Gold 'n' Savannah - Uncovering Hidden Treasures of North Queensland

Queensland Savannah covers a huge portion in the north of the state. It is a former frontier tackled by cattle farmers and prospectors. A region jam-packed with natural wonders.

On this 13 Day tour with eXpedition10

  • travel on the Savannahlander,
  • visit Undara Lave Tubes,
  • Cobbold Gorge and 
  • Chillagoe Caves.
  • Fossick for gold in the Palmer River goldfields
  • Relax on a secluded tropical beach
  • eXplore a pristine tropical rainforest and much more.

All of this with a maximum of 10 guests, perfect! Of course it is! This is eXpedition10.

Departing
18/05/2022
Duration
13 Days
Maximum Tour Size
10

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ITINERARY

Day 1 Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Cairns to Paronella Park - Meals D

All aboard!! Travel onboard one of Australia’s most iconic rail journeys from Cairns to Mareeba on the Savannahlander, winding its way through the wet tropics area of the Kuranda range the heart of the Tablelands. Our bus will be waiting to continue your journey to Mena Creek better know for one of Queenslands popular tourist sites, Paronella Park where we have arranged a special night experience tour this evening.
Accommodation Meena Creek

 

Day 2 Thursday, 19 May 2022

Paronella Park to Undara Lava Tubes - Meals BLD

It’s a beautiful drive through the ranges this morning bound for Millaa Millaa Falls – one of the most photographed falls in the Atherton Tablelands. Not too far from Millaa Millaa is Ravenshoe, known as being the highest town in Queensland. It is also the location of a wind farm with windmills towering 45 metres above the lush green mountain pastures. Travelling further inland your journey will reach Undara Lava Tubes where a sunset wildlife tour awaits.
Accommodation Undara Experience
 

Day 3 Friday, 20 May 2022

Undara Lava Tubes to Georgetown - Meals BLD

To say the lava tubes are stunning is really an understatement as you will discover during your tour this morning. The Undara lava tube system, created 190,000 years ago is one of the longest in the world with one tube stretching more than 160klm to the west. Following smoko, depart Undara for Mount Surprise. Mount surprise is one of the Stations used by the Savannahlander on its journey. Take some time to garb a bite to eat and discover Mount Surprise then travel just out the road to Talaroo Hot Springs. Hope you remembered to pack your swimmers as, following a guided discovery tour, you can take a dip in the soothing warm waters produced by these springs.
Accommodation Georgetown
 

Day 4 Saturday, 21 May 2022

Georgetown to Cobbold Gorge - Meals BD

Before departing Georgetown, call in to the very impressive mineral display at the Visitor Centre. This private collection is the most comprehensive in Australia and includes thousands of mineral specimens including fossils and jewellery, collected locally and abroad. Call in to Forsayth, another Savannah Railway stop and enjoy a walkaround this pretty little town. There is also a great little pub in town worth visiting. Formerly known as Finnigan’s Camp, Forsayth became a thriving township after gold was discovered nearby. From Forsayth, sit back and enjoy the scenery along the track to you destination for the next two nights – Cobbold Gorge.
Accommodation Cobbold Gorge
 

Day 5 Sunday, 22 May 2022

Cobbold Gorge - Meals BLD

This part of Outback Queensland is home to a breathtaking natural wonder. Welcome to Cobbold Gorge, in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region. Today will be spent exploring, cruising through the narrow gorge, walking atop its walls on a guided tour and exploring ancient geological landforms. The resort also houses a licensed bistro and bar, laundry facilities and an infinity swimming pool. 
Accommodation Cobbold Gorge
 

Day 6 Monday, 23 May 2022

Cobbold To Chillagoe - Meals BLD

Follow the outback roads across the Savvannah today crossing many creeks, some dry, many with water across the track. Keep an eye open for fresh-water crocodiles basking on the sand banks. Sometime these remote roads can become quite rugged so we have allowed plenty of time to reach tonight’s destination - Chillagoe. Once a thriving mining town, Chillagoe still has the remains of the original old smelters with a lookout which provides a wonderful backdrop for your sunset nibbles and drinks tonight.
Accommodation Chillagoe
 

Day 7 Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Chillagoe Sightseeing - Meals BLD

Looking around town it’s not difficult to notice that Chillagoe was once a thriving mining town and is noted as producing many tonnes of copper, lead, silver and gold. Today, one of Chillagoe’s main attractions is to take tourists underground, not in search of precious metals but into magnificent limestone caves. There are more than 500 caves in this region and you will visit two adorned with beautiful limestone features. There will also be time to take walks – above ground to aboriginal art galleries and a balancing rock.
Accommodation Chillagoe
 

Day 8 Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Chillagoe to Palmerville Station - Meals BLD

From Chillagoe, travel north along the Burke Developmental Road through some vast open cattle stations, some covering many thousands of acres, to the Palmerville turnoff. Two major river systems in this region, the Mitchell and Palmer Rivers, take rainwaters from the eastern side of The Cape spilling into the Gulf of Carpentaria. You will cross both these rivers today while heading into the Palmer Goldfields Region. Call in to say g’day to our friends at Palmerville Station before visiting the old Maytown Gold Fields. Then continue to our destination with the unfortunate name of Cannibal Creek for another two night stay.
Accommodation Palmerville Goldfields
 

Day 9 Thursday, 26 May 2022

Palmerville Gold Prospecting - Meals BLD

There is a modern day gold-rush happening right now in Palmerville. Hundreds of visitors come here armed with metal detectors and gold pans hopeful of unearthing a fortune in gold – and many do! Today is your turn to ‘hit the jackpot’, or at least have the best possible chance of doing so. We have arranged for professional prospectors to take you into the goldfields and show you how to use gold detectors and point you in the best direction to find gold. Good Luck!
Accommodation Palmerville Goldfields
 

Day 10 Friday, 27 May 2022

Palmerville to Elim Beach (Eddies Place) - Meals BLD

With all of your gold securely packed away, wave goodbye to our new found gold-mining buddies and depart, bound for Lakeland where local property owner Peter, will show us around his place. Peter has recently completed a massive dam project which will provide irrigation for some of the banana and fruit growers in the Lakeland region. From Peter’s, head north to Old Laurs and travel along the fringe of Lakefield National Park, through Battlecamp and into Elim Beach where we will set up camp right beside the beach. You may like to go for a wander along the beach and view the coloured sands.
Accommodation Eddies Place eXpedition10 Roomy Tents
 

Day 11 Saturday, 28 May 2022

Eddies Place to Cooktown - Meals B

There’s no real rush to get away this morning so enjoy a relaxed start to the day. We will drive you along the beach to the coloured sands this morning (tides permitting) before heading into Cooktown. Captain James Cook visited Cooktown in 1770 when he beached his ship, the Endeavour for repairs. The local river bears the name of his ship. Hear today the story of how Captain Cooks visit led to his first recorded meaningful contact and reconciliation with Aboriginal people. During this visit call in to Reconciliation Rocks, the James Cook Museum then admire Cooktown’s surrounding views from Grassy Hill Lookout.
Accommodation Cooktown
 

Day 12 Sunday, 29 May 2022

Cooktown To Daintree - Meals BLD

The drive to Wujal Wujal on the Bloomfield River and beyond is an unforgettable experience, full of spectacular views, creek crossings and this will be your route to Daintree today. First stop from Cooktown will be at the lookout at Black Mountain, an imposing mountain range of massive granite boulders. Pause once again at the Lions Den Hotel, a refreshment stop for travellers since 1875. At Wujal Wujal, a local guide will lead you into the majestic falls before we set off through the often steep and windy track to Cape Tribulation. Just prior to arriving at you accommodation, enjoy a relaxing wander along the Kulki Boardwalk, keeping an eye out for Cassowary which are often spotted in this region.
Accommodation Heritage Lodge Daintree Forest
 

Day 13 Monday, 30 May 2022

Daintree to Cairns - Meals BL

Your accommodation is right in the heart of pristine rainforest and it would be disappointing not to spend time exploring here. Well, we have arranged a special guide this morning to take you an a walking tour through the forest. Following the tour, visit Thornton Beach for a bit to eat and some beach time, then board a rainforest wildlife cruise. Sit back and relax now on the drive to Cairns along a road with wonderful coastal views. A very relaxing way to finish your incredible eXpedition. 

Inclusions

  • Spacious 10 seat 4X4 Touring Coach

  • Fully Equipped 4X4 Support Vehicle

  • Accommodation

    • 11 nights Motel/Hotel/Cabins

    • 1 nights in eXpedition10 tents with beds and linen

  • Meals

    • 12 Breakfasts

    • 10 Lunches

    • 11 Dinners

  • All Attractions listed in itinerary (other than those stated optional)

  • MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE - 10

Departing
18/05/2022
Duration
13 Days
Maximum Tour Size
10
Price
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