Ah, the great Northern Outback, an untamed expanse of red earth, grass plains and arid landscapes, dotted by old mining towns with their typical Aussie bush pubs. And there is no better way to experience the vastness and majesty of the Tropical North Queensland Outback than by joining any of the numerous Outback Tours that we present you on this page! Discover the fabulous Undara Lava Tubes and Cobbold Gorge, embark on a train journey like no other or admire this amazing land from the air...The Outback is a truly unforgettable experience!
SCROLL DOWN FOR A VERY COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ALL THE COMPANIES OFFERING OUTBACK TOURS IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND. TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT EACH ONE OF THE OUTBACK DESTINATIONS, CLICK ON THE LINK ON THE RIGHT COLUMN.
MOUNT SURPRISE GEMS
Garland Street, Mount Surprise (MAP)
Phone (07) 4063 3055 / Fax (07) 4062 3099
Join us on a trip to our Mining Claim where you can fossick for Topaz, Aquamarine and Smoky Quartz. This tour runs every morning (8am-12am) April - September. Everything you need is supplied including morning tea.
We travel approx 42 kilometres out on gravel road either in your own vehicle or relax and travel in ours. What you find you keep. We explain and show you as much as we can then its up to you.
So come along and join in the worlds greatest healthy gamble.
The Savannahlander is a unique way to see Australia's outback. Once a week the classic 1960's rail motors head out from Cairns on their 4 day, 850km return trip to Forsayth. For much of the journey the Savannahlander has the railway line to itself and this allows passengers to experience a type of train travel that most won't have come across before. Want the driver to stop so you can take a photo? Just ask!
The Savannahlander stops overnight in three different outback towns, Almaden (Chillagoe), Mount Surprise and Forsayth, each offering the traveller something different. Where to stay overnight? There are many options from the inexpensive to the not-so inexpensive. There are side trips to be done too. You can take a tour of the famous Chillagoe caves, explore the Undara Lava Tubes or see the spectacular Cobbold Gorge.
BILLY TEA BUSH SAFARIS
Phone (07) 4032 0077
Fax (07) 4032 0055
Billy Tea Safaris is a small family owned company which run 4WD personalised day tours to the World Heritage Rainforest of Cape Tribulation, Daintree and part of the Bloomfield 4WD Track. Billy Tea also ventures west over the Great Dividing Range to an Outback town of Chillagoe, where you will step back in time to see the history of this amazing place and the ancient giant limestone karsts and limestone caves which are said to be over 400 million years old and once was the Great Barrier Reef.
Billy Tea offers Eco Tourism to both the Outback and Daintree Rainforest. Their vehicles - all custom built high clearance 4WD with extra-large viewing windows - take a maximum of 16 passengers, and are designed for passenger comfort in these rugged areas.
Billy Tea Safaris are the proud 2007 winners of the TTNQ awards as Tour and Transport Operator, and is also Advanced Eco Accredited and a Green Travel Leader. All guided are Eco Accredited and have a vast knowledge, of the history, indigenous culture, and all aspects of flora and fauna of the area. They also have a good sense of humour, are competent drivers and have extraordinary culinary skills
Undara Volcanic Park, Savannah Way (MAP)
(Near Mt Surprise)
Located on the eastern edge of the ruggedly beautiful Gulf Savannah region of northern Australia, the multi-award winning Undara Experience captures the essence of the real Australian Outback.
Undara Experience is set in thousands of square kilometres of pristine tropical savannah woodlands, within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef areas of Cairns and Townsville in Tropical North Queensland. From the Lodge, guests visit the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the longest lava flow from a single volcanic crater on Earth.
Guests have a choice of accommodation styles; specially restored antique railway carriages nestled in the Queensland bush, or a central camping area. Wherever you choose to stay, the Undara Experience includes evening wildlife spotlighting walks, campfire evenings, delicious dining featuring the region's best produce, or a quiet drink in the bar as the outback sunset fades into the clearest starlit night.
Leaving from Cairns, this 7 day / 6 night luxury 4WD tour takes in the many sights of the Atherton Tablelands before heading west to the Northern Territory and Darwin!
After a guided tour of the spectacular Undara Lava Tubes, you will continue into the outback through Mount Surprise and Georgetown to Croydon and Normanton. Enjoy an afternoon tour out to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Lawn Hill National Park is one of the highlights, and there is the option of a guided tour to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh fossil fields, before leaving Queensland for the Northern Territory.
Visit the phenomenal rock formations of the Southern Lost City in Limmen National Park. After numerous wet and dry river crossings and assorted adventures, you finally reach the famous Stuart Highway, Elsey National Park, and the thermal rock-pools of Mataranka. Your final day takes you north through Katherine and past Adelaide River and into Darwin.
CAMPBELL'S TOURS & TRAVEL
19 Marian Street, Mount Isa
Phone (07) 4743 2006 / Fax (07) 4743 6903
Experience a real working mine in a two hour tour of one of the world's largest underground mines! Campbell's Tours and Tavel operates daily surface tours of the Mount Isa mines.
COBBOLD GORGE TOURS
Cobbold Gorge, Forsayth
90 kilometres south of Georgetown
Phone (07) 4062 5470 / Fax (07) 4062 5453 Five Cobbold Gorge tours operate daily from the village and range from pure relaxation to soft adventure. Cobbold Gorge is a Savannah Guide Station and visits to the gorge are by guided tour only.
DARK TAG-A-LONG TOURS
4 Jessie Street, Irvinebank
Phone (07) 4096 4156 / Fax (07) 4096 4067
Explore sites from the early mining era. You can visit canyons, gorges, and escarpments; waterfalls in the wet season; and waterholes teeming with birdlife.
Phone (07) 4054 7750 / Fax (07) 4054 7760
Heritage Tours take guests to visit The Gulf Savannah region. The operate a seven night Gulf Savannah fully accommodated tour and a nine night camping tour, both visiting Undara, Cobbold Gorge, the Gulflander Train and Mt Surprise among other places. All tours depart from Cairns
OZ TOURS SAFARIS
Phone (07) 4055 9535 / Fax (07) 4055 9918
Oz Tours Safaris conduct four wheel drive camping and accommodated tours to Queensland's central outback, departing from Cairns. Some of the highlights of these tours are Millstream Falls, Hughenden, Mount Isa, Kronosaurus Korner, Mount Isa and Charters Towers
Phone (07) 4035 4488 / Fax (07) 4035 4188
Wilderness Challenge, leaving from Cairns or Port Douglas, operates accommodated safaris and camping safaris across the Tropical Savannahs and Rainforests of northern Australia, exploring the Gulf Savannah and the Kimberley. Private and group charters are also available.
Phone (07)4057 7905 / Fax (07) 4057 7903
On this journey see & experience the adventure of ancient Lava Tubes, sandstone & rocky gorges, limestone caves, remote cattle stations, historic towns, and sleeping under the stars in swags
RUGGED AUSSIE ADVENTURES
Phone (07) 4743 2756 / Fax (07) 4743 2749
Try an Outback Station Adventure, or take a camping tour to Lawn Hill Gorge, with its beautiful waterfalls. Fish for barramundi or black bream, go swimming or experience a multitude of bird and wildlife.