The Gulf Savannah is a timeless landscape of natural treasures. A former frontier tackled by gold prospectors and cattle farmers, occupied by our country’s indigenous people. A place pocketed with natural wonders, including the world’s longest lava tubes and Australia’s youngest gorge. Our Gulf Savannah tours showcase the best of the Australian savannah. You’ll enjoy true Australian hospitality and sample the various styles of cuisine, as rich and colourful as the fascinating savannah outback landscapes and lifestyles you will encounter. Oz Tours Safaris has two gulf savannah tours. A 9-day overland Gulf Savannah 4WD accommodated tour and a 16-day all overland Savannah Way Darwin to Cairns 4WD camping safari.
Our affordable 9-day Gulf Savannah tour combines adventure and discovery in the Gulf Frontier. Enjoy air-conditioned overnight accommodation and two historic savannah rail train trips, the Gulflander and the Savannahlander.
An amazing 16-day savannah experience tour, taking you from Darwin to Cairns. This fully hosted tour includes camping with some motel accommodation. An amazing adventure in a natural paradise.
Our guides are experts in the Savannah Way and will share the natural and cultural history of this landscape with you. Your main transport is a very comfortable 21-seat air-conditioned 4WD coach, sometimes supported by rail or boat.
If you’re planning a Gulf Savannah tour, get in touch with us today. We’ve been operating tours across the Savannah Way for over 30 years. We deliver exceptional savannah experiences, covering the best bits of country and culture.
The Gulf Savannah is an area where time almost stands still. The landscape is as vast as it is empty. The quietness pervades and is almost deafening, broken only by the squawk of a native bird or a wandering beast. Each remote town has its own unique savannah outback style, coupled with a friendliness second to none.
There’s two iconic savannah rail journeys, which are as unique and special as the area itself. These fascinating modes of transport criss-cross the Gulf Savannah outback, allowing you to be a part of a long-gone history. A journey on the Gulflander is a tour back in time, to an era when a padded seat was a luxury and roads were bullock tracks. To a time where gold was the currency and home was a canvas and sapling humpy. And a generation where children were born in the dust and education was the school of hard knocks.
The Savannahlander is a train journey which returns you back to Cairns. It is one of the great savannah rail experiences of the world, as it rattles its way from the outback region back to the coast via the scenic Kuranda Range. It includes stops at Barron Falls and Stoney Creek and passes through World Heritage listed rainforests to Cairns.
These days tourism is playing an ever-increasing economic role in the Australian savannah, with many pastoralists opening their cattle properties to tourists. So, we invite you to come to the Gulf Savannah to capture the emotion and romance, tragedies and triumphs of Australia’s amazing savannah outback.
A holiday to the Gulf Savannah Australia offers adventure, beauty and a lesson in history giving the visitor a multitude of savannah experiences.
The Gulf Savannah region extends from the Great Dividing Range in the east, to the Northern Territory in the west encompassing an area of some 186,000 square kilometres. It was once known as the ‘Outback By The Sea’, with its miles of untouched beaches, lush bushland, remote cattle stations, historic mining towns and breathtaking National Parks.
The Gulf Savannah is a part of the larger Savannah Way, which is the area and journey between Cairns on Queensland’s eastern coastline and Broome, on the Western Australian coast. It includes some amazing destinations and journeys, including the savannah way Cairns to Darwin trip.
As you travel through the vast and stark undeveloped land mass, its spectacular countryside and interesting history, you will be enveloped by the sense of magnificent history and hardship endured by the early settlers and Gold prospectors.
Oz Tours Safaris provide two savannah experience tours. One focuses on the Gulf Savannah area, between Cairns, Burketown and Lawn Hill National Park. The other takes in the savannah way between Cairns to Darwin, stopping at Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, Limmen National Park, Karumba and Mt Surprise. Both of our savannah experiences have been carefully planned to deliver outstanding experiences and value for money. They’ve been fine tuned over more than 30 years of operation to include natural and cultural landmarks, epic scenery and informative commentary.
Our 9-day Gulf Savannah tour is accommodated. Highlights include the Undara Lava Tubes, which extend 160 kilometres making them the longest lava flow from a single volcano on our planet. Cobbold Gorge, Australia’s youngest gorge, which occupies an area of about 80 square km and was created by a process that began 1700 million years ago. A diverse range of vegetation grows in the gorge, forming a habitat for abundant bird and wildlife. It is also home to fish such as black bream, archerfish, long tom and perch, and freshwater crocodiles. A sunset cruise at Karumba, visit to Riversleigh Fossil Field, Chillagoe Limestone Caves and two savannah rail journeys.
Let us take you through one of the last frontiers of Australia – travel with us along the most remote part of the Savannah Way between Darwin and Cairns. Swim and explore Litchfield National Park with its picturesque water falls. Be amazed by the scenic beauty, aboriginal history and rock art, cultural centre’s and amazing wildlife of Kakadu National Park. Visit Lawn Hill National Park now known as Boodjamulla, meaning “Rainbow Serpent”. See the spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge where Lawn Hill Creek has cuts its way through the sandstone of the Constance Range. Call on other fantastic places including: Bitter Springs, Edith Falls, Roper Bar, Karumba, Normanton, Georgetown and Herberton – where one man made a museum that is just like a small town with buildings and all their contents.
“16 days from Darwin really was an experience we shall not forget (at 80 years on) Chris and John must be the best shots ever and the cooking _ wonderful. Weather was rather over hot for means we would have preferred an earlier date, also the camping got a bit wearing, not that we minded being out in atent a all. Perhaps we shall go motels to cape York _ back cable style sounds really good. If you haven't done an OzT our then you MUST.”
“We have done 4 trips with Oz Tours since 2009 and highly recommend this company for those on a budget who want to see remote parts of Australia in the company of like-minded travellers. 3 of the trips (Kimberley, Townsville to Adelaide and Central Australia Desert Safari) were hosted by 2 of the "gems" of Australian outback travel, John and Chris. They are a very professional couple who really enhance every trip with their insights about geography and history of the areas in which we are travelling. The 4th trip to Cape York (all overland) was also a wonderful experience as we traversed the Peninsula to see many sights that other tours may miss. We are presently planning our 5th trip with Oz. ”
Richard & Carol
Book your Gulf Savannah and Savannah Way adventure with us today. We’ve got 33 years experience of soft adventure outback touring and look forward to sharing our spirit of adventure with you. Call us on 1800 079 006 Toll Free within Australia.