Road condition Savannah Way

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 09:57
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Hi. We're currently in Darwin and want to head to Normanton but we'd like to go via the Savannah Way. We're not sure of the road conditions on the unsealed sections. Can anyone who has traveled this way lately please advise on the road conditions between Borroloola and Domadgee and also between Leichhardt Falls area and Normanton? We believe there's also Leila Crossing which may be difficult to get across. We're towing an Avan Aspire 525 on road van which has been lifted a couple of inches but we don't want to damage it. If you think we should go back through Cloncurry and up through Burke and Wills please say so (although I'm getting mighty sick of that road ??)
Thanks in advance for your help

Sandra
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Reply By: batsy - Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 11:25

Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 11:25
We have just completed it from East to West. No problems, may be a bit slow in places but otherwise all good. A great drive.
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Reply By: Sandrab58 - Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 11:30

Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 11:30
Thanks Batsy. Can you tell me how much dirt there is, approximately please?
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Follow Up By: batsy - Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 17:52

Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 17:52
The highway to Roper Bar is roughly half & half. From there to the Barkly Highway all dirt then black top to Boroloola & some distance towards Domagee, From there mainly dirt. Domagee to Burketown would be roughly half & half. Black top almost to Leichardt Falls then dirt to within roughly 80km of Normanton.

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Follow Up By: Member - peterdre - Sunday, Jul 02, 2017 at 20:41

Sunday, Jul 02, 2017 at 20:41
Hi Sandrab58,
I have read the batsy reply above. I think he means the Carpentaria Hwy, not Barkley Hwy.
Better still, turn left at Billengarrah. (Tee junction) and go straight to Borroloola avoiding Cape Crawford, it's quicker and shorter.
The Sav. Way is a great drive with lots to see. I will be doing it for the third time in 10 days or so. Just be careful thru' the creeks and dips.
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Follow Up By: batsy - Sunday, Jul 02, 2017 at 20:57

Sunday, Jul 02, 2017 at 20:57
You are correct peterdre it should have been the Carpentaria Hwy..but while your way is shorter I feel it will be slower for Sandrab58 as a section not far from the T intersection is "very slow'. This was the way we came. It's very doable but 'slow'.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 16:54

Saturday, Jul 01, 2017 at 16:54
Last time I did it which was about 6 years ago it was ALL dirt from Borroloola to Hell's Gate. Watch the dips are some are mild but some are wild.

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Reply By: wholehog - Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 at 19:53

Thursday, Jul 06, 2017 at 19:53
We travelled the Savannah Way along there 10 days ago. It's not too bad this year. good luck with the Avan..let your tyres down on the vehicle and van, travel at your comfortable pace.
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