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two women sitting on the rocks at Keep river national park

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.

Start in Katherine


Day 1

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  • Victoria River

    Victoria River

    Judbarra Gregory National Park

    Known as Victoria River, Victoria River Crossing and the Victoria River Roadhouse, this tiny settlement is located on the Victoria Highway 194 kilometres west of Katherine.

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  • Escarpment Walk

    Escarpment Walk

    Judbarra Gregory National Park
    See & do

    Located in the eastern section of the Judbarra / Gregory National Park, the three kilometre loop Escarpment Walk provides panoramic views of the Victoria River Valley with its soaring red escarpments.

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    Katherine accommodationView 41 options

Day 2

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  • Timber Creek

    Timber Creek

    Judbarra Gregory National Park

    Situated on the doorstep of Gregory National Park in the Katherine region, the township of Timber Creek is a traveller’s oasis.

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    Katherine accommodationView 41 options

Day 3

Day 4

Finish in Keep River National Park


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