2023 Advance Bookings

We are getting enquiries for those interested in our 2023 bookings – and it’s great that some of our passengers are so organised! Our first Savannahlander trip for the year will be on the 3rd March.

Unfortunately we are not able to take bookings just yet – but if you would like to give us your name and email address we will email you when we open the bookings so that you can be among the first to secure your place on the outback rail tour of a lifetime.

Just visit https://savannahlander.com.au/2023-advance-booking-list/ to register.

Update for 2022 Covid Information

As the world seems to be settling into a new version of normal that includes the Coronavirus, it is relevant to take a moment to review the Savannahlander Covid Safe travel policies.

In line with the Queensland Government advice, we will not longer be requiring passengers to be vaccinated, nor will we be checking vaccination status or providing “check-in” codes for travel on the service.

We do however appreciate that many people still are vulnerable to the disease and will keep hand-washing and sanitation stations on the trains and encourage our passengers to continue to use them.

2022 Standby List

If your preferred date or tour is not available, why not join our 2022 Standby list? It’s FREE and all you need to give us is your name and email address.

Use the form below to sign up for our 2020 standby list. You will be sent an email to confirm your subscription. As soon as we have some new availabilities due to cancellations or releases from our suppliers – we will let this email list know FIRST.

Please note:

  • We simply broadcast out to the group and the first to reply will be offered the places. Please check your spam filter settings
  • We do not manage a “queue” or numbered waiting list.
  • We do not manage the list for specific dates.
  • This is not a “discount” list for last minute travel




2021 Holiday Office Hours

This year we will be closing the office for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The last day in the offfice will be Friday the 17th December and we will return on Tuesday January 4th.

If you have a booking in progress or are making a booking during this period, please note that we are processing all the bookings in the order that they are received so your “place in the queue” will be preserved. We have had a huge response to the opening of our 2022 bookings so please be patient as our staff are busy processing an unprecedented number of booking requests.

From everyone at the Savannahlander we would like to wish you the best for Christmas and the new year ahead. Thank you again for working with us and we look forward to continuing this in the new year with you.

Important Covid Information

We aim to provide an amazing outback experience, but we hold the safety of our staff and passengers as our primary concern. In light of the ongoing corona virus pandemic we have taken advice and risk assessed our business practices and have come to a considered position on the vaccine status of our staff and passengers.

As part of this our business has mandated vaccination for all staff who have agreed to be double vaccinated by February 2022.

In 2022 we will require all travellers on our tour packages to be double vaccinated two weeks or more before the date of travel.

We ask for proof of vaccination one month prior to travel and your tour will be cancelled if this is not received two weeks prior to travel. In the case that your travel is cancelled at this stage no refund will be available.

In the event that a passenger has a medical exemption for vaccination you are welcome to travel with us but must provide evidence of this exemption for our records.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact our office.

RACQ People’s Choice Awards

RACQ People's Choice Awards LogoThis year we are entering the Queensland Tourism Industry Council tourism awards. We think that the Savannahlander and the people in the region who contribute to this amazing experience deserve a little recognition especially after all that has happened to the industry over the last year or so.

As part of this, we are also entered into the “People’s Choice” awards which are judged by you – our fans and customers!

We need your help to win this prestigious award – just head over to the RACQ People’s Choice awards to vote. Just go to: https://www.racq.com.au/peopleschoice

Simply click on “Experience or Service” then you can vote or look us up (under ‘S’).

Thanks for voting – now for some fun!

Ok – now for a bit of fun. Check out our video on Facebook called “Man versus Train”. You can find it by clicking on the link:


Feel free to comment or share the video… we will be bringing you more as the voting progresses!

If Facebook is not your thing, we also have a video on Youtube at:

Thanks again for being a part of the Savannahlander – we hope to share with you the ongoing story of Wil and Hamish AND also our placement in the People’s Choice Awards 2021.

Get set for 2022!

We are not taking bookings for 2022 just yet – but when we do you can be among the first to know! Use this handy little form to sign up to our email list. We will broadcast to this list when bookings open so that you can be among the first to sign up for an unforgettable outback railway experience!

Office closures

Our offices will be closed from 1pm on Friday the 18th December and we will return at 9am on January the 4th 2021.

We hope that you can enjoy a break as well! While we appreciate your interest in the Savannahlander we would prefer it if you can hold your query until we return.

You are welcome to leave an email enquiry or phone message but please be aware that they will be checked later in the first week of January as we will prioritise bookings that have been received during the holiday closure.

Please note that while our office is close we will not be processing bookings but will process them in the order that they are received when we return in January 2021. At that stage you may appreciate that both us and our suppliers will be inundated so your patience is appreciated. We would not expect to be able to start confirming tours until the second week in January at the earliest.

The year that was…

As 2020 draws to a close it is time for us to take a break and perhaps have a look back on the year that was. For many 2020 will be a time that is etched in their memory for years to come.

Thank you to all those who have supported us, travelled with us and been patient with us during what has been a tumultuous year. To those who have lost loved ones through this pandemic, our thoughts go out to you understanding that for some, this holiday season will be tempered with sadness.

While we will be back in the office in January- the Savannahlander itself will start it’s weekly service from Cairns to Forsayth commencing March 3rd in 2021. We look forward to heading out again and hope that you may join us sometime through the year.

2021 Bookings now open

After a tumultuous 2020 season, the Savannahlander has returned from it’s last trip of the year. Whilst our drivers will have a well earned break – we are busy in the office organising your trip in 2021.

It’s easy to book and we have made notes on the various pages as you go. A good place to start is our Departure Dates and Tour Availability page.

We understand that the world has changed and that everyone is a little uncertain about plans for the future relating to the coronavirus. To allow you to book with confidence we would like to extend our “Covid Cancellation Money Back Guarantee”

Book with confidence – if you are unable to travel due to covid related reasons (border closures, local quarantine etc) we will refund your money back in full including your deposit.

Please view our booking terms and conditions for full details.