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Savannahlander - Day Tours

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Address: 399 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4053 6848

The Savannahlander is a unique train journey that starts from Cairns,...

The Savannahlander is a unique train journey that starts from Cairns, Australia. Using the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway it winds through he rainforest to the village of Kuranda and beyond. For the day tripper Mareeba is the best destination - with a bus connection back to Cairns via Kuranda. For those wanting a train trip through the Australian outback the train continues on to the end of the line at Forsayth. There are side visits to the Chillagoe caves, Cobbold Gorge and the Undara Lava Tubes available.

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Savannahlander. One of the world's great train journeys.

We have just returned after a trip to far North Queensland which included the amazing experience of the four day, three night Savannahlander train journey. From the 6.30 am... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just returned after a trip to far North Queensland which included the amazing experience of the four day, three night Savannahlander train journey. From the 6.30 am departure from Cairns Station, up through the rain forest route to Kuranda and on eventually 425 km inland via the Queensland savannah to Forsayth and back to Cairns this was an... More 

Thank 49richie
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We picked up the train in Mount Surprise and rode to Einasleigh to explore Copperfield Gorge. The train is a four day tour but the one we took was from Bedrock Village Park, they take you to the station to pick up the train and pick you up in Einasleigh and take you on a walk around the gorge while... More 

Thank Deborah C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We would highly recommend this rail trip to anyone. From the Rain Forest to the outback of Far North Queensland this is an experience no-one should miss! Superb scenery, Leigh & Will fantastic tour guides / rail-car drivers, excellent accommodation & good food. We will be booking another trip on Gulflander & Savannahlander hopefully if available for early next year.... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We booked a 4 day tour on the Savannahlander Rail Motor which travelled from Cairns to Mt Surprise with side tours along the way. The trip leaves Cairns Station early on Wednesday Morning and travels through the back blocks of Cairns and suburbs (always fun to peep into people's backyards and see what they're up to), stopping at the beautiful... More 

Thank RobynK70
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We travelled from Cairns to Forsayth and return on a four day tour on the Savannahlander. It is a wonderful tour on an iconic old rail car and as it rattles along the track the drivers, Lee and Will, carry on with very interesting comentary about the area. You can walk to the front and sit with the driver and... More 

1 Thank Travelled_8
Maleny, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

An excellent short trip on the train with a return bus trip to Forsayth. A great experience on this iconic train especially when it was not possible for us to do the complete trip to Cairns. The driver was also a great guide giving us plenty of relevant information on the way and actually stopping the train for photo opportunities... More 

Thank Malenymac
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We really enjoyed our four-day excursion into the Queensland Outback on the Savannahlander. First and foremost of course is the train itself, a rattling rocking old beast which makes the journey a whole lot of fun . Our drivers, Lee and Will, were of course highly skilled and knowledgeable about the places and wildlife we saw, but all with the... More 

1 Thank Michael L
Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

you do a day/overnight trip. The issue is not the capacity of the train, but the capacity of the accommodation in the little outback towns it visits. So if you are hoping to do the full four day round trip from Cairns booked well ahead (talking months here). So if your time and money is limited and you are keen... More 

1 Thank whi3916
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

First let me say that we really enjoyed our trip on the train though we would have liked to have had more time at Chillagoe & Cobbold Gorge but this could have been down to the trouble with the train, arriving late, leaving early. We started our trip from Cairns Station at 6.30 am and were greeted by both Leigh... More 

1 Thank Jennifer H
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

What a great way to spend 4 fun filled days travelling on the Savannahlander. Wil & Anthony kept us entertained from the moment we left Cairns until we returned 4 days later. And the side trips should not be missed. This trip should be on everyone's must do list.

Thank Allan W

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