Travel Route: Savannah Way

Savannah Way

For those wanting to drive through the very best of Australia take the journey from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia and experience Katherine in the Northern Territory from a whole new angle.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to see everything by allowing at least 10 days for the Northern Territory section or 20 days for the entire journey. The route is mainly sealed highway, with some stretches of gravel road, plus several challenging four-wheel drive detours to tackle.

Top 5 Things to Do

Hook a Barramundi at Borroloola
Canoe through the gorges at Nitmiluk National Park
Explore Judbarra/Gregory National Park for panoramic views over the valley below
Fly over Cape Crawford for breathtaking views of the Lost City
Relax with a dip in the pandanus-fringed Mataranka Thermal Pools
Title: Nitmiluk National Park | Copyright: Northern Territory Tourism

Nitmiluk National Park

Title: Judbarra/Gregory National Park | Copyright: Northern Territory Tourism

Judbarra/Gregory National Park


Day 1-6: Cairns to NT border

Travel: 1131km

Leave the coast behind and get amongst the Gulf country with many cattle stations and camping grounds scattered throughout the region. For four-wheel drivers enter via Normanton for a fantastic adventure or take it easy on the track via Camooweal.

Day 7-8: NT Border to Borroloola

Travel: 262km

Drive through the Barkly Tablelands and head through the Gulf of Carpentaria where paperbark woodlands will guide you through. Stop overnight and take in the sounds of wild frogs and birds.

Day 9: Borroloola

Travel: 0km

If you’re a fan of amazing fishing Borroloola is an absolute must. Take on the local Barramundi on a day’s fishing or at Caranbirini Conservation Reserve, just 46km south, take one of the three walking tracks for great views and excellent bird watching.

Day 10: Borroloola to Cape Crawford

Travel: 100km

Hop in a chopper and fly through the iconic Lost City and walk amongst the giant sandstone pillars through the fly-in tours. If you’re happy on four wheels check out the smaller Lost Cities IN Caranbirini and Limmen National Parks. Finish the day by cooling off in Poppy’s Pool.

Day 11: Cape Crawford to Roper Bar / Daly Waters

Travel: 374-387km

For 4WDs – Head north to Roper Bar for amazing fishing and stay the night at the new Munililla camp ground

For 2WDs – Head straight to Daly Waters and immerse yourself in Australia’s war and exploration history. Meet some colourful locals at the Daly Waters Historical Pub for a memorable stay.

Day 12: Daly Waters to Mataranka

Travel: 167km

Head to Mataranka and experience nature’s spa in the therapeutic waters of the Mataranka Thermal Pools. For those looking to take in more sights, go for an easy stroll through Elsey National Park.

Day 13: Mataranka to Katherine

Travel: 106km

Driving north, stop at Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine and jump right on in to a number of exciting activities including walking trails, canoeing, scenic helicopter flights or guided cultural boat cruises through Katherine Gorge.

Day 14: Katherine to Judbarra/Gregory National Park

Travel: 286km

Station yourself at Victoria River Roadhouse and have great fishing and walking trails at your fingertips. Take in stunning panoramic views of the amazing river and valley below on the Escarpment Lookout Walk.

Day 15: Timber Creek to Kununurra

Travel: 228km

Discover the rich history of the Bullita Homestead through the network of four-wheel drive tracks. Or explore the fascinating walks, cattle station history and campgrounds. Accomodation is also available at Timber Creek, Top Springs and Victoria River.

Day 16-20: Kununurra to Broome

Travel: 1043km

Only a short 3km before the border to Western Australia is the beautiful Keep National Park that has amazing bushwalking tracks that allow you to discover similar sandstone landforms to the Bungle Bungles. Be sure to see the traditional Aboriginal rock art too before continuing on your journey to Western Australia.

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