Slight delays in 2020 Bookings

While bookings are open on the website from the 4th November, we did open them to those who subscribed to our “Advance Booking” list for 2020

The response has been amazing – in fact far greater than we expected! There are some delays in getting your bookings processed – both with us and with our suppliers who are still working hard with the end of the 2019 season as well.

We apologise for the delay and appreciate your patience – we will definitely get to your booking and reply with your confirmations via email.

Please note that bookings are being processed in the order that they have been received and that phoning the office will not alter the speed in which your booking will be processed and confirmed.

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
  • 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. 

2019 Season dates

We are off and running!  The 2019 season is now open and ready for you to book your amazing outback railway adventure.

Our first trip of the year will depart Cairns on the 6th March  and we will be running 39 weeks of the year until our last departure on the 27th November 2019.

Scheduled departure dates for tours is as follows:

Gulflander and Savannahlander via Forsayth
departing Cairns
from 1st April till
28th October

Gulflander and Savannahlander via Croydon
departing Cairns
from 4th March 
Gulflander and Savannahlander via Forsayth
departing Normanton
from 2nd April till
29th October
Gulflander and Savannahlander via Croydon
departing Normanton
from 5th March 
Savannah ExplorerEvery WEDNESDAY

Outback EscapeEvery WEDNESDAY
from 3rd April till
25th September
Rail RunnerEvery WEDNESDAY

Burnt Bridge affects 2018 season

For those not following our facebook page you may not have heard that a recent fire at Mt Surprise has had a big impact on our 2018 schedule for the last few weeks of the year.

The Savannahlander itself has not been affected, however the bridge at Elizabeth Creek just before Mt Surprise was almost completely destroyed.  

Our schedule continued through to the end of the year, with the last 5 weeks being affected. We managed to work up a combination Bus / Rail tour for the good people who travelled immediately after the fire, with a short service to Almaden and back for the remaining 4 weeks of the year.

The great news is that the good people at Queensland Rail are already on the case and are already in the process of rebuilding the bridge.  We expect a full recovery and things will be in tip-top shape for the 2019 season.