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Savannahlander - Day Tours

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Address: 399 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4053 6848
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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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The Last Great Train Trip is Still There

We did this trip taking the Outback Odyssey starting on 22 June. If you want a relaxing four days moving through the Outback in the way trains used to be, this is the trip... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did this trip taking the Outback Odyssey starting on 22 June. If you want a relaxing four days moving through the Outback in the way trains used to be, this is the trip. Starting early from Cairns you move up through the McAlastair Range to Kuranda in the early morning light, well before most tourists are up – definitely... More 

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Tasmania, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Having always wanted to ride this Railcar since seeing it several years ago, we were back in Cairns early May and found that although the 4 day trip didn't match our travel dates we could ride on a Wednesday morning to Mareeba. This was delightful and the early morning air was lovely. For around $66 each we rode up at... More 

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Cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

From the very start to the very end this train journey was excellent. The drivers Will and Leigh are passionate about their jobs. They have so much knowledge. They are very friendly and helpful. It was such a privilege to travel with them. The train was very comfortable and all the accommodation was very good. The guides for the Chillagoe... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The train was wonderful.Comfortable upholstered seats which could be adjusted to face either way & windows could be opened in the carriages.The train drivers were excellent-their commentary on each days travel was interesting,informative & easy to listen to.Very friendly & helpful-both Wil & Anthony.Wil's wildlife knowledge terrific.Very impressive to stop the train,and bring out an Eastern Blue Tongued lizard from... More 

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Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A fabulous way to experience the outback. Will, and Anthony were thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of the journey. Will's stories are guaranteed to inform and entertain you throughout. The leisurely pace allows frequent halts at anything of interest, and the journey is the destination on this character train. Passengers can take turns sitting in the front seat for the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This 4 day trip has been on my “to do” list for some time. The time finally came. The entire experience is quintessentially Australian in every respect. From the variety of the environments; rainforest to dry savannah with variations; the country hospitality along the way; to the varied wonders nature has provided; and the railway equipment used. Even the language... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

For me this was a trip of a lifetime, train drivers Will & Leigh apart from being very funny and great company, are a wealth of information, both natural and historical. The train travels at a pace where you can fully take in all the different areas - rainforest to open harsh outback. Saw wildlife, birds and beautiful flora, all... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Will and Leigh. Great fun, commentary and really enjoyed the side trips. Worth booking the slightly better accommodation and trips on offer. Cant wait to get back and do another. A fabulous way to see some of the outback in a unique way.

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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi there - thanks for the great review and it's great to get a good tip for future travellers! One of the great aspects of the tour is that we can cater for so many different levels of accommodation from BYO tent all the way to ensuite with a view! We look forward to having you travel with us again! More 

Shepparton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

A unique experience, 4 days at a relaxed pace and in an informal atmosphere with a few impromptu stops thrown in as you take in various landscapes and climate zones while climbing over 5 mountain ranges. There is abundant wildlife along the way and you get a real taste of the outback along the way and at the overnight stopovers.... More 

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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi there - thanks for your review! We agree that this is an authentic period experience, and I have breaking news for you too! We have just fitted in-car wifi to the railmotors. It doesn't provide internet access but it does have access to a server with information and photos about the trip. We expect that the service will be... More 

Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We have just had a fantastic time on the Savannahlander taking the 4 days/3 nights option from Cairns. I totally agree with Patrick B's review - it is a great 'short break' to take from Cairns, to see the Savannah country of NQ and the wildlife that lives there. Leigh and Wil are great hosts/guides/drivers and full of relevant information... More 

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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi there! Thanks for your lovely review. We agree that there are many highlights on the journey and that Stoney Creek is certainly one of them! We are glad that you liked the "informal" nature of the tour, all our drivers enjoy the fact that they are the only train on the line (for most of the way!) and that... More 

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