The Savannah Way 20-day itinerary
Pack up the four-wheel drive with camping and fishing gear, and hit the Savannah Way. This journey of a lifetime will take you from Cairns in Queensland through the savannah landscapes of the Northern Territory and on to Broome in the West.
The route follows a mostly sealed highway although there are some long stretches of gravel road and four-wheel drive trails to take.
Day 1–6: Cairns to NT Border (1,131km)
Escape the coast and explore the gulf country with cattle stations, camping grounds and outback characters waiting to meet you.
Day 7–8: NT border to Borroloola (262km)
Head through to the Gulf of Carpentaria for great fishing and nature watching. Make a stop at Seven Emu Station a genuine Australian outback cattle station, and enjoy camping, fishing, birdwatching and Aboriginal culture on this genuine outback cattle station.
Day 9: Borroloola
Borroloola is a must-do for fishing enthusiasts. Land an iconic Barramundi or explore the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands. Explore Caranbirini Conservation Reserve just 46km south of Borroloola for stunning views and excellent bird watching.
Day 10: Borroloola to Cape Crawford (100km)
Explore the iconic Lost City by chopper. The fly-in tours also offer on-the-ground access to walk among the giant sandstone pillars. Smaller sections of the Lost City can be accessed by vehicle in Caranbirini and Limmen National Parks.
Just 70km away at Bauhinia Downs Station, you can paddle Poppy’s Pool to relax in the crystal clear 27°C water.
Day 11: Cape Crawford to Roper Bar/Daly Waters (374/387km)
For four-wheel drive route, travel north to Roper Bar, on the tidal pandanus-fringed Roper River for more spectacular fishing action and stay the night at the Munbililla (Tomato Island) camp ground.
For an alternative sealed route, head to Daly Waters and check out Australia’s war and exploration history. Call in for a cool drink and outback meal at the always entertaining Daly Waters Historical Pub.
Day 12: Roper Bar/Daly Waters to Mataranka (183/168km)
For sealed and unsealed routes, head to Mataranka, just 400km from Darwin. Plunge into the thermal pools and crystal clear streams including Mataranka Thermal Pool and the lesser-known Bitter Springs, that sit among the massive palm trees. Or take an easy stroll through Elsey National Park.
Day 13: Mataranka to Katherine (106km)
Head north to explore Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine and choose your level of adventure: swimming spots, canoeing, scenic helicopter flights or take a guided boat cruise through Katherine Gorge.
Day 14: Katherine to Judbarra/Gregory National Park (286km)
Victoria River Roadhouse is your gateway to scenic adventures with great fishing and walking trails through stunning escarpment scenery. Meander up the rocky Escarpment Lookout Walk and be rewarded with panoramic views of the river and valley below.
Day 15: Timber Creek to Kununurra (228km)
Explore the park’s four-wheel drive network to discover the history of Bullita Homestead, fascinating walks, cattle station history. Stay the night in the campground, or call ahead and visit Bullo River Station for a real taste of Australian outback station life. Accommodation is also available at Timber Creek, Top Springs and Victoria River.
Day 16–20: Kununurra to Broome (1043km)
Explore the bushwalking tracks of Keep National Park, just 3km before the WA border, to discover similar sandstone landforms to the Bungle Bungles. The Jinumum and Lang-Gerrbi walks are a good chance to view Aboriginal rock art up close before you continue your Savannah Way adventure into Western Australia.