Two iconic train services capture the spirit of the Gulf Savannah in unforgettable journeys. Both services have easy options to do just a sector, short trip or a fully accommodated package.
Originally built in 1910 to transport iron ore to the Chillagoe smelter, the Savannahlander now runs a weekly journey from Cairns passing through the Etheridge Shire at Mt Surprise before making a short stop at Einasleigh and concluding the journey in Forsayth.
Phone: 1800 793 848 Website: www.savannahlander.com.au
The Gulflander train journeys through savannah floodplains and goldfields on original and unique termite and flood resistant, heritage listed steel rails and sleepers that were constructed in 1891. The affectionately named “Old Tin Hare” that runs from “nowhere to nowhere” rattles and rolls along for 5 hours with great commentary, informative stops, lots of history and still delivers the mail. From February (weather permitting) to December the Gulflander travels weekly on Wednesdays from Normanton to Croydon (8:30am – 1:30pm), overnighting in Croydon before returning to Normanton on Thursday (8:30am – 1:30pm). Same day return buses are available on both days. In tourist season the train also does 2 hour return trips to Critters Camp and the older RM 60 train does regular 40 mins trips. The Gulflander is a Savannah Guides Site.
Phone: (07) 4745 1391 Website: www.gulflander.com.au