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Savannah Way

Load up the 4WD and hit the Savannah Way to experience this journey-of-a-lifetime across the vast Australian continent.

Make your way through the Australian tropics along the incredible 3700km route, from Cairns in Queensland, through the Northern Territory, and on to Broome in Western Australia.

Camp out under the stars, travel across changing tropical and savannah landscapes, and explore some of the 15 national parks and five World Heritage-listed areas along the way. Visit outback towns and see ancient rock art, take in the famous ‘Lost City’, or head off on a fishing trip around the wetlands.

Race to the border

Leave behind the rainforest and surf of the Cairns’ coast and head through World Heritage-listed Barron Gorge National Park to the NT border. Be sure to check out the volcanic geology of the Atherton Tablelands en route.

Inland and out

Spend a day of fishing around the Sir Edward Pellew Islands and the mangrove-wetlands at the mouth of the McArthur River (remember to be Crocwise). Turn inland to check out ancient Indigenous rock art at the Caranbirini Conservation Reserve and then marvel at the famous sandstone outcrops of the ‘Lost City’.

A novel idea

Have a soak in the thermal pools in the town of Mataranka, the setting for the famous Australian novel, We of the Never Never. Hit the four-wheel drive tracks and walking trails of Judburra/Gregory National Park to see boab trees and dramatic sandstone escarpments. Cross the border into Western Australia and make your way to Broome across the rugged and beautiful Kimberly region passing local highlights, Lake Argyle and the Bungle Bungles.

Take your time

The Savannah Way is a four-wheel drive journey that traverses rugged and challenging country. Plan to spend at least 15 days for the Northern Territory section. If you want to take the whole trip, which runs from Cairns to Broome (3700km), you will need to allow at least 20 days.

More information

For more information about the Savannah Way, the following website can help you with maps, safety information and much more.

The Savannah Way

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Suggested itinerary




Days 1-6

Cairns to the Northern Territory border


Days 7-8

NT border to Borroloola


Day 9


Day 10

Borroloola to Cape Crawford


Day 11

Cape Crawford to Roper Bar


Day 12

Roper Bar to Mataranka


Day 13

Mataranka to Katherine


Day 14

Katherine to Judbarra/Gregory National Park


Day 15

Timber Creek to Kununurra


Days 16-20

Kununurra to Broome


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