Savannahlander Itinerary

The Savannahlander departs Cairns every Wednesday between March and mid December,  arriving back on Saturday evening. Click each day below for a detailed timetable and itinerary for that day. There’s also a downloadable version of the Savannahlander itinerary if you need to print it or file it away for future use.

Itinerary - Savannahlander

Wednesday

6.30am

The Savannahlander departs Cairns Station, located in Cairns Central Shopping centre. Please be at the station at least 15 minutes before departure. There is no food available at the station or on board the train so please organise breakfast at your accommodation  or bring your own supplies to eat on the train. If you would like to be picked up at Freshwater station let us know when booking.

7.30am

We get a good look at the famous Stoney Creek Falls.

7.50am

The train stops at Barron Falls Station for a look at the falls

8.00am

We have a short stop a Kuranda railway station to enjoy the famous gardens.

9.20am

The train arrives in Mareeba and stops to set down and pick up passengers if required. Those doing the Barron River Rover trip have a short wait at Mareeba station for the bus back to Kuranda/Cairns.

10.10am

The Savannahlander stops at Mutchilba for morning tea. Orders are taken on board in the morning so your smoko will be ready on arrival.

11.00am

There’s a short stop at the railway station in Dimbulah to have a look at the museum that has been set up in the old station building.

1.15pm

The train arrives in Almaden which is the end of the train trip for Wednesday. Lunch is at the Railway Hotel which is directly across the road from the railway station.  If you’re staying in Almaden then that’s the end of the day for you. Those going to Chillagoe will be transferred by bus after lunch.

3pm

If you’re staying in Chillagoe and doing the cave and town tour you’ll be picked up for your tour.

5.30pm

Those on the cave and town tour in Chillagoe will be returned to their accommodation and can relax for the rest of the day.

Note: Lunch and morning tea are at own expense.

Thursday

7am

The transfer bus starts picking up passengers staying in Chillagoe.

8am

The Savannahlander departs Almaden.

10am

The train arrives at the famous Bullock Creek Cafe for morning tea.

11.45am

We stop at Mt Surprise for lunch. Passengers travelling on the Surprise Getaway leave us here and have a short wait for the bus back to Cairns.

12.15pm

The Savannahlander departs Mt Surprise. This is where Etheridge Rambler and Einasleigh half day passengers join us.

2pm

We arrive in Einasleigh. There’s enough time to have a beer at the pub or head down and check out the Copperfield Gorge. Passengers doing the half day trip from Forsayth join us here for our 2.45pm departure. Those people doing the half day tour from Mt Surprise leave us here and board their bus to head back to Mt Surprise.

5.30pm

The Savannahlander reaches the end of the line – Forsayth. Customers staying at Cobbold Gorge  transfer to a bus for the 40 minute drive to their accommodation. Those staying in Forsayth have finished for the day.

Note: Lunch and morning tea are at own expense.

Friday

6.55am
Passengers who are staying in Forsayth and doing a Cobbold Gorge tour leave by bus for Cobbold Gorge.

8am
The tour of Cobbold Gorge starts.

8.30am
The Savannahlander departs Forsayth.

9:30am

Train passengers enjoy a morning tea stop.

10am
The tour of Cobbold Gorge finishes and passengers get on the bus that takes them to Einasleigh to meet the train.

11.15am
The train arrives in Einasleigh. There’s a decent amount of time here to enjoy the gorge and have lunch at he pub while waiting for the people who have visited Cobbold Gorge to arrive by bus.

11.45am
The bus from Cobbold Gorge arrives in Einasleigh. Lunch is at the Einasleigh pub.

12.15pm
The train departs Einasleigh.

2.15pm
The Savannahlander arrives in Mt Surprise for an overnight stay. If you’re staying at Undara Lava Tubes you’ll be picked up and transferred to your accommodation by Undara Experience staff. Those staying in Mt Surprise and not doing an Undara tour have the rest of the afternoon off.

2.45pm
If you’re staying in Mt Surprise and doing a tour of the lava tubes with Bedrock Village your bus will pick you up to head out to the tubes.

3.30pm
Passengers staying at Undara commence their tour with the staff from Undara Experience.

5.30pm
If you’re on the tour of the Undara Lava Tubes with the staff from Bedrock Village you’ll arrive back in Mt Surprise and can relax after a busy day!

Note: Lunch and morning tea are at own expense.

 

Saturday

8.00am

The Savannahlander departs Mt Surprise. We’re joined by passengers enjoying a Surprise Getaway or the 2 day Undara with rail.

11.05am

We arrive in Almaden for an early lunch at the Railway Hotel.

11:35am

The train departs Almaden.

1:45pm

A quick stop in Dimbulah, have a look at the museum that has been set up in the old station building and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

4.45pm

The Savannahlander arrives at Kuranda. There’s a short break for a leg stretch and a look at the gardens.

5.00pm

The train stops at Barron Falls station.

6.30pm

The Savannahlander finishes its four day journey when it arrives at Cairns station.

Note: Lunch and morning/afternoon tea are at own expense.

Times may vary due to operational reasons (but not by much).