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Savannahlander - Day Tours

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Address: 399 Sheridan Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4053 6848

The Savannahlander is a unique train journey that starts from Cairns,...

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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Excellent,long days, No Driving.

First let me say that we really enjoyed our trip on the train though we would have liked to have had more time at Chillagoe & Cobbold Gorge but this could have been down to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 July 2016
Jennifer H
Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

First let me say that we really enjoyed our trip on the train though we would have liked to have had more time at Chillagoe & Cobbold Gorge but this could have been down to the trouble with the train, arriving late, leaving early. We started our trip from Cairns Station at 6.30 am and were greeted by both Leigh... More 

1 Thank Jennifer H
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

What a great way to spend 4 fun filled days travelling on the Savannahlander. Wil & Anthony kept us entertained from the moment we left Cairns until we returned 4 days later. And the side trips should not be missed. This trip should be on everyone's must do list.

Thank Allan W
Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We did this trip taking the Outback Odyssey starting on 22 June. If you want a relaxing four days moving through the Outback in the way trains used to be, this is the trip. Starting early from Cairns you move up through the McAlastair Range to Kuranda in the early morning light, well before most tourists are up – definitely... More 

Thank JaneBloggsTravel
Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Having always wanted to ride this Railcar since seeing it several years ago, we were back in Cairns early May and found that although the 4 day trip didn't match our travel dates we could ride on a Wednesday morning to Mareeba. This was delightful and the early morning air was lovely. For around $66 each we rode up at... More 

Thank Alli B
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

From the very start to the very end this train journey was excellent. The drivers Will and Leigh are passionate about their jobs. They have so much knowledge. They are very friendly and helpful. It was such a privilege to travel with them. The train was very comfortable and all the accommodation was very good. The guides for the Chillagoe... More 

Thank codibeam
Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

The train was wonderful.Comfortable upholstered seats which could be adjusted to face either way & windows could be opened in the carriages.The train drivers were excellent-their commentary on each days travel was interesting,informative & easy to listen to.Very friendly & helpful-both Wil & Anthony.Wil's wildlife knowledge terrific.Very impressive to stop the train,and bring out an Eastern Blue Tongued lizard from... More 

Thank sue h
Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

A fabulous way to experience the outback. Will, and Anthony were thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of the journey. Will's stories are guaranteed to inform and entertain you throughout. The leisurely pace allows frequent halts at anything of interest, and the journey is the destination on this character train. Passengers can take turns sitting in the front seat for the... More 

Thank Andrew P
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This 4 day trip has been on my “to do” list for some time. The time finally came. The entire experience is quintessentially Australian in every respect. From the variety of the environments; rainforest to dry savannah with variations; the country hospitality along the way; to the varied wonders nature has provided; and the railway equipment used. Even the language... More 

1 Thank LesS_10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

For me this was a trip of a lifetime, train drivers Will & Leigh apart from being very funny and great company, are a wealth of information, both natural and historical. The train travels at a pace where you can fully take in all the different areas - rainforest to open harsh outback. Saw wildlife, birds and beautiful flora, all... More 

Thank Beth M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Will and Leigh. Great fun, commentary and really enjoyed the side trips. Worth booking the slightly better accommodation and trips on offer. Cant wait to get back and do another. A fabulous way to see some of the outback in a unique way.

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Savannahlander, Public Relations Manager at Savannahlander - Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi there - thanks for the great review and it's great to get a good tip for future travellers! One of the great aspects of the tour is that we can cater for so many different levels of accommodation from BYO tent all the way to ensuite with a view! We look forward to having you travel with us again! More 

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