COVID-19 Update

As you will be aware the last 24 hours has seen announcements by both State and Federal governments with new bans and advice to help curb the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19).

In light of the ban on non-essential travel, the recommendation to cancel holidays and the new stringent social distancing laws we cannot see how we can continue to operate the Savannahlander with compliance of these laws and preserve the safety of both our staff, passengers and remote communities that we visit. We have also been advised by some of our suppliers of accommodation and tours that they are suspending their operations.

Effective immediately the Savannahlander is suspending all services for the month of April and May.

At this stage we will not set a date to resume operations as we aim to fully comply with any social distancing advice for the sake of our staff, our passengers and the communities we visit.

Our office will close as of today but our office staff will continue to work from home to process refunds etc. If your tour is directly affected our office will be in contact to arrange the cancellation and and refunds if applicable.

We are offering a full refund, including your deposit for travel on the affected dates. Alternatively we can re-book your tour with us for a date later in the year. We are also offering that if you wish to keep your deposit with us that we will provide you with the first choice of dates when we open bookings for the 2021 season.

Currently we are not accepting any bookings for 2020 or 2021 but we are keeping a list of those interested to be contacted when operations resume.

It is our intention to remain in business throughout this pandemic crisis and to be a part of the recovery efforts that will commence once the crisis passes. We wish you all the best in this uncertain time and look forward to joining with you in the recovery of this vibrant region.

Please respond to this email if you have any queries – we would appreciate it if you do not telephone the office as our small staff are already quite busy managing the situation as it unfolds.

Thank you for your business, your patience, and we wish you and your friends and family well in the coming weeks.

2020 Standby / Updates List

If your preferred date or tour is not available, why not join our 2020 Stand By list? It’s FREE and all you need to give us is your name and email address.

If you are unsure about the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how that affects your travel plans – this is the perfect list to sign up to as we will broadcast to this list with information regarding schedules and availability.

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 that we simply broadcast out to the group and the first to reply will be offered the places, we do not manage a “queue” or numbered waiting list.

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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.