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Savannah Guides School
Undara Experience
26-29 March 2015
“Story Telling in Savannah Landscapes”
Savannah Guides invites you to Undara Experience in
Queensland’s Gulf Savannah for our next Savannah Guides
School. This four day workshop will look at how we can tell
the stories of this dramatic volcanic landscape and its
changing plant communities and wildlife.
Our School base at Undara Experience is a Savannah
Guides heartland celebrating 25 years of operation. We’ll
visit Tallaroo Hot Springs and the Ewamian Rangers, the
Undara Crater and Bedrock Village.
Please join us at the Undara Savannah Guides School for some
fascinating field study, interactive professional development, a
welcoming network of old and new friends and a lot of fun!
The Gulf Savannah Tourism Futures Conference will be held
on Friday 27 March with our partner Savannah Way Limited.
Conference participants are welcome to register for any additional
days of the Savannah Guides School.
Savannah Guides Limited develops the skills and careers of tour guides. It is a non-profit, member based network of
Tour Guides and Operators that works with its partners to support “Protectors and Interpreters of the Outback”.
Savannah Guides Limited began in 1988 and has won numerous tourism awards for training and tourism services.
Our activities build sustainable tourism businesses for regional community benefit, expand career opportunities for
Tour Guides and enhance visitor experiences. Our members include accredited guides and enterprises as well as
“Friends” who assist in our Mission or just have a good time with like-minded people. For more details see
A Savannah Guides “School” is not a course with assessment or a qualification. It’s simply our name for professional
development conferences, held at various locations across Northern Australia twice each year. They are a part of our
Tour Guide accreditation process, although most participants come for the open knowledge and skill sharing,
networking with ecotourism and community leaders and enjoying a fascinating part of the country in more detail.
Members and non-members are very welcome.
Schools are a great opportunity for any Tour Guide, tourism
industry member, government or community representative
or nature lover to gain a real insight into quality tourism
operation. Our participants will include tourism businesses
and organisations, tour guides, environmental specialists,
traditional owners, local government representatives and
land managers. The professional development opportunity
provided at these Schools is unparalleled and the renowned
Savannah Guides camaraderie is often the basis for valuable
ongoing business and personal relationships. Build your
network links with Savannah Guides.
Please join us for this memorable and informative School and pass this information to your networks.
Further Information available after 1 February:
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The Undara Savannah Guides School will provide valuable skills training around telling the stories of
the savannah landscape. We’ll look at the formation of the landscape, traditional knowledge, plant
identification, conservation and of course some fun twitching.
Wednesday 25 March 2015
Optional early arrival at Undara Experience to check in
or set up camp. Welcome drinks and optional BBQ at
the Saloon Car (dinner and drinks at own expense).
Thursday 26 March 2015
Welcomes, Savannah Issues
 7.00am Optional Bush Breakfast.
 8:00am Registration at the Saloon Car.
 9:00am School Opening and Welcomes.
 Professor Bruce Prideaux of James Cook University
will discuss regional tourism research insights.
 The Australian Herbarium will discuss the
development of a Savanna Plants Key.
 School Twitchathon – join our fun bird spotting
competition to build your birding skills.
 An afternoon walk through transitional habitats will
focus on plant identification, traditional bush
knowledge and thematic story telling.
 Learn about changes to land tenure in the
Queensland bush with Kevin Allen.
 Mike Digby of Northern Gulf Resource Management
Group will explain the GIS Mapping and Spacial
Awareness programs in the Gulf Savannah.
 QPWS Sponsored Dinner at Fettlers Iron Pot Bistro.
Friday 27 March 2015
Undara Crater: Tour Guiding Activities
 Join an optional “Bird Watching for Guides” session
with Ivor Davies.
 Field trip to Undara Crater, the eruption source of
the world’s longest and largest lava tubes. Hear the
interpretation of a leading Geologist, QPWS land
managers and other specialists.
 Participate in a creative story-telling exercise to
discover some of the ways to explain natural events.
 Tonight one of our favourite sessions – a look at the
night sky with Savannah Guide Jim Fitzgerald
Gulf Savannah
Tourism Futures Conference
On Friday 27 March this important regional
planning workshop will welcome TEQ, TTNQ,
Gulf Shire Councils and operators from across
the region. Relevant strategic plans will be
examined and local input gathered to direct the
Gulf Savannah’s ongoing Marketing and
Experience Development activity.
Enterprise owners and managers and tourism
stakeholders are welcome to join this vital
planning day in the Undara Conference Room.
Tourism Futures Conference participants are
welcome to register for any of the other days of
the Savannah Guides School.
Saturday 28 March 2015
Tallaroo and Mount Surprise
 Optional Early Morning Birdwatching.
 After Bush Breakfast we’ll drive to Tallaroo Station to
see how the Ewamian Rangers are rehabilitating the
landscape and planning for tourism business.
 Discuss the Responsible Tourism perspectives of the
development of Tallaroo Station.
 Hear about Fire Management in the region.
 Enjoy Lunch at Skull Camp.
 Visit Bedrock Village Caravan Park, a Savannah
Guides Site and award winning travellers’ stop.
 Joe Lockyer will discuss the importance of
community conservation and the Northern Gulf
Resource Management Group.
 Return to Undara for a final party night when we’ll
bring out the guitars, didges, ukes, spoons and
voices for a jam.
Sunday 29 March 2015
Lava Tubes Tour and General Meeting
 Optional Early Morning Birdwatching.
 Bush Breakfast with the Kookaburras.
 Lava Tubes Tour with Undara Guides examining the
history of the National Park and the amazing
underground formations.
 Enterprise Managers are welcome to join a session
about our new “Supporters” category and building
social media awareness.
 Savannah Guides General Meeting is open to all.
Members will be discussing a range of strategic
 Twitchathon Results and Prizes.
 Depart Undara Experience after lunch.
Program Disclaimer: The speakers, topics and schedule are correct
at time of printing. Savannah Guides Ltd reserves the right to change
the schedule without notice should unforeseen circumstances arise.
REGISTRATION FORM – Undara Experience – 26-29 March 2015
Please send your Registration Form and payment to Savannah Guides. Registration closes Friday 20 March 2014.
Accommodation must be booked separately with Undara Experience – see form below.
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Your Registration Fee includes participation in all School presentations, workshops and activities; transport to field
activities and participant kit; all meals from Morning Tea on Thu 26 March to Lunch on Sun 29 March 2015. The
Registration Fee does not include accommodation. Book accommodation separately with Undara Experience below.
Full School Registration – Non-Members
Full School Registration – Members
(Thu / Fri / Sat / Sun) $475
(Thu / Fri / Sat / Sun) $395
Single Day Rate – Non-Members
Single Day Rate – Members
Gulf Savannah Tourism Futures Conference
$ 80
If Single Day Rate please indicate your
arrival and departure day and time for
catering purposes: Day: _____________
Non-Member Brochure / Merchandise in the School Participant Kit
Half Page Advertisement in the School Program
Morning or Afternoon Tea / Lunch / Dinner Sponsorship
$ _____
$ 50
$ _____
$ _____
Please tick and complete your payment method below. Cancellation administration fee $50 per person.
___ Direct Deposit: Account Name: Savannah Guides Ltd BSB: 034-167 Account No: 47-1141
To help identify your deposit please complete the reference field on your transfer with your surname. Please
also email [email protected] to advise us of your payment.
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___ Cheque/Money Order: Please make your cheque or money order payable to Savannah Guides Ltd
and mail with your registration form to Savannah Guides, PO Box 2312 CAIRNS QLD 4870.
___ My enterprise will be paying. Please send a tax invoice.
Please email to [email protected] or fax (07) 4035 4188 or PO Box 2312 CAIRNS QLD 4870
Note that our office is not open during January – confirmations will be sent in February.
Undara Experience Savannah Guides School
School Registration must be made separately with Savannah Guides – see form above.
Please send your completed Booking Form (this page only) direct to Undara Experience.
Their Reservation Staff will then be in contact with you.
Contact Ph No:
Arrival Date:
Departure Date:
Number of Guests: Adults:
Cancellation Policy:
30 days or more
29 – 21 days
20 – 14 days
13 – 7 days
Less than 7days
Payment fully refunded
25% of payment forfeited
50% of payment forfeited
75% of payment forfeited
Entire payment forfeited
Accommodation Preference (Please Check Box):
Pioneer Huts
Railway Carriage
Swag Tent
Camp Site
Powered Van Site
Second preference: ________________________________________________________
Booking Procedure:
1. Please send your completed form to Undara Experience by either:
a) E-mail to [email protected]
b) Fax to 07 4097 1955
c) Post to Undara Experience, C/- Mount Surprise Post Office, Mount Surprise, QLD, 4871
2. On receipt of Booking Form, Undara Experience will E-mail / Fax/ Post a confirmation letter
3. Full pre-payment required at time of Reservation
Please note that your booking request is subject to availability. One of our team members will be in
contact with you as soon as possible to advise you of your reservation status and process payment.
Full pre-payment is required.
Pioneer Huts - $170 per night
Nestled in the Savannah Woodland, yet close to Undara Central, is Undara Experience’s latest accommodation
development embracing modern day initiatives to ensure they perfectly suit the Undara brand. The Pioneer Huts
are fully air-conditioned with bathrooms and a private veranda perfect for relaxing or wildlife spotting allowing you
to immerse yourself in this Outback landscape in complete comfort.
One Queen bed and One Sofa bed
Linen included
Air Conditioning
Tea & Coffee making facilities
Room Fridge
Railway Carriages – From $75 - $165 per night
Beautifully restored turn of the century Railway Carriages are our award winning and most unique style of
accommodation. The carriages are set along an original Cobb & Co. coach road, shaded by tall trees and
surrounded by native Australian wildlife.
25 rooms (53 beds) – single through to family rooms
Linen included
Insect screens
Shared bathroom facilities
6 Ensuite Doubles available
Easy access room and bathroom
Double Ensuite:
Standard Double / Twin:
Standard Family (2A,2Ch):
Standard Single:
$ 75.00
Please note that your booking request is subject to availability. One of our team members will be in
contact with you as soon as possible to advise you of your reservation status and process payment.
Full pre-payment is required.
Swags Tent Village - From $43 - $122 per night
Like camping without roughing it? Then our Swags Tent Village is ideal. Large and comfortable permanent tents
in a shady bush setting.
20 tents (84 beds) – Twin, Quad, 6 person and Family Tents
Central amenities with hot and cold water
Practical undercover camp kitchen with hot and cold water
Free gas barbecue, fridge, electric hotplates, picnic tables and chairs
Electric light, insect screens, beds/mattresses, cooler box
Quad, 6 Person and Family Tents have their own convenience area with fridge, sink and power point
Linen available for hire
No cooking utensils are supplied however kits are available for hire
6 Person:
Linen Hire:
Cooking Kits:
$ 43 per night
$ 95 per night
$122 per night
$122 per night
$ 10 per person per stay
$ 10 per stay
Outback Caravan Park and Camp Ground
Rejuvenate in the peace and quiet surrounded by natural bush and abundant wildlife.
28 Powered Sites (21 Drive-Through, 7 Reverse-In)
23 Unpowered Drive-Up Camp Sites
Central Amenities Block with hot and cold water
Individual Campfire pits/barbeques
Firewood available for purchase at Reception
Un-Powered Site
$ 9.50
 Adult:
$ 9.50
Please note that your booking request is subject to availability. One of our team members will be in
contact with you as soon as possible to advise you of your reservation status and process payment.
Full pre-payment is required.