Day 9 Undara Lava Tubes to Cairns
Enjoy breakfast in the Australian bush.
Tour the fascinating 190,000 year old Lava Tubes and visit Ravenshoe for lunch before Mt. Hypipamee National Park and the Curtain Fig Tree.
Descend to the lush coastal plain and return to Cairns.