Cobbold Gorge tours and accommodation are only a six-hour drive from Cairns or Townsville. 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. We’re pleased to provide all the details and options here, for your convenience and trip planning.

  • By Road from Cairns. Take the Kennedy Highway through the picturesque Atherton Tablelands travelling towards 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 8 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 Village. There is an alternate route for high clearance vehicles, 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.
  • By Road from Townsville. Drive the scenic route for 143kms along the Hervey Range Road, spotting deer and wallabies on the way. Turn right onto the Gregory Development Road and drive a further 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.
  • By Road from Hughenden & Charters Towers. 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 125km is gravel. From Charters Towers, take the Gregory Developmental Road to the Lynd Junction.

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. At the end of the road you will find excellent camping and caravanning facilities as well as a range of ensuite cabins and accommodation.

  • By Air. Visitors on a tight timeline may choose to fly in, landing at Forsayth on the sealed 1.5km all weather strip. Co-ordinates are S18 35 E143 34. Transfers can be arranged with prior notice.


Day Tours from Forsayth are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April to October. Departing Goldfields Hotel at 10am, they take you to Cobbold Village for lunch and include the 1.30pm guided Cobbold Gorge tour. They return to Forsayth at 5.30pm and the price includes all transfers. Bookings are essential. Subject to availability. Times may vary, confirmation will be provided at time of booking.

Another option is to join one of the many extended touring operations, which visit various locations across the Gulf Savannah and Tropical North Queensland. These organized tours are not operated by Cobbold Gorge Tours, but do include our fabulous destination. Each offers its own unique itinerary, with various departure points and durations, it really is 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 you really should allow a few days more to explore more of the Gulf Savannah’s diverse natural wonders. Please Note: Cobbold Gorge Tours and Village is open from 1 April (or Easter if earlier) until 31 October annually. We are closed at other times, due to access and weather.

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Cobbold Gorge is now closed

Cobbold Gorge is now closed

We’ll reopen 1 April 2022

Cobbold Gorge is closed over summer, however you still have the opportunity to organise your 2022 Cobbold trip for an amazing outback adventure. It’s easy, simply book now.

If you have any queries, please email us or phone 07 4062 5470 (please note our office is staffed for limited hours).

Enjoy the festive break and we look forward to welcoming you next year.


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