The Savannah Way is one of Australia’s greatest adventure drives, linking Cairns in north Queensland with Broome on the Kimberley coast of Western Australia, traversing the Katherine region of the Northern Territory.
The drive is approximately 3,700 kilometres long and meanders through Savannah woodlands that cover tropical northern Australia. The route is mainly sealed, although there are long stretches of gravel road and several challenging four-wheel drive detours.
The remote Northern Territory community of Borroloola beside the MacArthur River is the first stop along the route if you are driving from Queensland. From Borroloola you can take the unsealed road north to Roper Bar on the tidal pandanus-fringed Roper River or drive west along the Carpentaria Highway to Cape Crawford.
Travellers will meet some true Territory characters at the unique Daly Waters pub just off the Stuart Highway, west of Cape Crawford before continuing on to Mataranka.
One hour north of Mataranka is Katherine, a bustling regional town and gateway to the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). Continue south west to the town of Timber Creek and on to Gregory National Park.
Allow at least 14 days for the Northern Territory section or 30 days for the entire journey.