The Savannah Way
The Savannah Way is a great way to see the entire Top End of Australia, whether it be sticking to the main roads or getting off and onto the unsealed roads for some adventure,
you'll find a suitable route for what you want to see and do.
The Savannah Way commences from the coastal city of Cairns, up the mountains and through the Atherton Tablelands with its myriad of waterfalls, chocolate and cheese factories, food and wine trails, volcanic crater lakes, barramundi fishing at Lake Tinaroo, through to Mt Surprise where you'll find the famous Bedrock Village Holiday Park where you will meet the great husband and wife team, Jo & Joe. From here you can take a guided tour to the Undara Lava Tubes, onto Georgetown to see the popular Terrestrial Centre, Croydon with its rich gold history, up to Normanton, home of the Gulflander which runs to Croydon, further up for fantastic open water fishing and fresh seafood at Karumba, down to Lawn Hill with its stunning views of the gorge, Doomadgee for a top up of fuel and a bite to eat then back up to Burketown. Burketown is another popular fishing spot, and is home to the , Hells Gate
Eastern terminus of The Savannah Way and Savannahlander Train, with over 600 day tours on offer to the reef, rainforest and more. A wide range of accommodation is available. Cairns has been a tourist attraction for travellers for many decades now. Visitors come from far and wide to explore the only place on earth where two natural World Heritage listed sites – the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests – exist side by side. The town itself sits between the Coral Sea, with the reef and its tropical islands just offshore, and the rainforest covered mountain ranges which extend south to Paluma (just outside of Townsville) and north to Cooktown. It has several beachside suburbs, including Palm Cove, which allows visitors to choose to stay in the city or by the sea.
Tours and experiences available from Cairns city include cultural, food & wine, adventure, leisure and family-friendly options. The local tourism authority’s website provides some examples for easy reference.
Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula to the north offer more adventures.
Savannahlander Train Phone 07 4053 6848
Gateway Discovery Information Centre: Phone 07 4051 3588
Blackwater dump sites at various caravan parks
Visit the tourist markets and an authentic German Sausage cafe, plus some fun attractions and the spectacular Barron Falls.
The historic Kuranda Scenic Rail and Skyrail rainforest cableway operate between here and Cairns/Caravonica, making it a popular day trip from Cairns.
Kuranda Information Centre: Phone: 07 4093 9311
Skyrail is the World’s Most Beautiful Rainforest Experience. A 7.5km cableway, Skyrail glides over the canopy of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests. Red Peak and Barron Falls mid-stations provide the opportunity to explore and learn about this ancient environment on boardwalks and at the Rainforest Interpretation Centre. Visit www.skyrail.com.au.
Kuranda Scenic Rail
Experience spectacular scenery of the World Heritage listed Barron Gorge National Park aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.
This unique railway experience from Cairns to Kuranda travels over tracks made by pioneers over 100 years ago.
Upgrade to KSR Gold Class for that extra touch of luxury. Visit www.ksr.com.au for information, pricing, departures and bookings.
Julatten and Mount Molloy
A must-do region for bird watchers with transitional habitats supporting over 300 species. The nearby Bump Track is a great walk.
Fine Feather Tours Phone: (07) 4094 1199
Agricultural town and hot air ballooning centre with nearby attractions including tropical fruit wineries and coffee growers open for tasting. Birdwatchers enjoy the Mareeba Wetlands. You’ll find fun local markets at one of the Tablelands towns each weekend. Check at Information Centres for the schedule.
Mareeba Wetlands and Jabiru safari Lodge Phone: 1800 788 755
Mareeba Country Caravan Park Phone: 07 4092 3281
Riverside Caravan Park Phone: 07 4092 2309
Tropical Caravan Park Phone: 07 4092 1158
Warbird Adventure Flights Phone: 07 4092 7391
Mareeba Heritage Museum Information Centre: Phone: 07 4092 5674
Blackwater dump site on Doyle Street behind League Club
The Ootan/Chillagoe Alternative Route
Travel via Chillagoe for an additional experience with unsealed roads. A former mining centre, Chillagoe is renowned for its marble, Australia’s finest, and limestone caves that have regular tours.
Check your map for access via Mareeba and Dimbulah to the east or on the Ootan Road to the south which rejoins The Savannah Way 13 km east of Mount Surprise.
More remote adventure is available by taking the Burke Development Road through south west Cape York. You’ll need to be self-sufficient on this route as there are no public facilities
between Normanton and Chillagoe.
Chillagoe Hub Information Centre: Phone 07 4094 7111
Mixed farming including dairy cattle and vegetables in an area dominated by volcanic geology. Drive up Halloran’s Hill for expansive views or the surroundings. Nearby Lake Tinaroo is a popular local camping spot. You’ll notice many signs marking the training camps for troops in World War 2 around the region. Local birdwatching sites including Hasties Swamp have a wide range of species. Visit the waterfall circuit, Gallo's Cheese and Chocolate Factory, Crystal Caves, The Crater (Mt Hypipamee), Lake Barrine & Lake Eacham and more.
Atherton Information Centre Phone: 07 4091 4222
Mount Uncle Distillery Phone: 07 4086 8008
Atherton Holiday Park Phone: 07 4091 1099
Woodlands Tourist Park Phone: 07 4091 1407
Halloran’s Leisure Park Phone: 07 4091 4144
Blackwater dump site at sewage works
Highest town in Queensland (930m) surrounded by Bed and Breakfast, farmstay and cottage accommodation. Renowned as a timber centre before World Heritage
Listing Ravenshoe now has Queensland’s largest Wind Farm with over 20 windmills. The Information Centre has several fascinating displays.
Be sure to take your camera to the region’s waterfalls and walking tracks. Bush camping is available at Archer Creek and Koombooloomba Dam. Heading west you’ll notice
the change from rainforest to savannah environments.
Tall Timbers Motel and Caravan Park Phone: 4097 6325
Ravenshoe Information Centre: 07 4097 7700
Blackwater dump site at sewage works, Ascham Street. Follow the signs.
Archer Creek / Innot Hot Springs
Free camping site with toilets (council managed) and local markets second Sunday of the month.
Innot Hot Springs. Soak in swimming pools filled by thermal springs for day use or stay in the Caravan Park.
Innot Hot Springs Phone: 07 4097 0136
This mining town’s streets are named after the minerals that brought the region’s settlement.
Forty Mile Scrub National Park
A worthwhile stop to walk the short pathway through “dry rainforest” and take a break from the road. Toilets, no camping.
The Lynd Junction
91 kilometres south of the intersection of the Kennedy Highway and Gulf Development Road is the Lynd Junction. From here roads connect to Townsville, Charters Towers, Hughenden, as well as the Alternate Route of The Savannah Way, an unsealed road to Einsaleigh. Stop at the nearby Oasis Roadhouse for a drink at the smallest bar in Australia (1.2 metres). The Oasis Roadhouse – Home to Australia’s Smallest Bar and Best Burgers! A real outback roadhouse with additional benefits, we are a hub for the local cattle stations as well as a major truck stop.
The friendly locals make for a great introduction to the typical Australian Outback! As well as great atmosphere we offer fuel, single ensuite or budget rooms, powered and unpowered camp sites, home cooked meals, drinks, sweets, take away alcohol and ice. Open 7 days a week from 7am-9pm
Oasis Roadhouse Phone: 07 4097 1900
The world’s longest lava tubes are a “must see”. Camping, accommodation and tours are available at the Undara Lava Lodge, the only access point to the Undara Volcanic National park.
Undara Lava Lodge Phone: 07 4097 1900
Undara Experience is situated on the edge of the Undara Volcanic National Park, 275km south-west of Cairns. Highly trained Savannah Guides conduct tours of the incredible lava tubes.
Unique accommodation and homestyle meals available or experience Opera in the Outback and Outback Country Rock and Blues. Visit www.undara.com.au for more information.
Centre for semi-precious gemstones and alternative base for visiting Undara Lava Tubes. Gemstones are on display in town and you can try fossicking for topaz at nearby O’Brien’s Creek
with a permit and some local advice. This is an overnight stop for the Savannahlander train.
Mount Surprise Gems Phone: 07 4062 3055
Bedrock Village Caravan Park Phone: 07 4062 3193
Mt Surprise Tourist Van Park Phone: 07 4062 3153
O’Brien’s Creek Camping Ground Phone: 07 4062 3001
Blackwater dump site at roadside toilet block
Gem Fossicking: Join our morning dig at the claim and allow our expert guides to assist you in unearthing gem materials.
Browse through the shop see fine examples of gems and jewellery or relax and enjoy the tempting treats at the cafe. Visit www.thegemden.com.au for more information.
Einasleigh and Forsayth Alternative Route
Mostly unsealed loop roads travel through scenic country south of The Savannah Way to include several very worthwhile attractions. At Einasleigh Copperfield Gorge’s sheer walls drop
into a sandy river bed revealing the lava flow layers, and the historic pub boasts an amazing collection of miniature antique furniture.
Try fossicking at Agate Creek gemfields (licence required – ask at Information Centres en route) for the world’s most colourful agate. Cobbold Gorge is a favourite stop for many
travellers with gorge cruises and walking tours. Forsayth is the Savannahlander train’s western terminus and the Goldfields Hotel has a marvellous collection of agates and thunder eggs.
At Gilberton Outback Retreat there is plenty to see and do. Enjoy abundant wildlife on a leisurely walk or a guided tour. Part of Gilberton is a Nature Refuge,
which is recognised by the Queensland Government as being an area of high conservation significance.
Cobbold Gorge Tours Phone: 07 4062 5470
Flat Creek Station Phone: 07 4062 5304
Gilberton Outback Retreat Phone: 07 44062 5329
Einasleigh Hotel Phone: 07 4062 5222
Copperfield Lodge Caravan Park, Einasleigh Phone: 07 4062 5102
Forsayth Goldfields Hotel Phone: 07 4062 5374
Forsayth Tourist Park and Store 07 4062 5324
Hidden deep in the heart the Gulf Savannah is an outback oasis – Cobbold Gorge. Cruise the gorge, explore ancient geological landforms and spot unique wildlife with our guided tours.
Cabins and caravan/RV friendly camping. Pool, bar and coffee shop. Visit www.cobboldgorge.com.au for more information.
Flat Creek Station
Flat Creek is a family run beef cattle property. Your hosts are Peter & Adam. Flat Creek Station is a Brahman cross beef cattle grazing property of 30 000 acres,
situated in the Gulf Savannah region of North Queensland, Australia, approximately 50 kilometres from Georgetown. Since the early 1900’s there has been gold prospecting activity on
Flat Creek, guests come to the property to detect for gold. There is an array of native birds including the rare Gouldian finch. A Flat Creek Bird list is available on request at the homestead.
Make Flat Creek your base to explore other attractions in the district such as Cobold Gorge, a short drive to the south. Visit www.flatcreekstation.com.au for more information.
Gilberton Outback Retreat
Time stops when you venture into the extraordinary land of Gilberton Outback Retreat. Experience the unexpected, and encounter a unique and genuine Australian outback experience that will stay with you forever. Spend your time doing as much or as little as you like at Gilberton Outback Retreat. Visit www.gilbertonoutbackretreat.com for more information.
An administrative and cattle centre for the Etheridge Shire with a history of gold, silver, copper, lead and tin mining throughout the district. Visit the incredible TerrEstrial Centre, a modern display of over 4,500 gemstones and minerals from around the world.
Terrestrial Information Centre Phone: 07 4062 1485
Latara Motel Phone: 07 4062 1190
Wenaru Hotel Phone: 07 4062 1208
Goldfields Caravan Park Phone: 07 4062 1269
BP Service Station (repairs) Phone: 4062 1163
Midway Caravan Park Phone: 07 4062 1219
Latara Motel is located in Georgetown in the heart of the Savannah Way. It is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area and unique attractions, such as the Cobbold Gorge,
Talaroo Hot Mineral Springs, Undara Lava Tubes, Etheridge Shore Goldfields and the world class Ted Elliot Mineral Collection in our Terrestrial Information Centre.
The Motel is spread over seven acres of natural bushland gardens and sweeping lawns, creating an oasis in the desert. Latara offers all modern conveniences including air conditioned rooms,
guest laundry, saltwater swimming pool, BBQ area and fully licensed restaurant and bar open 7 days, catering for small groups through to large functions. So, whether you are planning your next
holiday or passing through on business come and enjoy our country hospitality and meet our friendly team at Latara Motel. Visit www.georgetownaccommodation.com for more information.
Remains of a Cornish miners’ ore crushing plant. No camping or facilities. Birdwatching site.
Free camping area with rubbish pit, no toilet or showers.
Visit Croydon in the heart of the Gulf Savannah, on the Savannah Way, a town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Enjoy living history through interactive and
static displays and by visiting the businesses still operating from the 1880’s.
A legendary town, with its historic precinct now restored to its goldrush glory. Take a self guided walking tour to relive the past. The Gulflander Train arrives Wednesday afternoon and
returns to Normanton on Thursday. Lake Belmore is great for swimming and fishing, with free barbecues.
Club Hotel Phone: 07 4745 6184
Gulfgate Roadhouse Phone: 07 4745 6169
Croydon General Store Phone: 07 4745 6163
Croydon Gold Caravan Park Phone: 07 4745 6238
Croydon True Blue Visitor Information Centre Phone: 07 4748 7152
Croydon Information Centre 07 4748 7152
Start your adventure at Croydon’s True Blue Visitor Information Centre. Our friendly staff can assist you with all your enquiries as you travel along the Savannah Way.
Get your free copy of the “Incredible Croydon Walking Trail” which has a map to help you navigate your way around the town and all its attractions.
The Visitor Information Centre also houses significant collections of heritage items, photographs, information displays, pioneer and descendant genealogy information,
a renowned audio visual in a theatrette and an internet service. Visit www.croydon.qld.gov.au for more information.
Refreshment stop established in 1890 for the Gulflander Train.
Popular camping spot between May and October with fishing and wildlife.
Leichhardt Lagoon Camping Park Phone: 07 4745 1330
A goldfields port that is now an administrative centre and home of the fantastic Gulflander Train, one of Australia’s great rail journeys. It departs Wednesday morning for Croydon,
returning on Thursday. Other shorter trips operate through the week. Take an interesting Heritage Walk and have your photo taken with the replica of the biggest crocodile ever caught (8.63m),
spend some time at the historic railway station and Burns Philp building and visit the three pubs that are the social centres of town. The Mutton Hole Wetlands are an internationally recognised
birdwatching site, and there are many barramundi waiting to be caught in the Norman River. As The Savannah Way’s intersection with The Matilda Highway Normanton is an important hub
on many journeys.
Gulflander Train Phone: 07 4745 1307
Normanton Visitor Information Centre Phone: 07 4745 1065
Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park Phone: 07 4745 1290
Normanton Pharmacy Phone: 07 4745 1399
Delta Downs Station Phone: 07 4745 3433
Norman River Fishing and Cruises Phone: 07 4745 1347
Normanton Gun Club Phone: 07 4745 1261
Albion Hotel Phone: 07 4745 1218
Purple Pub and Brolga Palms Motel Phone: 07 4745 1324
Normanton Caravan Park Phone: 07 4745 1121
Central Hotel Phone: 07 4745 1215
Top Service Station (repairs) Phone: 08 4745 1261
Blackwater Dump Site at Old Hospital Road (rear of Council Depot)
Carpentaria Shire Visitor Information CentrePhone : 07 4745 9582
There’s so much to do here on any budget. Just ask the locals! Normanton Visitor Information Centre & Library Cnr Landsborough & Caroline St, Normanton
Phone: 07 4745 1065. Karumba Visitor Information Centre & Library Walker Street, Karumba . Visit www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au for information.
The Gulflander is the historic rail experience venturing from Normanton on the remote Gulf of Carpentaria to Croydon 140 km away. If you’re looking for an outback adventure with a real
difference the Gulflander will provide you with one to remember. Visit www.gulflander.com.au for information, pricing, departures and bookings.
Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park
Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park is owner operated and renowned for quiet, friendly service. It comprises 28 air-conditioned motel rooms, 40 powered caravan and camping sites,
licensed restaurant, off-street parking, swimming pool and laundry facilities. Visit www.gulflandmotel.com.au for information.
At Normanton Pharmacy we offer a huge selection of products and reliable health advice. Pharmacists Cathy and Teresa with the assistance of Chris, Margaret, Mikaela and Keri provide
friendly service and are here to help with all your health, wellness and beauty needs. Services include Pharmacist on Duty, Prescriptions, Baby Needs, Gifts, Diabetes advice, Blood Pressure
Monitoring, Patient Medication Profiles, Medication Blister Packing, Wound Care and First Aid Advice, Medication Advice and Return Unwanted Medicines. Phone: 07 4745 1399 or visit www.normantonpharmacy.com.au for information.
Delta Downs Station
The Kurtijar Tribe invite you to share our land and history on our Gulf cattle station, Delta Downs. It is over one million wild acres with pristine beaches and wetlands offering great Birdwatching,
wildlife spotting and fishing. We offer 4WD tag-along tours and access to our remote coastal campsites. Visit www.deltadownsstation.com.au for information.
The prawn and barramundi fishing capital of Australia at the mouth of the Norman River was once a flying boat base. Visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre for a great insight into sustaining this industry. Try to time your visit for the Karumba Katch Seafood festival in October, and when in your tinnie please stay well clear of the ore carrying ships. Excellent birdwatching opportunities in the coastal and mangrove habitats. Choose from the Suave Bar or the Animal Bar when it’s time for a cold one.
Karumba Visitor Information Centre and Library Phone: 07 4745 9582
Ferryman Cruises Phone: 07 4745 9155
Matilda’s End Holiday Units Phone: 07 4747 6500
Karumba Pharmacy Phone: 07 4745 9955
Barramundi Discovery Centre Phone: 07 4745 9359
Croc and Crab Tours Phone: 07 4745 9009
Karumba Golf Club Phone: 07 4745 9100
Karumba Lodge Hotel Phone: 07 4745 9121
Gulf Country Caravan Park Phone: 07 4745 9148
Blackwater Dump Site at Allen Howie Way (Truck Stop)
At Karumba Pharmacy we offer a huge selection of products and reliable health advice. Pharmacists Cathy and Teresa with the assistance of Chris, Margaret, Mikaela and Keri provide
friendly service and are here to help with all your health, wellness and beauty needs. Services include Pharmacist on Duty, Prescriptions, Baby Needs, Gifts, Diabetes advice, Blood Pressure
Monitoring, Patient Medication Profiles, Medication Blister Packing, Wound Care and First Aid Advice, Medication Advice and Return Unwanted Medicines. Phone: 07 4745 9955 or visit www.karumbapharmacy.com.au for information.
Ferryman Cruises – Karumba’s leading tour operator established for more than 20 years. We are renown Australia wide for our wonderful service. With three vessels and well trained and
attentive staff the Ferryman offer a variety of cruises: Sunset Cruises – with a comprehensive commentary, complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks, savoury nibbles, prawns and freshly sliced
fruit platter; Fishing Charters include Morning or Afternoon Tea, all drinks and snacks; Night time Croc-Spotting including drinks, food and wildlife; Dedicated Bird Watching upon request with the
shires leading experts and Group Functions – Lunch, Dinner and Parties. Tour Groups and Coach Companies are most welcome! Visit www.ferryman.net.au for information.
Matilda’s End Holiday Units
Are you looking for a place to enjoy a leisurely few days or a week, where you can go fishing or just relax around the pool? We have the ideal spot for you. Here at Matilda’s End we have ten
units to choose from, ranging from 1 – 3 bedroom family units. Kitchen and Motel style rooms are available. We can accommodate anyone from families with children, singles, fishing groups and
business people. Visit www.matildasend.com.au for information.
Visitor centre with some of the best sunsets in Queensland over the Gulf of Carpentaria. A mecca for recreational fishers with fishing charters and boat hire available and an interesting
self-guided walk. The Sunset Tavern is popular at the end of the day.
Ash’s Holiday Units and Cafe Phone: 07 4745 9132
End of the Road Motel Phone: 07 4745 9599
Kerry “D” Fishing Charters Phone 07 4745 9275
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Phone: 07 4745 9277
Kathryn “M” Fishing Charters Phone 07 4745 9449
Gee Dees Units and Boat Hire Phone: 07 4745 9433
Jay Seas Holiday Units Phone: 07 4745 9414
Savannah Shores Cabins Phone: 07 4745 9126
Karumba Point Tourist Park Phone: 07 4745 9238
Blackwater dump site at Sunset Caravan Park
End Of The Road Motel
Multi award winning End of the Road Motel situated on the beach front overlooking the spectacular Gulf of Carpentaria, where the outback meets the sea in style. The motel offers AAA 4 Star rating accommodation at Karumba Point. 21 fully self contained apartments including studio, one and two bedroom and beach front executive suites. Visit www.endoftheroadmotel.com.au for more information.
Ash’s Holiday Units
Ash’s Holiday Units has always been the popular choice with fishermen staying in Karumba. We’re just across the road from the beach, and only minutes away from the boat ramp.
You can clean and fillet your prize catch at our fish cleaning area, storing it in our complimentary guest freezer, ready to take home and our spacious units feature a large undercover carport.
You won’t ever run low on supplies, as Ash’s general store stocks a large range of bait, tackle and block and crushed ice. Visit www.ashsholidayunits.com.au for more information.
Kerry D Fishing Charters
For a great day out fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria! Kerry D is a locally owned and operated family run fishing charter business in Karumba. We depart daily, offer half and full day all inclusive
fishing trips suitable for all ages and novices to experienced fisherman. Your skipper, local owner Darryl, will take you out to get hooked on the many species that inhabit the gulf waters, from the
mighty fighting Mackerel and King Salmon to the great Southern Gulf Barra. All fishing gear – quality bait, reels, rods and an assortment of tackle is included in your half or full day fishing expedition.
Our boats are easy to board, fish all round and very comfortable to travel in. They have full shade canopy, toilet on board and are very stable vessels that are specifically designed for this area.
So treat yourself and enjoy some time in the gulf on your trip. Visit www.kerrydfishing.com.au for more information.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park a delightful place to visit! Tropical plants, palms and trees provide a lovely environment in the park, which sits on the beach front right opposite the boat ramp. Accommodation includes powered caravan sites, powered and unpowered camp sites and ensuite Villas and Cabins. Showers, toilets and handicapped facilities are kept spotlessly clean.
A shaded pool area, coin-operated laundry, campers’ kitchen, BBQs and an excellent fish cleaning area are available for our guests. Communication includes TV reception, Wifi, Public Phone
and Telstra Mobile Coverage. Our well stocked kiosk is open daily from 7:30am to 5:00pm. Visit www.sunsetcp.com.au for more information.
Sweers Island and Mornington Shire
Accessible by charter plane from Normanton or Burketown this is a favourite fishing retreat. Note that the island is subject to the Alcohol Management Plan of Mornington Shire, so no alcohol
can be carried onto the island, which has its own bar and general supplies. For more information on Mornington Shire click here.
Sweers Island Resort Phone: 07 4748 5544
Burke and Wills Camp CXIX - The most northerly known campsite of the ill fated expedition of 1861. Stop to reflect and read the interpretation.
Leichhardt Falls - Good walking and picnic spots around the Leichhardt River crossing – beware of crocodiles. Note the statue of Frederick Walker, founder of the Native Mounted Police, near Floraville.
100 year old natural bore in Burketown
The oldest settlement in the Gulf boasting a rugged frontier history of “Gulf Fever” devastating the pioneers, Burketown is today the “Barramundi Capital of Australia”. Visit historic sites including the cemetery. Fishing tours available. During Sep-Nov you may see the bizarre “Morning Glory” cigar-shaped cloud formations at dawn.
Burketown Visitor Information Centre Phone: 07 4745 5111
Sweers Island Fishing Resort Phone: 07 4748 5544
Savannah Bakery and Butchery Phone: 07 4745 5290
Burketown Caravan Park Phone: 07 4745 5118
Burketown Pub Phone: 07 4745 5104
Savannah Lodge Phone: 07 4745 5177
BA Fishing Tours Phone: 07 4745 5118
Newest pub in the Gulf. Air-conditioned apartments for your comfort. Modern kitchen with restaurant. Beer off the ice. Adjacent to pool. Courtesy bus available.
All bitumen road via Gregory Downs. Friendly atmosphere. Visit www.burketownpub.com.
Although marked on some maps, Escott is no longer open to visitors.
Great swimming in the Gregory River with camping and fishing from wide sandy banks.
Gregory Downs Hotel Phone 07 4748 5566
The unsealed Loop to Lawn Hill Gorge
This is a highlight of the region. Try to give yourself at least two nights at the Lawn Hill National Park to enjoy the Lawn Hill Gorge. To clarify road conditions ask for updates from locals and travellers in the days beforehand or phone Adel’s Grove. Heavy rain can be problematic on unsealed black soil.
Adels Grove – Comfortable oasis with all facilities, including camping, accommodation, restaurant, bar and Fossil Fields tours. Phone: 07 4748 5502
Riversleigh Fossil Site is World Heritage listed, containing over 250 mammal fossil sites from 15-25 million years ago.
Boodjamulla National Park
Adels Grove Camping Ground
Adels Grove Camping GroundAn eco-sensitive tourist park on Lawn Hill Creek, located 10 kilometres downstream from Lawn Hill National Park. Set among a plantation of exotic trees
initially grown by the French Botanist Albert de Lestang over 80 years ago, this oasis for the dusty, tired traveller:is a perfect place to refresh, relax and recover. Catch Barramundi just
metres from your tent site or lie back and watch the cool aqua water meander through the park. Tours of the surrounding Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park as well as the World Heritage
Listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields. Bookings are essential. Visit www.adelsgrove.com.au
Doomadgee Police Station Awards
This Aboriginal community has alcohol restrictions (don’t take any in past the roadhouse) and a small supermarket, plus medical facilities. For more information visit www.gulf-savannah.com.au.
Doomadgee Roadhouse has fuel, snacks and basic groceries. Phone: 07 4745 8298
Doomadgee Aboriginal Community Council. Phone 07 4745 8390
Doomadgee Roadhouse - Doomadgee Roadhouse, “the Gateway to the western Gulf Savannah” has fuel, oil, ice, basic food supplies, fishing and camping gear.
There is an ATM and EFTPOS facilities available. Drop in for road and travel advice and the closest must-sees of this Shire. Ph: 07 4745 8298.
Note that in Queensland Alcohol Restrictions apply to many Aboriginal communities. Alcohol may be carried on the Savannah Way by bona fide travellers, though towns such as Doomadgee have severe fines (up to $37,500 first offence plus vehicle confiscation) for breaches. For further information phone 1300 789 000 or see this website.
Popular stop on a 5km waterhole on Bowthorn Station with camping, showers and toilets. Phone: 07 4745 8212
Hell’s Gate Roadhouse
Legendary drovers’ landmark and now an important fuel stop. Powered camping sites and cabins available as well as meals, fuel and snacks.
1500 metre all weather airstrip and avgas. Phone: 07 4745 8258
Pungalina & Wollogorang
Although marked on some maps, Pungalina and Wollogorang are no longer open to visitors.
Robinson River Community
Aboriginal community 50km off the Savannah Way with fuel and supplies. The community has alcohol restrictions so do not carry in alcohol. Phone: 08 8975 9791
Manangoora Station Campground
A fisherman’s paradise with boat ramps providing access to the Wearyan River, Gulf of Carpentaria and Vanderlin Island.
Cattle station family the Andersons provide a remote area bush camping experience for the self-sufficient 4WD enthusiast.
The Wearyan River offers barramundi, snapper species, jewfish, cod, threadfin salmon, mangrove jack and plenty of mudcrab.
The Islands offer barramundi, snapper species, reef fish species, cod, queen fish, trevally, threadfin salmon, coral trout and mackerel.
From Borroloola, take the Savannah Way (Wollogorang Road) east towards the Queensland border. Turn left just after the Foelsche River crossing.
Follow the signs to Manangoora Campground. Phone: 08 8975 9549
Manangoora Station Campground - Manangoora Campground offers fantastic fishing opportunities and remote bush camping but there are no toilets, shower facilities nor is
there a rubbish collection service. Please respect our country and the environment by taking everything you bring into Manangoora Station home with you. We have the closest boat ramp
access to the Gulf of Carpentaria, Vanderlin Island, Edward Pellow Islands & Barranyi National Park. Visit www.manangoora.com.
Seven Emu Station
Cattle station owned and operated by an Indigenous family, the Shadforths, for three generations. Camp and fish along rivers and 60km of exclusive beach. Fuel available. Phone: 08 8975 9904
Barranyi (North Island) National Park
Part of the Sir Edward Pellew Group of islands, accessible by boat from King Ash Bay.
One of Australia’s most remote towns, with a lawless frontier history, and these days a base for many fishermen. Visit the Old Police Station Museum with a key from the caravan park or nearby mechanic. Waralungka Arts Centre sells local Aboriginal art on weekdays. Guided fishing and boat ramps are available. As in all fishing areas, please be aware of estuarine crocodiles and fishing regulations.
King Ash Bay Lodge Phone: 08 8975 8998
Lorella Springs Wilderness Park Phone: 08 8975 9917
Savannah Way Motel Phone: 08 8975 8883
McArthur River Caravan Park Phone: 08 8975 8734
Borroloola Hotel Motel Phone: (08) 8975 8766
King Ash Bay Boat and Fishing Club has accommodation and camping Phone: 08 8975 9800
TJS One Stop (repairs) Phone: 08 8975 8813
Borroloola Information Phone: 08 8975 8799
Black water dump point at Tamarind Park.
The Savannah Way Motel Borroloola - The Savannah Way Motel Borroloola provides a home away from home for business and leisure travellers. Stay in clean, comfortable motel, cabin or budget style
accommodation and eat in the popular licensed, Carpentaria Grill Restaurant. The Savannah Way Motel – Borroloola is the perfect base from which to explore or do business in the
Northern Territory’s beautiful and remote Gulf Region just a short stroll from the airport or a drive along the Savannah Way. Borroloola is the main centre of the Northern Territory’s remote Gulf Region.
The town is located at the heart of the epic adventure route that is the Savannah Way. Visit www.savannahwaymotel.com.au.
Please ensure you plan your fuel usage between Borroloola and Doomadgee as this is a long stretch between fuel stops (and toilets – be prepared!)
Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, Australian Outback Sanctuary Eco Adventure - Located 15 degrees south of the equator, in one of the remotest and most isolated areas of Australia or
even planet Earth, we offer a superb retreat experience of an outstanding natural wilderness environment fronting the Gulf of Carpentaria. Camping, Caravanning, Fishing, Crabbing,
Magic Thermal Springs, Wildlife, Birdlife, a Photographer’s Dream.
The Heartbreak Hotel is the roadhouse stop for fuel, camping, accommodation and meals. Helicopter flights leave from here to view The Lost City, a series of amazing sandstone spire formations.
Cape Crawford Tourism Phone: 0400 156 685
Heartbreak Hotel is situated approximately 860 kilometres south east from Darwin. It is one of the rare outback roadhouses in the Northern Territory and the doorway to many
exciting things to do and see for all types of travellers. Most say it’s an “oasis in the outback” with its lush green grass and trees all year round. There is fishing, camping, hiking, Birdwatching etc.
We also provide helicopter scenic flights and ground tours to the amazing Lost City. Flights available April – September. Heartbreak provides services such as fuel, takeaway food and restaurant
meals, takeaway alcohol, bar, hotel accommodation, 44 powered sites and ample camping all year round.
Dogs are welcome in park area only and must be kept on leads at all times dogs have a designated area in both powered and non powered, our staff will point you to the dog areas.
Cnr Carpentaria & Tablelands Highway, Cape Crawford, 0850
Visit www.heartbreakhotel.com.au. Phone: 08 88975 9928
The Daly Waters (sealed) Route to Cape Crawford
Travel south from Katherine on the Stuart Highway through Larrimah to turn east at Daly Waters. Larrimah became a town in 1940, and the war history is told in the pub, museum and by
exploring nearby Gorrie Airfield. Daly Waters is an historic droving stop and Overland Telegraph Station. The pub is a visitor icon with camping and rooms, and on the outskirts of town is
Australia’s first international airfield, also used to help evacuate Indonesian citizens in World War Two. There are roadside overnight camping bays along the Daly Waters to Cape Crawford section,
which is all sealed, single lane development road.
Daly Waters Historic Pub Phone: 08 8975 9927
Daly Waters Hi-Way Inn Phone: 08 8975 9925
Daly Waters Historic Pub Est 1930
A true Territory icon offering a real outback experience. Steeped in history from the early exploration and droving days, free nightly entertainment, Dry Season World Famous Beef & Barra (wild caught Territory Barra). Accommodation in various room styles, powered/unpowered sites and campsites. Best Wayside Inn 2005 2006 2007 2010 Come in for a fun stay! Phone: 08 8975 9925 or visit www.dalywaterspub.com.
The Roper Bar (unsealed) Route to Cape Crawford
Heading east at Mataranka to Roper bar is the primary Savannah Way route which involves a longer unsealed experience. This road can also be an opportunity for those with four wheel drive
vehicles to leave their caravans in Mataranka or Katherine and enjoy a more remote touring loop. As with many remote routes it is advisable to take on fuel at every opportunity.
The surface can be rough at times, so drive carefully to preserve your tyres. The road is sealed to Fizzy Creek, about 30km before Roper Bar. Roper Bar is an historic crossing of the Roper River,
today consisting of a store and camping ground.
Roper River Store Phone: 08 8975 4636
From Roper Bar to Cape Crawford there are a series of bush camping opportunities at picturesque river locations. There are pit toilets (no showers) at Butterfly Springs, Limmen Crossing
and Towns River. Tomato Island has a boat launching area popular with fishermen. As in all fishing areas, please be aware of estuarine crocodiles and fishing regulations. Lormaieum Lagoon is a
peaceful camping site near the evocative St Vidgeon homestead ruins.
Lorella Springs has fuel, a hot springs pool, campground and fishing. Phone: 08 8975 9917.
Limmen Bight Fishing Camp has fuel, camping and accommodation. It is 25km downstream on the Cox River from the Savannah Way crossing.
Limmen National Park – Nathan River Homestead (Ranger Station) Ph: 08 8975 9940
Poppy’s Pools – beautiful thermal pool on Mara people’s land Phone: 08 8975 9611
Swimming and relaxing at Mataranka Thermal Pools or Bitter Springs Thermal Pools is a must. The classic Australian novel “We of the Never Never” by Jeannie Gunn (1908) tells the story of a pioneer woman’s life here, still represented by the replica homestead and cemetery. Stop to see the diverse artworks and have a coffee at the Stockyard Gallery and Cafe. The barramundi feeding at Territory Manor is great fun. Swim or canoe in the Roper River – fantastic!
Stockyard Gallery and Cafe Phone: 08 8975 4530
Territory Manor Motel and Caravan Park Phone: 08 8975 4516
Mataranka Cabins and Camping Phone: 08 8975 4838
Coodardie Station Stay Phone: 08 8975 4460
Lakeside Mechanical Repairs Phone: 08 89792255
A rich Aboriginal culture is represented in tour experiences and local galleries. Nearby National Parks offer diverse adventure and recreational activities, and the local pioneer history is well interpreted.
Visit Edith Falls, also within Nitmiluk National park and don’t miss going swimming and bushwalking in these spectacular surroundings. A wide range of accommodation is available.
Katherine is also a major Australian airforce base and mango growing region.
Blackwater dump sites in Lindsay Street (just up from the Katherine Visitor Information Centre) and various caravan parks
Katherine Visitor Information Centre
The Katherine Visitor Information Centre has great local information and offers a free tour and accommodation booking service.
The centre has a large car and caravan parking area and clean bathroom facilities. A great feature is our Free WiFi Internet for 1 Hour. Open 7 days a week.
Located at the Cnr Stuart Hwy and Lindsay Street. Tel: 08 8972 2650 or visit www.visitkatherine.com.au for more information.
The roadhouse here offers camping and accommodation, and there are helicopter flights and good birdwatching available.
Victoria River Roadhouse Phone: 08 8975 0744
Flora River Nature Park (currently closed until further notice)
See Park Information about 2WD access to a scenic boating and fishing spot, but don’t swim with the crocodiles.
A cattle droving track from near Timber Creek to near Daly Waters offering a short cut or alternative unsealed road experience. Plan your fuel and water stops on this remote route.
Victoria River Downs Homestead Phone: 08 8975 0853
Top Springs Roadhouse Phone: 08 8975 0767
Gregory National Park
Enjoy scenic gorges and ranges and good camping here. See Park Information.
Stop here for barramundi fishing including boat hire and some rewarding bird watching.
Houseboat Hire and Fishing tours Phone: 0428 588 960
Gunamu Tourist Park Phone: 08 8975 0722
Keep River National Park
See Park Information for details about bushwalking, rock art and camping accessible by 2WD.
Bullo River Station Phone: 08 8354 2719
Western Australia / Northern Territory Border
It’s important to know the quarantine rules in advance to save over-shopping or unpacking the whole vehicle!
Heading into WA you cannot bring fresh fruit or vegetables (or some dried / frozen), plants, flowers, seeds, walnuts, honey, any soil, animal skins or wool. Many animals and birds require permits. The Inspection Station at the border will confiscate any prohibited items. For more information contact Quarantine WA on 08 9334 1800.
Heading into the NT there are no restrictions.
Photo from Skal International
On the shores of the massive man-made Lake Argyle this agricultural centre has diverse accommodation and activities for the visitor. Cruise, canoe or fish the lake, abseil or bushwalk,
take a scenic flight over the local area or bungle Bungles or learn about locally mined Pink Diamonds. Check out the unique Zebra Rock Art at the gallery near town and local Indigenous art
Kununurra Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9168 1177
East Kimberley Tours Phone: 08 9168 2213
Mackas Barra Camp Phone: 08 9169 1759
Alligator Airways Phone: 1800 632 533
Slingair Heliwork Phone: 1800 095 500
Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Phone: 08 9168 2212
Lakeview Apartments Phone: 08 9168 0000
Kimberley Croc YHA Phone: 08 9168 2702
Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park Phone: 08 9169 1995
Lakeside Resort Phone: 1800 786 692
Kununurra Visitor Centre
The Kununurra Visitor Centre (KVC) is able to assist with advice about accommodation, tours, national parks and the latest road condition information for the East Kimberley,
and also offers a complete booking service for the full range of activities available in Kununurra & the Kimberley. Visit www.visitkununurra.com for more information.
Purnululu National Park
The Bungle Bungles are one of the Savannah Way’s most recognisable icons – stunning beehive domes of weathered sandstone that are spectacular on a walk or from the air
(flights from Halls Creek, Kununurra, or Warmun or Purnululu National Park campsites). The access road is for high clearance 4WD vehicles only and is not suitable for caravans.
Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Phone: 1800 889 389
Bungle Bungle Bush Camp Phone: 1800 682 213
Warmun (Turkey Creek)
The closest facilities to the Purnululu National Park turnoff has camping and accommodation at the roadhouse and the Warmun Art Centre has works by local artists.
Warmun Roadhouse Phone: 08 9168 7882
Warmun Art Centre Phone: 08 9168 7496
Doon Doon Roadhouse Phone: 08 9167 8009
A blossoming service centre and the site of a nineteenth century gold rush. Base yourself here to see some spectacular nearby sites such as Wolfe Creek Crater, the world’s second largest meteorite crater almost a kilometre wide, the China Wall, a quartz vein breaking through the ground, and four nearby Aboriginal community Artists’ Centres. Gold rush relics and swimming holes make for some fun and scenic local touring. Interesting Town Walk takes around 40 minutes using the brochure from the Visitor Information Centre. You can find out more about Halls Creek at www.heartofthekimberley.com.au.
Halls Creek Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9168 6262
Kimberley Hotel Phone: 1800 355 228
Best Western Halls Creek Phone: 08 9168 9600
Halls Creek Caravan Park Phone: 08 9168 6169
Halls Creek Shire – The Heart Of The Kimberley
Covering some 142,908 sq km, Halls Creek Shire is the geographic and cultural heart of the Kimberley region, home of the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle Range,
Purnululu National Park and Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, and a treasure trove of Aboriginal culture and art with more successful art centres than any other Australian shire. Visit www.hallscreektourism.com.au for more information.
90km east of Fitzroy Crossing these are accessed with an Aboriginal guide booked through the Fitzroy crossing Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9191 5355.
A regional centre on the banks of Australia’s largest River, the Fitzroy, in the heart of Australia’s best pastoral country. The town has a growing art network. Geikie Gorge has National Park and local Aboriginal operated cruises that are booked through the Visitors Centre, and scenic walks.
Geikie Gorge National Park
Bungoolee Tours Phone: 08 9191 5355
Fitzroy River Lodge Phone: 08 9191 5141
The Crossing Inn Phone: 08 9191 5080
Fitzroy Crossing Visitor Centre Phone: 08 9191 5355
Aboriginal community owned camping and accommodation with fishing around the region. There is a General Store at Camballin and fuel at Looma Community.
Campers Base Phone: 08 9191 7752
The sealed Highway Route from Derby to Kununurra
You’ll see some expansive landscapes and stop at a range of fascinating cultural sites and activities on this route.
A port for cattle, agriculture and mining. Visit the port area including the Wyndham Museum. Enjoy the free BBQ’s at the panoramic Five Rivers Lookout, and Warrin Park Dreamtime Statues.
Birders will enjoy spotting Gouldian Finches here and exploring Parry Lagoon.
Gulf Breeze Guesthouse Phone: 08 9161 1401
Wyndham Caravan Park Phone: 08 9161 1064
Parry Creek Farm Phone: 08 9161 1139
Diggers Rest Station Phone: 08 9161 1029
The Gibb River Road from Derby to Kununurra
This iconic unsealed route includes many of The Kimberley’s natural highlights and frontier experiences. Plan your accommodation and fuel stops as there are long remote sections
and drive carefully. Note that the road to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek allows you to mix some Gibb River Road experiences with those on the highway if time is limited.
The story of Jandamarra, the Aboriginal outlaw, is a poignant piece of local history.
The gorges of the Gibb River Road provide idyllic swimming and walking opportunities.
Allow yourself some time to relax at your own selection and meet some locals at the variety of camping and accommodation along the route.
King Leopold National Park
Bell Gorge and Silent Grove
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge Phone: 08 91914645
Imintji Store Phone: 08 9191 7471
Imintji Wilderness Camp Phone: 1800 889 389
Mornington Wilderness Camp Phone: 08 9191 7406
Beverley Springs Phone: 08 9191 4646
Mount Barnett Roadhouse Phone: 08 9191 7007
Mount Elizabeth Station Phone: 08 9191 4644
The Kalumburu Road leads to the spectacular Mitchell Falls as well as Kalumburu community. There are some serious 4WD sections in this road so check with locals before proceeding.
There is good camping at Mitchell Plateau, Miners Pool and the King Edward River and tented accommodation at Kimberley coastal Camp (Phone 08 9161 4410), plus at Mitchell Plateau and
Marunbabidi (Phone 1800 889 389). Drysdale River Station (Phone 08 9161 4326) has scenic flights over the coast and Mitchell Falls.
Home Valley Station Phone: 08 9161 4233
El Questro Wilderness Park Phone: 08 9169 1777
Home Valley and El Questro are accessible on good quality unsealed road from the eastern end (Kununurra) if you are not driving the entire Gibb River Road.
The Kimberley’s first town, famous for its Boab Tree lined streets and Australia’s highest tidal range (11 metres) Derby is the jumping off point for the Gibb River Road. Good fishing off the jetty with the incoming tide. Walk the Joonjoo Botanical Trail and visit Wharfinger’s Museum (key from Visitor’s Centre). Check out the nearby 120 metre long cattle trough and Prison Boab Tree.
King Sound Resort Hotel Phone: 08 9193 1044
Boab Inn Phone: 08 9191 1044
West Kimberley Lodge Phone: 08 9191 1031
Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park Phone: 08 9193 1055
Derby Visitor Centre Phone: 1800 621 426
The pearling history and indigenous culture of Broome are present in its art, food and people, making this outpost a favourite with many travellers. This is also a town managing regional growth from mining and gas resources, so you’ll find modern amenities and creature comforts. Cable Beach is a stunning setting, side trips to the Dampier Peninsula are very worthwhile and spectacular coastal cruises depart from here. View the world’s largest population of Humpback Whales or the renowned shore birds in their migratory cycles. Try to catch the horse racing or Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl) for some local fun. Broome can be your start or finish to the Savannah Way, or a base to explore from if you fly in and out. Either way allow a few days here.
Broome Visitor Centre Phone: 1800 883 777
Broome Sanctuary Resort Phone: 08 9192 8088
Kujurta Buru Cultural Tours Phone: 08 9192 2660
Kimberley Wild Phone: 1300 73 88 70
All Terrain 4WD Safaris Phone: 1800 633 456
Willie Creek Pearl Farm Phone: 08 9192 0000
Broome Bird Observatory Phone: 08 9193 5600
Pinctada Cable Beach Phone: 1800 PINCTADA
Broome Stay Apartments Phone: 08 9193 7200
Roebuck Bay Hotel Phone: 08 9192 1221
Eco Beach Phone: 08 9193 8015
Vacation Village Caravan Park Phone: 08 9192 1057
Cable Beach Caravan Park Phone: 1800 551 196
Roebuck Bay Caravan Park Phone: 08 9192 1366
Palm Grove Holiday Resort Phone: 1800 803 336
Broome Visitor Centre
The Broome Visitor Centre is a not-for-profit, non government funded organisation. We offer a free booking service for local tours, accommodation, vehicle hire, and also
support and promote local businesses. Freecall 1800 883 777 or visit www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au. Broome… let yourself go.