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Katherine to Keep River National Park5-day drive itinerary


If you’re after something a little different that allows you to see picturesque escarpments, river systems, waterfalls and outback Australia, then heading west from Katherine to explore the Victoria River region is where you need to be.

The Savannah Way travels all the way east to west from Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia (or vice-versa). This itinerary joins the route from Katherine and travels through to Keep River National Park for the best short drive getaway.

Day 1: Katherine to Victoria River region

2½ hours’ drive from Katherine is the Victoria River Roadhouse. Plan to do at least one of the walks such as Escarpment Walk or the Joe Creek Picnic Area and Nawulbinbin Walk, both are moderate walks with a few steep sections – but well worth it.

There are some great AWD land base fishing spots to maybe even snag yourself a barra. Be sure to ask at the Victoria River Roadhouse for more information. And don’t forget to register for Million Dollar Fish, just in case you catch the million dollars.

Days 2 & 3: Timber Creek

Timber Creek may be a small town in the Top End, but it sure has plenty to see and do with and without a 4WD. Take a short walk along the escarpment and view significant Aboriginal rock art. The wildlife and birdlife are prolific here and the area has a strong connection to WWII.

For the adventurous, take the Bullita Stock Route. This track requires a 4WD and spare off-road equipment. Please check with local authorities for updated road conditions.


Days 4 & 5: Keep River National Park

Continue heading west to explore the Keep River National Park. One of the Northern Territory’s best kept secrets (just 3km east of the NT/WA border). Keep River National Park has a rich Aboriginal culture with ancient rock art sites to explore, phenomenal land formations and a large diversity of birdlife.

There are plenty of local walks to choose from to explore the park at your own leisure. Some tracks do require 4WD vehicles, but most have all-vehicle access.

Optional add-on: Bullo River Station

Consider a stopover at Bullo River Station. A working cattle station that invites people to see what life is really like working off the land. Bullo River will exceed all expectations and you will be spoilt with unique and authentic experiences. There are remote waterholes, helicopter scenic flights, private picnic spots and much more.

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