Enjoy the golden savannah grasslands and the monsoonal wetlands of this trek in this rather barren region of Australia
. There are a variety of native animals and a diverse portrait of birds including herons, jabirus, brolgas, sarus crane and many other waterbird species that migrate here - especially after the rains.
A good majority of the trek is on the Burke Developmental Road with minor portions being on the Karumba
Development Road, Kowanyama Development Road and Musgrave Strathgordon Road before hitting Peninsula Development Road before Coen
. The majority of the journey is a true adventure drive with most of it being unsealed. Although some of these roads can be rough, it’s quite navigable by conventional vehicles with care.
The trek passes through beautiful scenery, including some old historic towns. Examples include: Normanton
, which is well known for its diverse migratory wading birds and Barramundi
fishing and Karumba
which sits on the mouth of the Norman River and is home to the Gulf of Carpentaria’s prawning and fishing industries and not to forget its stunning sunsets. Kowanyama, which means ‘the place of many waters’ is a culturally significant Aboriginal community town. This town is situated on the banks of Magnificent Creek and during the wet season, it’s not uncommon to have supplies flown in by air. There are many homestead stations olong the way including Dunbar Station and there is an old ex-fortress telegraph station now called Musgrave Roadhouse
is a beautiful small town located on the old telegraph line that ran from Laura to Bamaga
and is considered the last place north for supplies such as food, fuel and mechanical repairs before heading towards the tip of Cape York