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QUEENLAND OUTBACK RAIL TOUR
Queensland Outback Rail Tour

Price

From$7650pp share twin

Duration

13 Days

Departure

19 May 2019
Highlights $7650 pp share twin $993.00 Single Supplement PHONE 9335 4322 Web: www.cruiseandtravelcentre.com.au Brochure and Bookings. Be Quick! Ride these iconic trains “Spirit of Queensland” “Savannahlander” “Gulflander” 13 Days ● Chillagoe Limestone Caves ● “Savannahlander” Train ● Karumba Sunset Cruise ● Burke & Wills Camp # 119 ● Lawn Hill National Park ● Riversleigh Fossil Fields ● “Gulflander” Train ● Burketown, Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth, Ravenshoe ● Cobbold Gorge Cruise ● Undara Lava Tube Tour

Nothing quite stirs the imagination like setting off to explore the Australian outback aboard the legendary Spirit  of Queensland. The 1,681 kilometer journey chuggs along Queensland's stunning coastline  from Brisbane to Cairns and offers a unique rail experience . As you pass  gorgeous scenery during the day you will be able to enjoy many other features on-board including all meals, on demand movies, music and audio books. At night enjoy the latest in long distance rail travel in your RailBed, a spacious and comfortable seat by day that converts to a lie-flat bed at night with a thick mattress topper and comfortable linen.

The 24 hour trek is a photographer's dream of vast horizons, while the towns are quintessentially Australian and this is just the beginning  of our one-off fully escorted 13 day Queensland Outback Rail Tour departing in May 2019.

In addition to the Spirit of Queensland you will enjoy a fascinating rail journey aboard the Savannahlander as it tracks the Ootann Road into Brahman cattle country.  Enjoy the geology that dominates and fascinates and it changes from limestone to granite to basal and with every geological change, a change in vegetation.

The historic Gulflander RM93 train​ offers a rail journey unlike any other. Originally built connect the once bustling river port of Normanton with the rich gold fields of Croydon, today the Gulflander is a tourism icon. One of the last great characters of the rail world the Gulflander travels through countryside that most people never see. This nostalgic rail journey is the perfect way to discover an area steeped in pioneering history and heritage​

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HIGHLIGHTS:

· Chillagoe Limestone Caves
· “Savannahlander” Train
· Karumba Sunset Cruise
· Burke & Wills Camp # 119
· Lawn Hill National Park
· Riversleigh Fossil Fields
· “Gulflander” Train
· Burketown, Normanton, Georgetown, Forsayth, Ravenshoe
· Cobbold Gorge Cruise
· Undara Lava Tube tour

INCLUSIONS

Economy class flights Perth to Brisbane and Cairns to Perth
11 nights Accommodation throughout
Breakfast daily and other meals as specified on the itinerary
Comfortable seating aboard our included train sectors
A rail bed on The Spirit of Queensland rail sector
A Tour manager from Perth will accompany this tour.
Exclusive document wallet and baggage tags

Day 1/ 19 MAY - Sunday,– Perth to Brisbane   ( D )


Depart Perth on Qantas Airways bound for Brisbane, on arrival transfer to your overnight accommodation and join the group for a  welcome dinner.
Overnight Brisbane Mercure Hotel

Day 2/ 20 May - Monday,– Brisbane to Cairns  (B.D)

Today we begin our rail adventure to Cairns on the Spirit of Queensland.

Travel in comfort along Queensland's stunning coastline onboard the Spirit of Queensland. This is a great rail experience and a fantastic option to access some of Queensland`s most popular destinations including the Whitsundays, Townsville and Cairns and a number of regional centres filled with character.

The Spirit of Queensland is a Queensland Rail long distance passenger rail service. It is operated by a diesel powered Tilt Train that runs five times a week on the North Coast line between Brisbane and Cairns, a distance of 1,681 kilometres.
Brisbane - Spirit of Queensland
Departs Brisbane, Monday at 15:45pm
Arrives into Cairns, Tuesday at 16:05pm

With Spirit of Queensland's modern state of the art features, you will enjoy travelling in your spacious seat by day and lie flat bed (RailBed) by night with all linen provided including sheets, duvet and pillow for your comfort.
Overnight: The Spirit of Queensland  

Day 3/ 21 May - Tuesday,– Cairns  (B,L)
On arrival into Cairns Railway Station, transfer via private coach to your hotel
Cairns – Coral Tree Inn
Inclusions: Full Breakfast Daily  B,L

Day 4/ 22 MAY - Wednesday,   – Cairns to Chillagoe (B,L,D)
Start today by winding your way up the Kuranda Range to climb on to the Atherton Tableland. Pass dense tropical rainforest and an agricultural landscape to Mareeba and beyond. We travel on to Chillagoe, an historic ore-smelting centre, better known today for its marble mining and limestone caves. We take a tour of the caves, the legacy of 350 million years old marine reef.
Overnight in Chillagoe. Share Bathroom Facilities. B,L,D

Day 5/ 24 MAY - Friday, – Grogetown to Karumba  (B,L,D)
Morning "smoko" on the shore of Croydon’s Lake Belmore before Normanton for lunch. Here you can absorb its famous landmarks, the "Purple Pub", historic Burns Philp General Store and a replica of Krys, the 8.63m crocodile. Continue on to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria for a cruise to enjoy a spectacular Gulf sunset.
Overnight in Karumba. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. B,L,D

Day 6/ 25 MAY - Saturday,   – Karumba to Lawn Hill (B,L,D)
Back through Normanton this morning and a poignant visit to Burke & Wills Camp #119, the most northerly campsite of the ill-fated expedition of 1860. Across the vast “Plains of Promise” to Leichhardt Falls and Burketown. On to Adel’s Grove, a Savannah Guides Site, where we spend two glorious outback nights.
Overnight Lawn Hill. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. B,L.D

Day 7/ 26 MAY - Sunday,  – Lawn Hill (B,L,D)
A relaxed day enjoying Lawn Hill National Park, a spectacular oasis set amid the spinifex clad Constance Range. Enjoy a cruise that offers an up-close look at the Lawn Hill gorge and a stunning view of the Indarri Falls. The gorge is a haven for an abundance of wildlife and a birdwatcher's paradise. Swimming or paddling a canoe (optional) up the gorge is highly recommended. Return to Adel’s Grove this afternoon.
Overnight Lawn Hill. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. B.L,D

Day 8/ 27 MAY - Monday, – Lawn Hill to Normanton (B,L,D) 
A visit to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna of 20 million years ago. Lunch at Gregory and a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to Normanton.
Overnight Normanton. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. B,L.D

Day 9/ 28 MAY - Tuesday,   – Normanton to Cobbold Gorge (B,L,D)
A visit to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, a rare treasure house of palaeontology recording the history of Australia’s mega-fauna of 20 million years ago. Lunch at Gregory and a short break at remote Burke & Wills Roadhouse before travelling on to Normanton.
Overnight Normanton. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. B,L.D

Day 10/ 29 MAY - Wednesday,   – Cobbold Gorge to Undarra (B,L,D)
This morning we cruise on Cobbold Gorge’s beautiful and secluded waterway surrounded by spectacular carved Hampstead sandstone, 135 million years old. Travel on to the famous Undara Lava Tubes, a Savannah Guides Station. There's campfire entertainment after dinner before retiring to your accommodation in faithfully restored antique railway carriages.
Overnight Undarra. Ensuite Bathroom Facilities. B,L.D

Day 11/ 30 MAY - Thursday,    – Undarra to Cairns (B,L)

After breakfast in the Australian bush, an experienced Savannah Guide will meet you for an informative tour of the world’s largest, longest and most accessible lava tube system. We continue on our scenic and leisurely drive over the Tropical Tablelands past the Wind Turbines at Ravenshoe, stopping off at the magnificent Curtain Fig Tree, before making our way back to Cairns, where you will be taken back to selected accommodation.
Cairns – Coral Tree Inn
Inclusions: Full Breakfast Daily
Overnight: Coral Tree Inn B.L

Day 12/ 30 MAY -  Friday,  – Farwell Cairns (B)
Following a late breakfast check out of your hotel and enjoy a day at leisure in Cairns before  transferring  to Cairns airport for your late flight back to Perth.  B





 






SUPPLIER TERMS & CONDITIONS – THESE TERMS ARE IN IN ADDITION TO THE TERMS OUTLINED BELOW FOR GROUP BOOKINGS

Deposit:
A non-refundable deposit of $1500.00 per person is required at the time  of booking.

Final Payment:
Space is limited and sold on first come basis. Final payment is required by 01 February 2019.

Booking Form:
A passenger booking form needs to be completed with the booking.

Itinerary:
Please note itinerary and accommodation are subject to change

Solo Travellers:
 All solo travellers must pay sole use rates, there is no option to share with a stranger.

Luggage:
Luggage space is very limited on the safari sector. Please limit this to one small soft travel bag (typically 300mm x 300mm x 700mm) and a small daypack (cabin baggage).  A maximum weight limit of 10kg is permitted due to limitations and Workplace Health & Safety requirements.

Cancellation Policy:
$1500.00 per person cancellation fee will be charged for bookings cancelled.
No refund after 01 February 2019  or in the event of a no-show

Travel Insurance
It is most unwise to travel without comprehensive travel insurance against cancellation fees, sickness, accident, loss of luggage etc.

Important Note:
Upon check-in many hotels require a security bond in the form of a credit card imprint. Please ensure that you are aware of this requirement and are prepared .

 Some hotels do not have 24 hour reception and check-in. In order to avoid any inconvenience, we recommend that you prepare for this.



 


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