...leaving is another matter! Only six hours drive from Cairns or Townsville, Cobbold Gorge is easy to access yet is missed by many who do not know of its hidden natural treasures. Whether you come by train, plane or automobile, making your way to the heart of the Gulf Savannah to experience the outback wonder of Cobbold Gorge is no hassle.
Regardless of what route is taken, most conventional vehicles will handle the journey to Cobbold Gorge with ease, including those towing caravans. (Road conditions are subject to change so please ensure you contact us or the Etheridge Shire Council for up-to-date road conditions.)
Travel by sealed road from Cairns, west along the Kennedy Highway through the picturesque Atherton Tableland to Mount Garnet. From here, the famous Savannah Way continues via the Gulf Developmental Road to Mt Surprise and then onto Georgetown. From Georgetown, head south to Forsayth. Of the 42 kilometres of road between Georgetown and Forsayth there are only 7 kilometres unsealed, with a further 43km of formed gravel road from Forsayth to Cobbold Village. This gravel road is maintained by the Etheridge Shire Council from Forsayth to the front gates of Cobbold Gorge Village.
There is an alternate route! If you take the 'shortcut' road, which leaves the highway between Mt Surprise and Georgetown, this will bring you to Cobbold Gorge via Einasleigh and Forsayth.
Travel from Townsville 143 kms along the Hervey Range Road, spot deer and wallabies along this scenic route. Turn Right onto the Gregory Development Roadfor 160kms to The Lynd Junction. Turn left 3kms passing the Oasis Roadhouse, then turn right onto the Einasleigh Road which is 76kms of formed gravel (dirt) road. From Einasleigh to Forsayth is another 67kms of mostly sealed road through the beautiful Newcastle ranges. From Forsayth follow the directional signage 43kms to Cobbold Village.
If you're coming via Hughenden follow the Hann Highway to the Lynd Junction/Oasis Roadhouse. From The Lynd to Cobbold Gorge via Einasleigh and Forsayth is approx 185km of which 145km is gravel.
From Charters Towers, take the Gregory Developmental Road to the Lynd Junction.
Day Tours from Forsayth are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to October. Departing Goldfields Hotel 10am to Cobbold Gorge and includes: transfers, lunch, 3 hour Gorge Tour. Bookings essential.
Visitors on a tight timeline may choose to fly in, landing at Forsayth on the sealed 1.5km all weather strip. Cooridinates are S18 35 E143 34. Transfers can be arranged with prior notice.
Organised extended tours are another great way to discover the North Queensland outback. Climb aboard the Savannahlander or a comfortable coach for the ultimate outback Queensland rail or road adventure.
So many outback holiday tours include Cobbold Gorge as a 'must see' destination. Each offers its own unique itinerary with various departure points and durations - it is really only a matter of picking which best suits you.
To make the most of your North Queensland outback holiday, contact us for friendly advice on accommodation, tours, self-drive options, activities to suit children and other useful tips about visiting the area. A minimum stay of three days is recommended to fully appreciate what's on offer around Cobbold Gorge, but allow a few days more to explore more of the Gulf Savannah's diverse natural wonders.
Cobbold Gorge is closed to visitors during the wet season between November 1 and March 28.