We have just returned from the most wonderful trip - A four day 'outback odyssey' on the Savannahlander from Cairns to Cobbold Gorge, the Lava Tubes and Chillagoe where we stayed on each of the three nights but the highlight of the trip were our drivers, commentators and all round entertainers Leigh and Anthony. They are the consummate travel professionals who kept us laughing and interested the whole way. They created a relaxed atmosphere, were discrete in the way they rounded us up (I never felt organized) and didn't worry too much about the time table yet we arrived on time at every destination. I was puzzled that there were only 11 of us who set out from Cairns on day one but soon realized that this was because we picked up an assortment of passengers along the way. At our first morning tea stop the local kindergarten came on board for a short ride. What a delight. We also had other passengers who came along for parts of the journey and by the time we returned to Cairns we were almost full. Along the way if things of interest came up Leigh or Anthony would just stop the train for a photo and on the way back we were 'held up' by a 10 year old Ned Kelly one of a trackside family of 8 children who performed for passengers for their holiday money. Other highlights were the morning tea in the creek bed and the prearranged lunches and morning teas provided by locals who all came to greet us with their own special brand of hospitality. Cant stop raving about this trip. It is a must do.
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