Chillagoe Art Tour – SOLD OUT

Thanks to a fantastic response from the community, the Art Tour for 2017 has been sold out.  Thanks for visiting, if you are interested in joining us next time please feel free to subscribe to our mailing list and we will keep you informed.

Come paint the Savannah Way and enjoy the unique experience of travelling to your painting location on the iconic Savannahlander, one of the great train journeys in Australia. Include your camera with your painting gear, there’s so much to see and experience. 

Join your local tour leader Heather Byrne and enjoy painting and sketching the Savannah landscape and much more around the Chillagoe area. From the relics of the copper refinery, the marble pits, abundant wild life and pioneer settlement sites to cool swimming holes with sandy banks and weeping melaleucas. You can meet local aboriginal artist Geraldine who can tell us about indigenous artworks and the stories of dreamtime and paint a piece of Chillagoe marble.

Four days, three nights you will depart Cairns on the Savannahlander on Wednesday morning (25th October) and wind your way up through the wet tropics area of the Kuranda range and out into the Savannah country.  A remarkable day with changing landscapes, you will be lunching at the town of Almaden before heading over the Chillagoe.

The tour is includes your rail passage, tour of the Chillagoe Caves,  transfers within the tour, your accommodation for three nights, three dinners, three breakfasts and four lunches.  You will be staying a the wonderful Chillagoe Eco Lodge, an oasis in the outback.

Please make your booking to secure your place on this special tour, numbers are limited and we will be placing guests strictly on a first-come basis.

2017 Last Minute Deals

Occasionally things go wrong for travellers and some of our passengers need to cancel their bookings. While we are sad that they are not joining us – this is an opportunity for others as we can offer you those places!

Keep in mind – these are not negotiable on the dates, room-types, the tours are available “as-is” for the listed numbers only. If you would like to book these tours – please click the click the “enquire” button on the table.

2017 Last Minute Opportunities

Date (of departure)Tour Package DetailsNumber of placesBook Now
Sorry - there are no current cancellations available.
Please check current availabilities for 2017 tours

2018 Advance Bookings List

Keep in mind that if you are thinking of travelling with us in 2018 you can register your interest online. Everyone on this list will be emailed and given a 2 week advanced booking period before we open our bookings to the general public.

2017 Rail Fares and Tour Packages now available

With so many options there is a package for everyone.   Popular package fares start from just $620 or you can manage your own accommodation and meals with our “Rail Fares Only” pricing.   A full list of tours and packages available here.

If you are a current concession card holder, we do offer discount fares for the following list of cards.


The Savannahlander has a 42 week operating cycle each year, commencing on the first Wednesday in March, running through to the middle of December.  The train departs Cairns for a four day adventure every Wednesday at 6.30 am. The 2017 season starts on the 1st of March and the last departure for the year is on the 13th of December.

A.S.S.C.O Adventure

We were very pleased this week to host the great people from the Australian Society of Section Car Operators.  Starting off at our depot in Cairns North (Actually known on the railway as Edge Hill siding) the group will be driving their section cars from here to Forsayth and returning over the next 6 days. (more…)

A great time to travel

Welcome to the second half of the year! With a cold snap gripping many parts of Australia it’s worth thinking of heading north for a spell. We think it’s cold here too – but then again we think that when it gets to 15 degrees up here in North Queensland!

August has been solidly booked at this stage with only a few seats left – but if you are thinking of travelling in September or October you will be delighted to know that we have plenty of seats available. (more…)

Stolen cups keep popping up

Many of our wonderful passengers love a cup of tea – and we love to see where some of our world famous cafe cups end up!  If you haven’t checked out our “Stolen Cups” then have a look at some of the images that we have recently been sent on our Facebook page. (more…)

2015 Prices

The prices on the Most Popular, Short and Gulflander Tour pages have been updated and now show the 2015 season prices. We will update prices on the add on tours and train fares only pages in the coming days.

All our providers have done their best to contain any price rises to levels as low as possible for next year (indeed, some have not applied any increases at all), but some costs, especially those for road transfers had to have slight increases applied.

Freshwater Coffee Run a Success

A huge thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed a great day on the Savannahlander on the the 12th October.  With over a hundred passengers we had a great opportunity to get the three-car set together for the trip, a rare treat for everyone! It was a great morning out – with fantastic coffee and cakes from Barrons restaurant at Freshwater Station. (more…)

Freshwater Coffee Run SOLD OUT

Thanks to everyone who has gotten behind our locals run on the Freshwater coffee run.

It’s great to see so much local support for this fun morning out – in fact we have had so much support that the train is now booked up and we have had to close ticket sales.

Thanks again to everyone who has been involved either by buying tickets or telling their friends.  We don’t have any plans at the moment, but it looks like something that we would like to do again!

Freshwater Coffee Run is ON

Thanks to everyone who participated in our online poll – the results are in and we are heading out for a run on the Savannahlander on Sunday October the 12th!  We will be leaving from our North Cairns depot at 10:15 am and returning at midday.  Enjoy our historic “silver bullet” railmotors in a relaxed, family friendly day that includes a leisurely stop at Barron’s Bistro for coffee and snacks.

Tickets are simple – Adults are $15 and children under 15 ride for free.  The fare is return but you are welcome to stay in Freshwater if that is your preference (sorry, no discount fares).  We will have out historic steam engine at our depot and you are welcome to have a look and take photos after the journey.  (more…)