Self-drive touring, Northern Territory, Australia

Savannah Way

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Load up the 4WD and hit the Savannah Way to experience this journey-of-a-lifetime across the vast Australian continent. Make your way through the Australian tropics along the incredible 3700km route, from Cairns in Queensland, through the Northern Territory, and on to Broome in the West.

Camp out under the stars, travel across changing tropical and desert landscapes, and explore some of the 15 national parks and five World Heritage areas along the way. Visit Outback towns and see ancient rock art, take in the famous 'Lost City', or head off on a fishing trip around the wetlands. 

Race to the border

Leave behind the rainforest and surf of the Cairns' coast and head through World Heritage-listed Barron Gorge National Park to the NT border. Be sure to check out the volcanic geology of the Atherton Tablelands on route.

Inland and out

Spend a day of fishing around the Sir Edward Pellew Islands and explore the mangrove-wetlands at the mouth of the McArthur River. Turn inland to check out ancient Indigenous rock art at the Caranbirini Conservation Reserve and then marvel at the famous sandstone outcrops of the 'Lost City'.

A novel idea

Have a soak in the thermal pools in the town of Mataranka, the setting for the famous Australian novel, We of the Never Never. Hit the 4WD tracks and walking trails of Judburra Gregory National Park to see boab trees and dramatic sandstone escarpments. Cross the border into Western Australia and make your way to Broome across the rugged and beautiful Kimberly region passing local highlights, Lake Argyle and the Bungle Bungles.

Take your time

The Savannah Way is a four-wheel drive journey that traverses rugged and challenging country. Plan to spend at least 7 days for the Northern Territory section or 14 days for the Darwin to Cairns route. If you want to take the whole trip, which runs from Cairns to Broome (3700km), you will need to allow at least 30 days.

More information

For more information about the Savannah Way, the following website can help you with maps, safety information and much more.

The Savannah Way

Suggested itinerary




Days 1-7 Cairns to the Northern Territory border


Day 8  Into the Northern Territory 


Day 10 Borroloola to Cape Crawford 


Day 11  Cape Crawford to Roper Bar


Day 12  Roper Bar to Mataranka 


Day 13  Mataranka to Judbarra/Gregory National Park


Days 14-15  Timber Creek to Kununurra 


Day 16 Kununurra to Broome


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