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.

2018 Season Start

It has been an eventful start to the 2018 season at the Savannahlander.  With some damage to the line after the rail events during the off season, we have been running a shortened service during the month of March to either Almaden or Mt Surprise return.  The end of March saw the effects of Tropical Cyclone Nora deliver large rainfalls across tropical Far North Queensland and the Etheridge Shire forcing the line to be closed once again.

All our passengers booked are being informed and we are monitoring the situation closely.   Please visit our Facebook page if you would like more updates on the Savannahlander and some of the extreme weather events that have been affecting the region.

2018 Packages are now available

With so many options there is a package for everyone. Popular package fares start from just $840 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.

How to Book

It’s easy and all online!  Keeping in mind that we operate a train and work with third party operators along the route, the booking process is as follows:

  1. 1) View our extensive list of tours available online and find out which tour you would like to do.  Also check our Availabilities page to see if your chosen tour is available on your preferred date(s).
  2. 2) Visit our online Bookings Page to make your booking request.  Just fill out the form from top to bottom.
  3. 3) Once you click on “Submit” you will be directed to our payment gateway (Paypal) to make your deposit.  Note that you do not need to have a paypal account and that you can simply use your credit card.
  4. 4) You will receive a confirmation email from our booking system, along with an email from paypal which is your receipt for your deposit.
  5. 5) We will make request from the operators along the route for you.
  6. 6) Once we have a confirmation of your accommodation and any tours that you have requested, we will email you a confirmation with a booking reference number.  You can now book your other flights/accommodation with confidence.  This email will also have details on Cairns accommodation etc.
  7. 7) We will email you your itinerary, invoice and vouchers for providers along the way.  Full payment for your tour is due 30 days prior to departure.


The Savannahlander has a 39 week operating cycle each year, commencing on Wednesday 7th March 2018, running through to the last trip on November 28th. The train departs Cairns for a four day adventure every Wednesday at 6.30 am.