2021 Advance Bookings

With the bookings for the 2020 season well under way, the railmotors nearly ready to head out for our first trip of the year on the 4th March.

We are also getting enquiries for those interested in our 2021 bookings – and it’s great that some of our passengers are so organised!

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/2021-advance-booking-list/ to register.

Christmas Office Hours

With 2019 drawing to a close, the team at the Savannahlander would like to wish you all the best for a safe and happy Christmas.

Our super drivers Leigh, Wil and Anthony will all be having a well-earned break over the shut-down period and will return to their roles driving and guiding the Savannahlander in 2020.

Our first trip for 2020 is scheduled for the 4th March and we will continue our established weekly schedule until the last trip on the 25th November 2020.

Our offices will be closed from the 20th December and re-open on the 6th January but you can still book online at https://savannahlander.com.au/departure-dates/ . Bookings will be processed in the order that they are received – so with dates starting to fill already it will pay to get in early!

Once again – best wishes for the holidays and we will see you in the new year.

Welcome Sandra!

With the 2019 season coming to a close, the rails will be a little quieter for the next few months and our drivers can take a well-deserved break. However in the office we are as busy as every getting things ready for the 2020 season! As part of this, we would like to welcome Sandra, the newest member of the team at the Savannahlander.

“Born and bred” in Far North Queensland, Sandra is familiar with the area and has been on the Savannahlander before – apparently it was so good that she has agreed to work with us!

So if you are booking with us or calling the office there is a good chance that you will have the opportunity to say hello.

2020 Bookings are now OPEN

After a fantastic year we are happy to announce that the 2020 season bookings are now available to be made online. While the itineraries have been kept similar we have made some adjustments to the way you can book your tour and to the room type/fare classes.

You can see all the tours and book them via our tours page on the website.

Our schedule will be the same as this year, we will run 39 weeks of the year starting in the first week of March (4th) until the last trip of the year on the 25th November.

There will be some slight changes to the tour packages available, such as:

  • Accommodation at the Undara Lava Lodge in the converted railway carriages will only be available on tours departing :
    • 30th March / 1st April
    • 6th / 8th April
    • 27th / 29th April
    • 14th /16th September
    • 12th / 14th October
    • 19th / 21st October
  • Three different accommodation options will now be available on the Savannah Explorer tour package
  • A new pricing structure will see tours in June, July and August (peak season) increase in price, but only slightly in the off-peak season.
  • Our Single Supplements will be raised in the peak season.
  • A new fare class “Happy to Share” will allow solo travellers to travel throughout the year on a greatly reduced single supplement (or none at all) if they are willing to be matched with another traveller of the same gender in a twin-share room or 2 room cabin.

Job Vacancy at the Savannahlander

Are you organised, have a keen attention to detail and have that super ability to answer the phone with a smile that our customers can hear in your voice ?

Well – the Savannahlander may just be the right place for you!

We are hiring an administration support person for our offices. This is filling an existing position that has recently become vacant with a slightly expanded role to complement planned changes in our business systems.

Key Details

  • Please do not telephone the office for questions or additional details (we are short staffed without you already!).
  • Please direct all queries and applications to employment@savannahlander.com.au
  • You may address your application to the Business Development Manager, Robert Rutten.
  • A full Position Description is available online here.
  • Please view the information on our website to familiarise yourself with our product and operation.
  • Your application should include your resume with a cover letter.
  • Please email your application no later than the 21st October, however please note that we are motivated to hire and will accept early applications and may start interviews with successful applicants prior to this date.
  • All applications will receive a response by the 23rd October.

Limited staff until the 19th

Hi – if you are trying to get in touch with us we really would like to hear from you! This is just to let you know that due to some staff unexpectedly requiring to travel and existing leave commitments that the office will be “lightly” staffed from September 13th until the 19th. It’s just a few days – if you can’t get in touch with us someone will get back to you after the 19th.

Cairns Local Holiday

This Friday the 19th July is a local holiday in Cairns. While the Savannahlander will be running as per it’s normal schedule, the office will be closed until Monday the 22nd July. Sorry for any inconvenience, please don’t worry about any invoices and due dates as we will automatically roll them over to next week. Have a great weekend!

2019 Last Minute Opportunities

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.

2019 Last Minute Opportunities

Date (of departure)Tour Package DetailsNumber of placesBook Now
Sorry - there are no current cancellations available.
Please check current availabilities for 2018 tours

*** Room types are usually flexible (ie. “double” may be changed to “twin-share” or vice versa), please note this and we can check when you book.  We can also accommodate a single traveller, however a single supplement will apply.

Newly available dates due to group cancellations

We have available places for all tours departing on the following weeks starting:

  • 12th August
  • 26th August
  • 2nd September
  • 9th September
  • 25th September  (till the 27th November)

Please note that Cobbold Gorge closes at the end of October and the Outback Escape tour seasons finishes at the end of September.

2019 Standby List

If the date you are looking for is not listed above – you can subscribe to our 2019 standby list.   This email list will be send an notice when any new dates become available due to cancellations or release-backs from our suppliers.

2020 Advance Bookings List

Keep in mind that if you are thinking of travelling with us in 2020 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.

2020 dates… coming soon!

With our 2019 season well under way we are already getting queries for next year. The good news is that as we have not started taking bookings just yet that ALL dates are available.

If you are interested in travelling with us in 2020 please take a moment to sign up to our 2020 advance bookings list. This is a simple email list that is FREE to join – we will email you when bookings open and you will have a head start on the everyone else.

Sign up and jump to the front of the queue with our 2020 Advance Bookings List.

Christmas Office Closure

We will be closing our offices for 2 weeks over the 2018/19 holiday season.  Our last day will be Friday the 21st December and we will be back on the 7th January.

Over this period please feel free to contact us or make your online bookings as normal, however we will not be replying until the new year when we return.

All bookings will be processed in the order that they are received so available places will be allocated accordingly.

2018 has been a great year and we would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who has travelled with us over the last 12 month.  Thanks for being a part of the Savannahlander we hope that you have enjoyed it!

Thanks again for being a part of the Savannahlander – Have a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.