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Savannahlander - Day Tours

399 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Amazing 6 day trip

When we heard about this train trip and the tours they offered the hardest decision we had to make... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Simon T
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
Really excellent 1-day trip (Undara to Cairns)

We did a two-day round trip, taking a bus up to stay overnight in Undara then taking the... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
hal924a
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Stenness, United Kingdom
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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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399 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we heard about this train trip and the tours they offered the hardest decision we had to make was what tour to go on. We decided to embark on the 6 day Gulflander/Savannahlander Tour. What an amazing experience. To be able to travel on...More

1  Thank Simon T
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

We did a two-day round trip, taking a bus up to stay overnight in Undara then taking the Savannahlander back to Cairns the next day. This was a really good train trip. The two drivers were very entertaining, with an extensive knowledge of all sorts...More

2  Thank hal924a
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Always wanted to do this trip and was not disappointed. Would have liked to do the 4-day trip however due to a lack of accommodation at the last stop and our available dates could only do two days undertaking the Surprise Getaway trip with a...More

3  Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

I have just returned from a four day journey on the Savannah Explorer tour, visiting the outback destinations of Chilligoe Caves, Cobbold Gorge and the Undara Lava Tubes. It was my first official outback adventure and I can say the novelty of train travel made...More

2  Thank Vickie W
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

We unfortunately only had time to to do the day trip from Fortsyth to Einsleigh. From the time we arrived we knew we were going to have a good time. Everything was well organised and we were even allowed to sit in the two very...More

1  Thank cherrillt2016
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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hi there cherrillt2016, Thank you for your glowing review - we are so glad that you enjoyed your journey with us even if it was such a short one. I will certainly pass your compliments on to our drivers!

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

This historic rail motor trip crosses the base of cape York from Forsyth to Cairns. Takes 2 days. A lot of boring country but a lot of interest. Don't expect aircon. Open windows are the go. The cars have been refurbished and the seats are...More

Thank Ian S
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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Hi there Ian S, Thank you for your review - it's great to get your firsthand feedback. We agree about the airconditioning, a tip that we try to suggest to our passengers in the warmer months is to bring a towel that you can sit...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

they even stop on the way back if dark to show the lights to tourists we were treated 1st class by every one a great tripMore

Thank Phil E
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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hi there Phil E, Thanks for your review. Yes - it is one of the points that we think make the Savannahlander such a special journey. As we are often the only train on the line, we can stop along the way at points of...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

The Savannalander trip covers the outback at a leisurely pace. The best way to experience what outback NQ has to offer. From the city to the bush!! Leave the city behind and see the outback as it is! From the ranges to the savanna country,...More

1  Thank Hpas
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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Hi there HPas, Thanks for your fantastic review. We are glad that you enjoyed your journey with us - the interactions with the real outback, towns and people is something that we think is really special as well. Part of that experience is the "open...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

We are a couple of 80+ who stay in Cairns for the southern winter and include a Savannahlander trip whilst there. This year we did the 6 day trip which included the Gulflander. Starting from Cairns, Normanton was a 715 km bus ride. Two nights...More

1  Thank raymcd33
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We have just come back from our Savannahlander trip from Cairns to Forsayth and return and what an adventure it was. From the moment we stepped on the train and right up until pulling back into Cairns on the Saturday night, we enjoyed every minute...More

1  Thank gatremma
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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Hi there Gatremma, Thanks for your fantastic review - we really appreciate the feedback and will certainly pass your compliments on to Carolyn in Chillagoe! We hope to see you again some day :)

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Glenn M
3 October 2017|
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Response from Savannahlander | Property representative |
Hi there Glenn, Thanks for your question, the Barron River Rover is a "short tour" that we offer that allows you to depart with the rest of the group doing the 4 day tour but return on the first day by bus. If effect, you... More
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sarahnbrendan
29 September 2016|
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Response from RobynK70 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how severe the 'special needs' is. If it is a mobility issue, the train has a lift which was used for luggage and a number of elderly passengers used this to get on and off the train easily. The staff were... More
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Caroline C
22 July 2016|
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Response from Savannahlander | Property representative |
Hi there! Thanks for your question. There have been some changes to the accommodation providers along the route and for the 2017 season (and onwards!) the ONLY difference will be that for the Outback Odyssey for Wednesday... More
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