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Some highlights of travellers’ adventures on The Savannah Way are below. Please contact us with your stories and tips!

Mark and Helen – Brisbane

As part of a round Australia trip we spent nearly two months travelling from Cairns to Broome on most of the Savannah Way. The road signage was very helpful. The interpretation along the route was informative and entertaining and gave us an excuse to pull over for a cup of tea. Not to bore you all with details here are a list of some of our favourite spots along the Savannah Way:

  • Irvinebank – a real ghost town feel with friendly locals
  • Undara Experience – super guide and an amazing geological feature
  • Lawn Hill Gorge – an oasis for weary travellers, spend at least 3 days
  • Carinbirini Conservation Reserve – a real ‘lost city’ that is easy to find and explore
  • Daly Waters and Larrimah Pubs – stop for a beer to soak up the ‘Territory’
  • Mataranka, and Bitter Springs – no better way to relax, take a snorkel for Bitter Springs
  • Kakadu – don’t listen to the Kakadon’ts, its worth every cent
  • Gregory National Park – make sure you stay and see it at first light
  • Keep River – a hidden secret well worth a few days to explore
  • Lake Argyle – don’t miss Durack House
  • Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) – the helicopter flight was unforgettable
  • Cable Beach – sunset, sunrise, swimming in the warm sunshine and clear blue water
  • Gantheaume Point – picture perfect

Sue and Paul – Melbourne

We flew up from chilly Victoria to Cairns for a break in the sun, and were amazed how much we packed into four days. It was pretty spur of the moment, so we found the website a great help. We picked up a hire car in Cairns and managed to cover a loop taking in Ravenshoe, Undara, Mt Surprise, Mareeba, ending up back to Cairns. It gave us the best of both worlds – the cool tropics and real Aussie Outback. Highlights of the trip include:

  • Cairns – Couldn’t believe we were in the midst of the reef by mid-morning
  • Ravenshoe – Great info centre and Tully Falls at Tully Gorge
  • Innot Hot Springs – a surprising find
  • Mt Surprise – See Pete at Mt Surprise Gems for the lowdown on fossicking
  • Undara – these lava tubes are amazing! Stay overnight in the railway carriages if you can
  • Mareeba – highly recommend the local coffee and Golden Drop Mango Winery

Louis and Margot – Marseille, France

We would like to compliment Gecko Canoeing at Katherine. We have been with them for five days canoeing in a very beautiful environment on the Katherine River. We have not been on a tour like this before, but the guide Jen was so kind to us and taught us so much about Australia. The food and camping also was very nice, especially in the middle of the wilderness! This is a holiday we will never forget.

Roger and Marie – Sydney

Several of our friends have been to The Kimberley, so we decided to combine all of their good advice in our own holiday. We planned our itinerary and booked it all by email and telephone, then flew to Broome and hired a four wheel drive. We carried an esky for some lunches and drinks and stayed at a variety of roadhouses, motels and safari camps over our 12 days. Our route took us along the Gibb River Road to Kununurra, then back along the sealed route via Fitzroy Crossing. It was a fantastic trip and there were many highlights, including:

  • The gorges – so many, so beautiful. Bell Gorge is hard to beat
  • The local art – we bought a piece at Turkey Creek from the artist
  • Purnululu National Park by helicopter
  • Flying over the Mitchell Plateau and coast on a scenic flight from Kununurra
  • Tunnel Creek and the story of Jundumurra
  • The landscapes – mountain ranges and boab trees just a picture
  • Broome – such a unique Australian town

Jim and Kay – Townsville

My husband is a train buff, so we drove to Cairns to catch the Savannahlander train. The whole experience was wonderful, with a relaxed pace and so many different stops to explore along the way. Chillagoe caves were beautiful, and we chose to visit Cobbold Gorge which was just lovely – so picturesque. The lava tubes at Undara are a true natural wonder. The country pubs and friendly train staff made it a real old fashioned adventure. We plan to visit Normanton to ride on the Gulflander next time.

Silke and Mattheus – Hannover, Germany

We have been to Australia before and were ready for a big adventure on The Savannah Way. We arranged our Britz campervan from Darwin and drove to Cairns. It was just wonderful, with perfect weather and a real outback spirit. Having our own accommodation meant that we could stay longer in some places that were special like Kakadu and Lawn Hill. We were lucky enough to see the Morning Glory clouds in Burketown, and of course we at lots of barramundi. Our vehicle was really good and we left it at the depot in Cairns before a little resort stay to finish our latest Aussie adventure. Maybe it’s the Kimberley next time!

David, Genevieve, Holly, Sam and Hannah – Gladstone

We packed up the kids and camping gear, and headed to Lawn Hill Gorge in the school holidays. The journey included some great stops in Longreach and Winton especially, but the highlight was definitely Lawn Hill. We stayed at Adel’s Grove which was comfortable and very friendly. The kids loved canoeing and swimming, and the Savannah Guide tour of the World Heritage Fossil site at Riversleigh. They learnt a lot about the nature of Australia and Sam is now a bit of a birdwatcher.