Queensland Rail

  • Route: Cairns - Forsayth
  • Duration: 16 hours over 2 days
  • Distance: 423 kilometres
  • Frequency: Three times weekly + additional service to Townsville
  • Special needs: Wheelchair access, Dietary needs

About the Savannahlander

The Savannahlander is a classic 1960 Rail Motor which travels between Cairns and Forsayth, giving passengers one of the great rail experiences of the world as it rattles its way from the coast, up the scenic Kuranda Railway, through World Heritage listed rainforests, the through the savannah to outback Australia. "The Silver Bullet" as the train is affectionately known, was state-of-the-art when it was brought into service. Now it reflects the pace and grace of a by-gone era, while at the same time offering a unique experience to people adventurous enough to make the journey.

This grand-old-lady travels at a sedate 50 kph, and stops at suitable locations for the driver to make a billy of tea, or to point out interesting landscape features to the passengers. The trip can take between two and four days, depending on which side trips passengers elect to do along the way.

For "the locals" of the outback, the Savannahlander is still a vital communications link, while for the fortunate visitor to the region, it offers a unique rail experience, and an insight into one of the most diverse and fascinating regions of Australia.

The Savannahlander is operated by Cairns Kuranda Steam Train Limited. 

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Reservation enquiries

Within Australia: 07 4036 9333
International: +61 7 4036 9333


Online bookings for the Savannahlander

Booking enquiries for the Savannahlander can be made at our Queensland Rail website.

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