2017 – Queensland’s Savannah country

Contented cattle

In May 2017 we embarked on a train journey, travelling on the Spirit of Queensland up to Cairns, then riding on the Kuranda railway, the Gulflander, and the Savannahlander, with scenic stops in between.

Heading North again  We had planned our next trip, a train odyssey with a small group up to Cairns and across to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Back to Kuranda  We take a drive up to Kuranda village in the mountains behind Cairns and come back down on the scenic railway.

West towards the Gulf  We’re on the road again, travelling through the Savannah country to Forsayth and parts.

Cobbold Gorge – a hidden treasure We visit Cobbold Gorge, only ‘discovered’ in 1992, a narrow chasm in the sandstone.

Through the Outback to the Gulf We’re headed for Karumba via a few stops. In Normanton we hear about a monster croc and the woman who shot it.

Karumba – of barramundi and ghost nets. We’ve reached the Gulf of Carpentaria, 750km from Cairns. Here, it’s all about fishing.

The Gulflander – and wedgies. We take a ride on the vintage Gulflander train – and encounter some wedge tailed eagles.

Mount Surprise and a trip on the Savannahlander We take a ride on the vintage Savannahlander train and learn a bit about local history.

Surprises and the Undara lava tubes Today’s itinerary looked great, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. This turned out to be one of those days – but we did get to go underground at Undara.

It’s worth spending days in Herberton We visit the meticulously curated historical town of Herberton. It’s on a par with Sovereign Hill in Victoria, but more of a museum.

Time to go home After a last day mooching around Cairns we board the train to go home.