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Savannahlander - Day Tours

399 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
+61 7 4053 6848
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A top 5 lifetime experience 4 day trip

This was never going to be an "ordinary" rail trip as I had previously seen what to expect on the... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2017
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Rod Smith

We did a 4 day trip during November 2016. It was above all expectations , we learnt so much about... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Rod S
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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, Australia
+61 7 4053 6848

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Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This was never going to be an "ordinary" rail trip as I had previously seen what to expect on the Discovery train programme. Having booked a year previously and moved over to Australia to explore the country the details were a bit vague but a...More

1  Thank probb
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We did a 4 day trip during November 2016. It was above all expectations , we learnt so much about North Qld while having fun. We meet so many people from all walks of live and will do it again in the wet season.

Thank Rod S
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Words scarcely describe the great experience we had on the Savannahlander in early November 2016 The ever changing scenery from coastal rainforest to open farm country then wild granite gorges and again to more open country is simply awesome To a self confessed train nut,...More

1  Thank Rigwr
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We commenced our rail trip at Forsayth with morning tea at Café Bloodwood, lunch at the Einasleigh Hotel before travelling to Mt Surprise for an overnight stop staying at the Pioneer huts Undara Lava Tubes. You see a variety of scenery from the outback countryside...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I took this train from Cairns travelling in an old Queensland diesel rail motor into the remote outback Queensland. We stayed 3 nights in outback accommodation where the hospitality was amazing. The drivers were friendly & very knowledgeable about the surrounds, wildlife etc..as I travelled...More

1  Thank robynnewton39
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We have just returned after a trip to far North Queensland which included the amazing experience of the four day, three night Savannahlander train journey. From the 6.30 am departure from Cairns Station, up through the rain forest route to Kuranda and on eventually 425...More

Thank 49richie
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We picked up the train in Mount Surprise and rode to Einasleigh to explore Copperfield Gorge. The train is a four day tour but the one we took was from Bedrock Village Park, they take you to the station to pick up the train and...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We would highly recommend this rail trip to anyone. From the Rain Forest to the outback of Far North Queensland this is an experience no-one should miss! Superb scenery, Leigh & Will fantastic tour guides / rail-car drivers, excellent accommodation & good food. We will...More

1  Thank Robyn S
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We booked a 4 day tour on the Savannahlander Rail Motor which travelled from Cairns to Mt Surprise with side tours along the way. The trip leaves Cairns Station early on Wednesday Morning and travels through the back blocks of Cairns and suburbs (always fun...More

3  Thank RobynK70
Reviewed 27 August 2016

We travelled from Cairns to Forsayth and return on a four day tour on the Savannahlander. It is a wonderful tour on an iconic old rail car and as it rattles along the track the drivers, Lee and Will, carry on with very interesting comentary...More

2  Thank Travelled_8
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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
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
29 May 2016|
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Response from Savannahlander | Property representative |
Hi there Helen! Thanks for the question - you are correct that the train itself is not air-conditioned, but all the windows open and you are free to move around inside the carriage. For most of the year it is a very... More