The Savannah Way

The Savannah Way links Cairns in Queensland and Broome in Western Australia. The drive crosses the Northern Territory, and passes through five World Heritage listed areas and the offers some of most spectacular sights northern Australia has to offer.

Days One to Seven - Cairns to Hell's Gate

Head west through tropical north Queensland to the Northern Territory border.

Day Eight - Hell's Gate to Borroloola (265 kilometres)

Cross the border from Queensland into the Northern Territory and head for the town of Borroloola, a popular place for fishing trips.

Day Nine - Borroloola to Lorella Springs (240 kilometres)

Travel from Borroloola to Lorella Springs Tourist Park via Cape Crawford. There is a Lost City tour available with Cape Crawford Tourism. Stay overnight at one of the area's cattle stations with camping facilities.

Day 10 - Lorella Springs to Roper Bar (266 kilometres)

Enjoy a tour of Lorella Springs’ rock formations, escarpments, chasms, gorges and wetland swamps teeming with wildlife. After relaxing in the natural thermal spring, head to Roper Bar, a great base fishing.

Day 11 - Roper Bar to Daly Waters (340 kilometres)

Head for Daly Waters (via Mataranka). Take a dip in the palm-fringed thermal pools of Rainbow and Bitter Springs. Stay overnight at a pub or wayside inn.

Day 12 - Daly Waters to Limestone Gorge (470 kilometres)

Drive to Limestone Gorge to spend the night camping under the stars at Gregory National Park - access can be restricted during the wet season.

Day 13 - Limestone Gorge to Bullo River Station (260 kilometres)

Travel to Bullo River Station via Timber Creek. Bullo River is a quintessential Northern Territory cattle station – a half-a-million acre property with plenty of wildlife. Watch the stockmen at work in the cattle yards, take a ride in the hovercraft to a remote fishing location, visit the station's gorge or view Indigenous rock art. Accommodation is in the station's comfortable homestead.

Day 14 - Bullo River to Kununurra (260 kilometres)

Explore beautiful Bullo River before driving to Kununurra in Western Australia. Stop at Keep River National Park along the way to go bushwalking through Keep River Gorge to view ancient Indigenous rock art.

Days 15 to 20

Spend the last leg of the journey exploring Western Australia. Visit the modern township of Kununurra, including the vast inland sea of Lake Argyle, the largest operating diamond mine in the southern hemisphere (Argyle Diamond Mine) and the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range). Travel via the Great Northern Hwy through Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek to the cosmopolitan coastal town of Broome (1046 kilometres). 

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