The Savannahlander is a truly unique journey that travels all the
way from Cairns to Forsayth, 423 kilometres away, over two days.
Affectionately known as 'The Silver Bullet', the 1960's Savannahlander
is one of the world's greatest rail experiences, offering passengers
the opportunity to discover the outback in a very unique and
For most of the journey through the magnificent Tropical North
Queensland outback, no other train occupies the railway line used by
this train. This allows passengers to enjoy a train journey like no
other in the world. And since the Savannahlander travels at a sedate
pace, the driver is able to point out interesting landscape features as
well as stop at those places passengers find fascinating so they can
get off the train and take photos.
Stony Creek Bridge KurandaLeaving Cairns early on Wednesday morning,
the Savannahlander rattles its way up to the spectacular Kuranda Range,
with stopovers at Barron Falls and Stoney Creek. At Kuranda, the
Savannahlander makes a stopover when the morning is still fresh. It
then departs for Mareeba, following the Barron River and after another
stop, the Savannahlander makes its way to Mutchilba, for morning tea.
After morning tea, it is time to visit Dimbulah, once famous for its
Soon after leaving Dimbulah, the green fields of the Tablelands, the
coffee plantations and the fruit wineries will disappear as the outback
is getting closer. Almaden is the day's destination and passengers will
be transferred to Chillagoe, where they can tour the amazing caves,
known as 'The Reef of the Outback'.
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Next morning it is again time to keep on travelling. Destinations
of the day are Bullock Creek for morning tea, Mount Surprise for lunch,
Einasleigh for refreshments and Forsayth for the night. Passengers who
wish to can visit the magnificent Cobbold Gorge and overnight there or
stay and relax in Forsayth.
The journey back to Cairns starts early on Friday, with a short trip
from Forsayth to Mount Surprise. Passengers then have the chance to
visit the captivating Undara Lava Tubes and spend an unforgettable
night there, or remain in Mount Surprise.
Saturday sees another early start, stopping again in Bullock Creek,
Almaden and Dimbulah for morning tea, lunch and refreshments
respectively. On the way back, many attractions that were missed are
now visited. The journey reaches its final climax descending the
Kuranda Range on its way back to Cairns.