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The Savannah Way 20 day itinerary

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The Savannah Way 20 day itinerary

Hit the Savannah Way with your four-wheel drive and camping and fishing gear. This once-in-a-lifetime tour will take you from Cairns, Queensland, to Broome, Western Australia, via the savannah vistas of the Northern Territory. Although there are some long stretches of gravel road and four-wheel drive trails, the route primarily follows a sealed highway.

Day 1 - 6: Cairns to NT Border (1,131km)

Get away from the shore and head to the gulf region, where you'll find cattle ranches, camping areas, and outback people eager to meet you.

Day 7 - 8: NT border to Borroloola (262km)

Travel to the Gulf of Carpentaria for excellent fishing and wildlife viewing. Make a pit stop at Seven Emu Ranch, a true Australian outback cattle station where you can enjoy camping, fishing, birdwatching, and Aboriginal culture.

Gulf Of Carpentaria
Gulf Of Carpentaria, Numburindi NT, Australia

Day 9: Borroloola

Borroloola is a must-visit destination for anglers. Explore the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands or catch an outstanding Barramundi. Caranbirini Conservation Reserve, located 46 kilometers south of Borroloola, offers breathtaking views and good bird viewing opportunities.

Borroloola
Borroloola NT, Australia

Day 10: Borroloola to Cape Crawford (100km)

Chopper tours of the Lost City are available. The fly-in trips also include access to the ground, allowing visitors to wander amid the massive sandstone pillars. Caranbirini and Limmen National Parks have smaller areas of the Lost City that may be explored by automobile. Paddle Poppy's Pool, located 70 kilometers away at Bauhinia Downs Station, to unwind in the crystal clear 27-degree water.

Caranbirini Conservation Reserve
Caranbirini Conservation Reserve, McArthur NT, Australia

Day 11: Cape Crawford to Roper Bar/Daly Waters (374/387km)

Travel north to Roper Bar on the tidal pandanus-fringed Roper River for more superb fishing activity and spend the night at the Munbililla (Tomato Island) camp ground for a four-wheel drive trip. Visit Daly Waters for an alternative sealed route and to learn about Australia's war and exploration history. The always fascinating Daly Waters Historical Pub is open for a cold drink and an outback dinner.

Daly Waters Historic Pub
Daly Waters Historic Pub, Stuart Street, Daly Waters NT, Australia

Day 12: Roper Bar/Daly Waters to Mataranka (183/168km)

Head to Mataranka, about 400km from Darwin, and plunge into the thermal pools and crystal clear streams that lay among the huge palm trees, including Mataranka Thermal Pools and the lesser renowned Bitter Springs. Alternatively, go for a stroll around Elsey National Park.

Elsey National Park
Elsey National Park, Stuart Hwy, Mataranka NT, Australia
Mataranka
Mataranka NT, Australia

Day 13: Mataranka to Katherine (106km)

Head north to Nitmiluk National Park near Katherine, where you may select among swimming sites, canoeing, spectacular helicopter flights, or a guided boat trip through Katherine Gorge, depending on your degree of activity.

Nitmiluk National Park
Nitmiluk National Park, Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT, Australia

Day 14: Katherine to Judbarra/Gregory National Park (286km)

The Victoria River Roadhouse is your starting point for beautiful experiences, including excellent fishing and walking routes through breathtaking escarpment landscape. You'll be rewarded with sweeping views of the river and valley below if you take the steep Escarpment Lookout Walk.

Judbarra / Gregory National Park
Judbarra / Gregory National Park, Victoria Highway, Gregory NT, Australia

Day 15: Timber Creek to Kununurra (228km)

Discover the history of Bullita Homestead, fascinating trails, and cattle station history by exploring the park's four-wheel drive network. Stay the night at the campground or make a reservation at Bullo River Station for a taste of outback living in Australia. Timber Creek, Top Springs, and Victoria River all have lodging options.

Bullo River Station
Bullo River Station, Victoria Hwy, Baines NT, Australia

Day 16-20: Kununurra to Broome (1043km)

Discover comparable sandstone landscapes to the Bungle Bungles on the bushwalking trails of Keep National Park, just 3km before the WA border. Before continuing your Savannah Way excursion into Western Australia, the Jinumum and Lang-Gerrbi treks are a great way to see Aboriginal rock art up close.

Broome
Broome WA, Australia
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