Savannah Way highlights

Submitted: Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:49
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Hi all,
we are planning to do Katherine to Cairns via the gulf in October, have read the official web site and a few threads here but in a nutshell can anyone give us a do not miss list? We have a 100 series cruiser so can hit the dirt ok.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:05

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:05
western lost city

southern lost city

You have to get a key from the ranger to go to the western lost city - rough track but worth the drive.

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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:07

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:07
I should have added if you go to Roper bar and then down to Borroloola

They are in Limmen National Park

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Reply By: Member - Granty55 - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:18

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:18
G'day mac3, Just a few suggestions, if you are a bit of a railfan like me the Gulflander has to be on the must do list, no need to do the whole Normanton to Croydon bit if you are pressed for time they run short trips out and back from Normanton regularly. Undara lava tubes are interesting, heard good reports about Cobbold gorge but haven't been there, we also found Chillagoe a quite an interesting little place.
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Reply By: Zebra400 - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:19

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:19
The Savannah Way is bitumen all the way from Broome to Mataranka plus the first 100kms of the Roper Hwy . I am intrigued as to why you are not including the Gibb river Road. This has many places to visit.

We camped at Roper River, rather than Tomato Island. The views were fantastic.

The road through Limmen NP is rough in places. We stayed at Towns River & Lorella Springs. Both are certainly worth a visit.

After Cape Crawford, there is not much to see until you cross into Qld. We took the back way into Lawn Hill through Kingfisher Camp. This track is very rough in places with plenty of bulldust.

After Normanton, the road returns to bitumen. f you are interested in old trains, then you can take the Gulflander from Normanton to Croydon. Some people let their partner take the train, so they can follow & pick them up at the other end.

You may want to visit the Lava Tubes in Undarra NP. You cant visit them on your own - you need to book on a guided tour (this can be done when you get there).

This is only a brief overview. There is a lot more to see.

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Reply By: mac3 - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 13:15

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 13:15
Thanks, sounds great.
We are black nomads with grey tinges so have a time schedule to get back to work...Gibb River next time!
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 15:34

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 15:34
Lawn Hill
A small detour but well worth it.
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 17:06

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 17:06
Butterfly Springs is a must see, the spring itself was stagnant on our visit but there were thousands of butterflies there and was amazing to see. I honestly have no idea if it's like that all year round (we were there in September), but the rock wall to the right of the spring was completely covered all over with butterflies at the time we were there.
St Vidgeon Ruins is a nice free camp (though we didn't stay there ourselves), the lagoon down the back had so many beautiful water lillies there at the time of our visit...not sure if there's snapping handbags in that lagoon or not, we didn't venture to close to the water just
here's a trip report i did a while back that includes the drive from Normanton to Katherine including Lawn Hill also..Day 6 is Normanton if you want to read from there ...the drive from Lawn Hill to Kingfisher Camp really was quite enjoyable IMHO, some very pretty scenery encountered along the way i thought.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 21:08

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 21:08
Hi David

I haven't been to Lorella Springs, I keep seeing traveller's fantastic photos. Not cheap, but what a beautiful environment. Might be worth considering the detour.


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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 19:09

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 19:09
I can vouch for Lorella Springs being a lovely spot. It is easy to spend some time there. The drive in can be a little challenging with a van but like most of these destinations it is worth the effort.

Just something to get you interested,

The people there were nice too.
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 11:38

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 11:38
I just did the Normanton to Cairns section (and part thereof of the section across to the NT from Burketown, towing a 2.5 Tonne semi off roader van).

I echo the mention of the Gulflander ex Normantion (but check as it does not go every day, and we had to stay an addition 2 nights to do it).

You can also do a section of the Savannahlander train from Mount Surprise (Thursday's only) are only on the train for about 90 mins but its really worth it if you are into trains.

The good folk at Bedrock Village park do the Savannahlander trip, as well as a great tour to the Undara caves using a qualified Savannah Guide.

Cobbold Gorge is excellent as well, pretty rough road in and out but I managed it ok.

Not much past Mount Surprise in my opinion.

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Follow Up By: Member - Des Lexic - Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 21:23

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 21:23
Just left Cobbold Gorge today and found the road to be in good condition.Talked to a bloke while there and hehad towed an on road caravan in to the caravan park and said it was the worst road hehad been on. We towed the Tvan in and apart from two creek floodways that's were a little short the road was in great shape. 45 minutes from Cobbald to Forsyth for the 40 k trip.
We did the full day trip and enjoyed every moment of it.
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Reply By: mac3 - Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 20:14

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 20:14
Thanks all, this has really coloured our itinerary and we look forward to it even more. Loved reading the reports, reminded us of some of our remote trips and what Australia is all about. We have recently had a holiday in USA and England.....we live in a special place.
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 13:39

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 13:39
The Caranbirini Nature Reserve between Cape Crawford and Borroloola is recommended …. there is a great little billabong and if you can't get into the Lost City (or the chopper flight is out of your budget), the walk through the rock formations is well worth an hour or so of your time. There is an area on the southern side of the road just west of the park entrance, where we camped for the night, before doing the walk early in the morning before it got too hot. (We had a caravan). You can't camp in the park.

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