Forsayth is in outback Queensland, between Cairns the tourist capital of Queensland, and the fishing mecca of Karumba. This historic township was once paved in gold and a central part of the Etheridge Goldfields in the 1870s. Prospectors flocked to Forsayth, able to find Nugget gold on the ground without the need for expensive equipment and mining. Take the time to look around, as there may still be some to be found.
There’s lots of things to see and do in Forsayth. Highlights include visiting Cashamore Park and its historical display, opposite Goldfields Hotel, and the old Forsayth jail lock-up. Watch the arrival and departure of the Savannahlander Train, which comes in Thursday afternoon and departs Friday morning. Explore the Forsayth hospital gardens and visit the historic Charlston Cemetery.
The Forsayth climate is comfortable, ranging from up to 40 degrees in summer and down to 5 degrees in winter. Although the summer can be hot, it is more comfortable than on the coast, as there is not the humidity of the tropics. Winter can be quite cool in the early mornings and generally results in near perfect days. Visitation by tourists is largely seasonal, during the winter months. This is due to road access and potential flooding in the summer ‘wet’ season. The wet season usually begins in December and lasts through until March/April with the wettest month being February. The annual rainfall is around 800mm. The town can be regularly isolated by flood waters for short periods during the wet season. If you are travelling during November to March, please check the latest weather conditions before coming.
The Australian Gulf Savannah occupies about a quarter of the continent, around 1.9 million square kilometres! Spanning 19 different bioregions across 2 mainland states and 1 territory, the tropical savannahs might at first glance seen to be a vast and empty land.
On closer inspection, the Gulf Savannah region is dotted with unique geological formations and features that make up one of the most unique landscapes in the world. It attracts visitors, film makers and artists from far and wide, all drawn to the region by its immense beauty and clear light, they find inspiration around every corner. The Gulf Savannah region contains a wealth of things to see and do, whether you are on the road for a day, week, month or even a year.
Savannah Guides are your experts. These protectors and interpreters of the outback will enrich your visitor experience, leaving you in awe of the beauty and story of this land through which you pass. There are Savannah Guide Sites and Stations throughout the Gulf Savannah region, each offering a unique visitor experience. More information on the attractions and features of the Gulf Savannah region can be found at the following websites. Unearth Etheridge | Tropical North Queensland | Tourism Queensland | Savannah Way | Gulf Savannah Development | Queensland Parks and Wildlife | Savannah Guides