Russell Boswell, Manager Savannah Way Ltd says the dry season is underway in northern Australia signalling the best time to explore the wonders of The Savannah Way. Sealed 2WD routes lead to Undara Lava Tubes, historic Croydon, the incredible Gulflander Train, Kakadu National Park and classic towns of the Kimberley including Halls Creek and Broome.
For those in 4WD mode the menu opens up to offer Cobbold Gorge, Lawn Hill Gorge, Lorella Springs and the Gibb River Road. Find out more at www.savannahway.com.au and get packing
The Savannah Way from Cairns to the Northern Territory border is rich with natural wonders and the Top End route is passable to all vehicles including caravans during the dry season, generally late April to early October.
Please check road reports, especially during the wet season from December to April.
Roads are often closed for long periods over these months depending on river heights and road damage.
The Queensland end from Cairns to the NT border is just a section or the entire route.
It passes through an amazingly diverse and spectacular landscape.
These range from wide horizons to ancient gorges, rock pools, hot springs, and abundant wildlife.
From Cairns and the World Heritage Listed reef and rainforest, the Savannah Way winds its way up through the Atherton Tablelands.
The it opens out on the endless horizons of the Gulf Savannah and the Northern Territory.
The Savannah Way may be one of the nation's ultimate adventure drives, but is suitable for both 4WD and 2WD vehicles depending on the route chosen.
From Cairns explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Listed rainforest and townships of the Atherton Tablelands, before heading west to the Gulf Savannah. The accredited information centres in Mareeba, Atherton, and Ravenshoe provide expert information on the area, its history and people.
Take a detour along the Wheelbarrow Way from Mareeba and step back in time through Chillagoe's two-million-year-old limestone caves or the 120-year-old Tyrconnell gold mine and historic cemetery and rejoin the Savannah Way just west of Mt Garnet.
Back on the Savannah Way, stop and revive at the Innot Hot Springs, before arriving at the Undara Lava Tubes. This natural wonder can only be accessed through the Undara Lava Lodge and tours are conducted by highly trained Savannah Guides.
The Savannah Way touring experience stretches across northern Australia, from Cairns in Queensland via Borroloola and Katherine in the Northern Territory to Broome in Western Australia.
Highlights include tiny historical townships, cattle stations, gorges, natural springs and waterholes, roadside campsites, fishing hot spots and spectacular national parks.
The route of about 3700km officially opened in May 2004.
It is described as the ultimate, unique self-drive adventure. It is an easy to follow route that includes clear signage, interpretive displays, maps and brochures, as well as a comprehensive visitor information centre network for travellers.
Heading west from Queensland into the NT, the Savannah Way strings the Outback towns of Borroloola, Daly Waters, Larrimah, Mataranka, Katherine and Timber Creek together en route to Western Australia.
There are spectacular National Parks along the Savannah Way that warrant at least a few days exploration.
Tempting as it might be to stop by the side of the road and take a swim in one of the rivers, think otherwise as they are inhabited by both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. Many areas are signposted, however, this is not always the case, so don't rely on that.
Check the road reports before taking off during the wet season (December – April).
Phone: 1300 130 595 for a 24-hour road report in Qld or visit www.racq.com.au
Phone: 1800 246 199 for a 24-hour road report in NT or visit www.roadreport.nt.gov.au
Phone: 1800 013 314 for a 24-hour road report in WA or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
You might also like: