The Gulf Savannah is all about wetlands, grasslands and wildlife. In the gulf town of Karumba, the Outback meets the sea and marine wetlands wind their way inland. Summer’s monsoon rains bring in a flurry of birdlife and every time you wet a line a barramundi practically jumps in your boat (at least that’s what you can tell the folks back home).
The nearby town of Normanton fights it out with Karumba for the title of ‘Queensland’s best fishing spot’. Collectively, these frontier towns are known as ‘Outback by the Sea’. As you make your way across the northern tip of Queensland’s Outback you’ll see Aboriginal communities, remote cattle stations and diverse geological wonders and again, Queensland’s rich mineral wealth is evident.
In fact, the Savannahlander train journey running from Cairns across the Gulf Savannah traces a railway originally built by a wealthy mining magnate to service a gold mine. Today, it allows you to see the spectacular landscape and quirky townships from the comfort of your carriage.