Catch the Action with The Savannahlander

May is a busy month in the Mareeba Shire – particularly for the towns of Almaden and Chillagoe.  With not one, two but THREE signature events happening in the space of a couple of weeks.

First up is the Chillagoe Rodeo on the 9th till the 11th of May.  There is heaps to see and do with a full rodeo program and live music in the evenings.  Check out the full details at

The following weekend there is the annual Great Wheelbarrow Race  from Mareeba to Chillagoe.  This year there is a special bicycle race running at the same time, the Wheelbarrow Way Charity Ride.  Great causes to support and a great time to be had for all involved.

If you are considering a trip on the Savannahlander, you can time your trip with these great events!    Here are some options to consider:

1) Book a rail-only trip on the Savannahlander just to Chillagoe on the 7th May.  You can then stay until mid morning on the Saturday and return on 10th May.  (yes, you only get a day of the Rodeo excitement but it’s still great fun)  Don’t forget to ask us about accommodation!

2) Book a full tour on the Savannahlander departing the 7th , but ask us to hold you for a week in Chillagoe.  It’s for the die-hard rodeo fans, but you will definitely get all the action and get to spend some quality time in Chillagoe.  Rejoin the tour the following week on the 15th and continue your chosen tour and return to Cairns on the 17th – just in time to catch the excitement of the Wheelbarrow Race and Wheelbarrow Way charity ride.

3) Book a full tour on the Savannahlander departing on the 14th.  On the return journey you will be crossing both the Wheelbarrow Race and Wheelbarrow Way charity ride.  While times and locations vary due to the unknown speed of the racers – we basically follow the route back from Almaden to Mareeba with plenty of opportunities to see the action along the way.

Just use the Booking Button  on the right hand side of the page to note your preferred tour/package and let us do the legwork.  We will check accommodation and get back to you to confirm dates and times.

If you have any questions – of course you are always welcome to contact our friendly staff for more information.