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Savannah Way
30 Days  / 3699 Kilometres

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Description

The Savannah Way is Australia's Adventure Drive, taking in five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Trek across the top of Australia from the vibrant, tropical city of Cairns where you can experience the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest to Broome, with its Kimberley characters and spectacular scenery including Cable Beach.

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From Cairns, head through lush rainforest to the farmlands of the Atherton Tablelands before discovering the outback beauty of the Gulf Savannah. Explore the world's longest lava tube at Undara Volcanic National Park, fossick for topaz near Mount Surprise and glide through the narrow sandstone walls of Cobbold Gorge. Croydon's historic precinct takes you back to the gold mining era, ride the historic Gulflander train to Normanton to go croc spotting and fishing or take a side trip to Burke and Wills' camp of 1861. Discover the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields and cool off in the tropical oasis of Lawn Hill National Park.

Travel across the top end of the Northern Territory to see remote cattle stations and incredible landscapes where gorges, natural springs and remarkable stone outcrops punctuate the scenery. Take a chopper ride over the Lost City's rock formations, see the wetlands of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, cool off in the waterholes of Elsey National Park or discover just how good the fishing can be around Borroloola. Cruise through Katherine Gorge, relax at the Mataranka Hot Springs and see the Aboriginal art sites at Gregory National Park.

The Kimberley region of Western Australia is the country's last frontier where you can learn about its pioneering cattle families at Lake Argyle and explore the incredible Ord River. Be amazed by the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles, picnic beneath the all-white China Wall, experience authentic Aboriginal culture with local guides in the Dampier Peninsula and see the Prison Boab Tree near Derby. End your journey soaking up the unique outback atmosphere of Broome with its striking coastal scenery and fascinating melting pot of cultures stemming from a rich pearling history.

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Journey Routes


  • Queensland Highlights

    Travel from the reef through the rainforest to the outback beauty of the Gulf Savannah on the Queensland section of the Savannah Way. Starting in the tropical city of Cairns, you can explore the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. This route includes the world's longest lava tube at Undara Volcanic National Park, Mount Surprise where you can fossick for topaz and Einasleigh where the Savannahlander train stops outside the pub. Enjoy the serene beauty of cruising Cobbold Gorge before admiring the amazing mineral collection at Georgetown and reliving the gold mining days as you explore the well preserved buildings of Croydon's historic precinct. Go croc spotting or fishing on Normanton's mighty river, then head to the coast for Karumba's famous sunsets and amazing fishing. Travel through grasslands rich with wildlife including an array of birds to Burketown where the Morning Glory cloud formation rolls across the Gulf of Carpentaria. Relax in the outback oasis of Adel's Grove before exploring the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, then be awestruck at Boodjamulla National Park's spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge. The Aboriginal community of Doomadgee is the last stop before the remote Hell's Gate Roadhouse.
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  • Hughenden to Georgetown

    Hughenden is where the first entire dinosaur skeleton was found in Australia and today you can see a life-size replica of Hughie the Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre. Take the Kennedy Developmental Road to Porcupine Gorge National Park which features 500 million years of layered rock formations known as Australia's "Little Grand Canyon". Admire the gorge from the lookout before walking to the base for a swim in the cool water. Drive through Blackbraes National Park where basalt outcrops and ironbark woodlands are home to grey kangaroos and abundant birdlife. Stop at The Lynd to have a beer at the Oasis Roadhouse, said to be the smallest bar in Australia as it holds just two thirsty travellers. Head to Einasleigh to see Copperfield Gorge and then Forsayth where relics of the Etheridge Goldfields including a rail engine are displayed. Cobbold Gorge can keep you busy for days whether it is gliding on a boat between the sandstone cliffs of the narrow gorge, bushwalking to spot crocodiles, fishing for barramundi or seeing a working cattle station in action. End your journey at Georgetown and admire the TerrEstrial Centre's extensive mineral collection from around the world.
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  • Northern Matilda Highway

    Tour the northern section of the Matilda Highway from Cloncurry, the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the landing place of the first Qantas flight. Stop for fuel or a meal at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, then turn on to the Wills Developmental Road to Gregory Downs on the tranquil Gregory River where you can canoe and bushwalk. Stay at the outback oasis, Adel's Grove, a haven for wildlife which was once a botanical garden. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is where you can canoe through emerald creeks past sandstone cliffs and see Waanyi rock art. Follow the Wild Dog Dreaming path, take in panoramic views over the Constance Range and see freshwater crocodiles and unique birdlife. Tours to the nearby Riversleigh Fossil Fields interpret this World Heritage-listed treasure trove of clearly visible bones revealing the history of Australia's mammal species. From the Aboriginal community of Doomadgee travel through grasslands rich with birdlife to Burketown where the Morning Glory cloud formation rolls across the Gulf of Carpentaria. End your journey at Normanton at the very top of the Matilda Highway where you can pose with Krys, the life-size replica of the largest crocodile ever captured (8.64 metres).
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  • Savannah Way Caravan Trail

    Meet the friendly characters of the Savannah Way as you travel through pioneering outback towns and rugged landscapes with dramatic natural features. This route starts in the modern tropical city of Cairns where you can explore the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. Leave the coast behind as you travel across the Atherton Tableland though Queensland's highest town, Ravenshoe at 920 metres, for the outback beauty of the Gulf Savannah. Undara Volcanic National Park is where you can explore the world's longest lava tube, enjoy a hearty bush breakfast and see diverse wildlife. Learn how to fossick for semi-precious stones at Mr Surprise before heading into Georgetown to see the incredible mineral collection. Croydon has a rich heritage landscape with mining machinery and buildings from the gold rush era. Its well preserved historic precinct showcases public buildings from the late 1800s. Normanton is better known for its colourful pubs and fishing in the mighty Norman River where you are sure to spot a crocodile. At the mouth of the river is Karumba, the centre of the Gulf's prawning and barramundi industries and the place to watch the sun sink into the ocean.
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  • Fossicking Trail

    Whether you enjoy digging dusty creek beds for sapphires or using a metal detector to uncover hidden treasure, there are fossicking locations galore on this gem of a trail. Mount Surprise is a gem fossicking centre with topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm and aquamarine to be found. Learn the techniques for sieving at Mt Surprise Gems where you can see how faceting is done. Head out to O'Brien's Creek Designated Fossicking Area, just 37 kilometres north of Mount Surprise, to try your hand digging for topaz in the creek bed. Georgetown's TerrEstrial Centre is a magnificent mineral display and nearby Flat Creek Station welcomes visitors with gold detectors. About 85 kilometres south of Forsayth, the Agate Creek Designated Fossicking Area is where you may find agate or thunder eggs in a range of rich colours. From Forsayth, where you can see the Goldfields Hotel display of agates and gold, head to Einasleigh to visit Copperfield Gorge before travelling to The Lynd Junction. About 90 kilometres south is Moonstone Hill where you can fossick for feldspar, known as moonstone for its silvery-white to blue sheen. Another 16 kilometres south, turn off to Chudleigh Park to look for gem-quality peridot.
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Journey Details

Duration30 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Distance3699 KilometresItinerary RouteOne Way
Mode of TravelCar
Level of Difficulty Unrated

Facilities

  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
    Cafe
  • Car park
    Car park
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Guide
    Guide
  • Lockers
    Lockers
  • Parents Room
    Parents Room
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Astronomy
    Astronomy
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Canoeing
    Canoeing
  • Cooking
    Cooking
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Fossicking
    Fossicking
  • Fruit Picking
    Fruit Picking
  • Prospecting
    Prospecting
  • Golfing
    Golfing
  • Horseriding
    Horseriding
  • Mountain Biking
    Mountain Biking
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Train Ride
    Train Ride
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Wine Tasting
    Wine Tasting


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Savannah Way Full Itinerary


Queensland Highlights

Travel from the reef through the rainforest to the outback beauty of the Gulf Savannah on the Queensland section of the Savannah Way. Starting in the tropical city of Cairns, you can explore the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest. This route includes the world's longest lava tube at Undara Volcanic National Park, Mount Surprise where you can fossick for topaz and Einasleigh where the Savannahlander train stops outside the pub. Enjoy the serene beauty of cruising Cobbold Gorge before admiring the amazing mineral collection at Georgetown and reliving the gold mining days as you explore the well preserved buildings of Croydon's historic precinct. Go croc spotting or fishing on Normanton's mighty river, then head to the coast for Karumba's famous sunsets and amazing fishing. Travel through grasslands rich with wildlife including an array of birds to Burketown where the Morning Glory cloud formation rolls across the Gulf of Carpentaria. Relax in the outback oasis of Adel's Grove before exploring the World Heritage-listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields, then be awestruck at Boodjamulla National Park's spectacular Lawn Hill Gorge. The Aboriginal community of Doomadgee is the last stop before the remote Hell's Gate Roadhouse.



Photos

Cobbold Gorge
Cobbold Gorge
Undara Lava Tubes - Undara National Park
Undara Lava Tubes - Undara National Park


Route Details

Duration:
10 Days 
Distance:
1347 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Savannah Way Info Bay
- Vehicle Washdown Facility, Mt Surprise
- Morning Glory Park, Burketown

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Outback
    Outback


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Hughenden to Georgetown

Hughenden is where the first entire dinosaur skeleton was found in Australia and today you can see a life-size replica of Hughie the Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre.

Take the Kennedy Developmental Road to Porcupine Gorge National Park which features 500 million years of layered rock formations known as Australia's "Little Grand Canyon". Admire the gorge from the lookout before walking to the base for a swim in the cool water.

Drive through Blackbraes National Park where basalt outcrops and ironbark woodlands are home to grey kangaroos and abundant birdlife.

Stop at The Lynd to have a beer at the Oasis Roadhouse, said to be the smallest bar in Australia as it holds just two thirsty travellers.

Head to Einasleigh to see Copperfield Gorge and then Forsayth where relics of the Etheridge Goldfields including a rail engine are displayed.

Cobbold Gorge can keep you busy for days whether it is gliding on a boat between the sandstone cliffs of the narrow gorge, bushwalking to spot crocodiles, fishing for barramundi or seeing a working cattle station in action.

End your journey at Georgetown and admire the TerrEstrial Centre's extensive mineral collection from around the world.



Photos

Savannah Way - cattle man
Savannah Way - cattle man
Forsayth - Savannah Way
Forsayth - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
3 Days 
Distance:
506 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Hughenden Showground
- Georgetown Shire Hall
- Einasleigh Cemetery

Experiences
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Northern Matilda Highway

Tour the northern section of the Matilda Highway from Cloncurry, the birthplace of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the landing place of the first Qantas flight. Stop for fuel or a meal at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, then turn on to the Wills Developmental Road to Gregory Downs on the tranquil Gregory River where you can canoe and bushwalk. Stay at the outback oasis, Adel's Grove, a haven for wildlife which was once a botanical garden.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is where you can canoe through emerald creeks past sandstone cliffs and see Waanyi rock art. Follow the Wild Dog Dreaming path, take in panoramic views over the Constance Range and see freshwater crocodiles and unique birdlife. Tours to the nearby Riversleigh Fossil Fields interpret this World Heritage-listed treasure trove of clearly visible bones revealing the history of Australia's mammal species.

From the Aboriginal community of Doomadgee travel through grasslands rich with birdlife to Burketown where the Morning Glory cloud formation rolls across the Gulf of Carpentaria. End your journey at Normanton at the very top of the Matilda Highway where you can pose with Krys, the life-size replica of the largest crocodile ever captured (8.64 metres).



Photos

Burketown - Savannah Way
Burketown - Savannah Way
Riversleigh - Savannah Way
Riversleigh - Savannah Way
Lawn Hill Gorge - Savannah Way
Lawn Hill Gorge - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
5 Days 
Distance:
980 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Burke and Wills Roadhouse
- Gregory Downs
- Lawn Hill Cattle Station

Experiences
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Savannah Way Caravan Trail

Meet the friendly characters of the Savannah Way as you travel through pioneering outback towns and rugged landscapes with dramatic natural features. This route starts in the modern tropical city of Cairns where you can explore the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest.

Leave the coast behind as you travel across the Atherton Tableland though Queensland's highest town, Ravenshoe at 920 metres, for the outback beauty of the Gulf Savannah. Undara Volcanic National Park is where you can explore the world's longest lava tube, enjoy a hearty bush breakfast and see diverse wildlife.

Learn how to fossick for semi-precious stones at Mr Surprise before heading into Georgetown to see the incredible mineral collection. Croydon has a rich heritage landscape with mining machinery and buildings from the gold rush era. Its well preserved historic precinct showcases public buildings from the late 1800s.

Normanton is better known for its colourful pubs and fishing in the mighty Norman River where you are sure to spot a crocodile. At the mouth of the river is Karumba, the centre of the Gulf's prawning and barramundi industries and the place to watch the sun sink into the ocean.



Photos

Record Croc's Lunch
Record Croc's Lunch
Undara Experience
Undara Experience


Route Details

Duration:
7 Days 
Distance:
1375 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Caravan
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Henry Ross Lookout, Kuranda Range
- Savannah Way Info Bay, 40 Mile Scrub National Park
- Croydon Savannah Golf Course

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Underground
    Underground
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Fossicking Trail

Whether you enjoy digging dusty creek beds for sapphires or using a metal detector to uncover hidden treasure, there are fossicking locations galore on this gem of a trail. Mount Surprise is a gem fossicking centre with topaz, quartz, spinel, garnet, cairngorm and aquamarine to be found. Learn the techniques for sieving at Mt Surprise Gems where you can see how faceting is done. Head out to O'Brien's Creek Designated Fossicking Area, just 37 kilometres north of Mount Surprise, to try your hand digging for topaz in the creek bed.

Georgetown's TerrEstrial Centre is a magnificent mineral display and nearby Flat Creek Station welcomes visitors with gold detectors. About 85 kilometres south of Forsayth, the Agate Creek Designated Fossicking Area is where you may find agate or thunder eggs in a range of rich colours. From Forsayth, where you can see the Goldfields Hotel display of agates and gold, head to Einasleigh to visit Copperfield Gorge before travelling to The Lynd Junction.

About 90 kilometres south is Moonstone Hill where you can fossick for feldspar, known as moonstone for its silvery-white to blue sheen. Another 16 kilometres south, turn off to Chudleigh Park to look for gem-quality peridot.



Photos

Mt Surprise fossicking
Mt Surprise fossicking
Fossicking tour
Fossicking tour


Route Details

Duration:
5 Days 
Distance:
550 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- OBriens Creek Gemfields
- Agate Creek
- Moonstone Hill

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Fishing Trail

The Gulf Savannah is the land of legendary fishing spots where you can hook mighty barramundi, duel with queen fish or snag threadfin salmon. Fish the estuaries for grunter and fingermark or head offshore to troll for cobia and Spanish mackerel.

Start at the largest body of fresh water in the Gulf Savannah, Lake Belmore near Croydon where you can catch red claw, barramundi, sooty grunter and black bream. Next stop is the mighty Norman River at Normanton, the barramundi capital of the Gulf of Carpentaria and host of the annual Barra Classic. Take a fishing tour or try the old bridge on the Karumba road - a king salmon and barramundi hot spot at night.

Karumba at the mouth of the Norman River is the centre of the Gulf's prawning and barramundi industries. Cast your line off the beach or join a cruise to catch mud crabs or a variety of ocean fish. Visit the Barramundi Discovery Centre where barramundi are bred for release into the Gulf rivers and feed the 20 kilogram barra.

Burketown hosts the World Barramundi Championships and has the Albert and Nicholson Rivers as great fishing locations. Offshore is Sweers Island, a popular fishing resort.



Photos

Fishing - Measure That One
Fishing - Measure That One
Karumba boats
Karumba boats


Route Details

Duration:
4 Days 
Distance:
515 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Lake Belmore, Croydon
- Normanton Boat Ramp, Normanton
- Karumba Boat Ramp, Karumba

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Bird Watching Trail

Diverse habitats including rainforest, swamps and savannah plains are home to extraordinary birdlife on this drive. Start on the Atherton Tablelands at the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve where 204 species of wetland and bushland birds live, including black-throated finches and the jabiru.

Sarus cranes nest at Bromfield Swamp, while the two-storey bird hide at Hasties Swamp gives a clear view of resident and migratory birds. Wongabel State Forest has the remnants of endangered mabi forest, home to endemic Wet Tropics species including Victoria's riflebird. More upland rainforest birds are at Mount Hypipamee.

Woodland and aquatic species are found at Millstream Falls National Park area while thousands of black swans flock to Wurruma Swamp, east of Mount Garnet.

The Savannah Way is rich with birdlife especially at dams like the one near Cumberland Chimney, west of Georgetown. Flocks of pink and grey galahs live at Croydon, and diverse species can be seen from the bird hide at nearby Lake Belmore.

Water birds including brolga, godwits, sandpipers and the near threatened Australian bustard are at Mutton Hole Wetlands on the way to Karumba where you can take a cruise early in the morning or at sunset to go bird watching.



Photos

Double Bar Finch - Bird Watching
Double Bar Finch - Bird Watching
Cockatoo - Bird Watching - Savannah Way
Cockatoo - Bird Watching - Savannah Way
Fly Catcher - Bird Watching - Savannah Way
Fly Catcher - Bird Watching - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
4 Days 
Distance:
725 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Bromfield Swamp
- Wurruma Swamp
- Cumberland Chimney

Experiences
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Heritage Trail

Start the trail at the Cairns Museum to get a feel for Far Northern history from the early Indigenous inhabitants through to the influx of European and Chinese gold seekers and the pioneering cattlemen.

Explore World War 2 history on the Atherton Tablelands, Australia's largest military base during 1943 to 1945. Learn more at the Mareeba RSL or take a flight in an ex-military aircraft at Warbird Adventures.

Listed on the National Heritage Register, Herberton is the Tablelands' oldest town and you can explore Australiana at the Herberton Historic Village.

Stay in a restored railway carriage at Undara Experience or travel on the historic Savannahlander to the outback towns of Mount Surprise, Einasleigh and Forsayth.

Visit a working cattle station at nearby Cobbold Gorge before heading to Georgetown to see gold and other treasures that lured prospectors to the region.

Croydon's historic precinct is a snapshot of life in the 1800s and where you can board the Gulflander Train to Normanton's Victorian railway station.

Visit the site of Burke and Wills' camp of 1861 on the way to Burketown where the cemetery - thought to be Australia's largest mass grave - reveals how "Gulf Fever" killed much of the population.



Photos

Croydon Savannah Way
Croydon Savannah Way
Undara Heritage Hut, Savannah Way
Undara Heritage Hut, Savannah Way
Burketown relics - Savannah Way
Burketown relics - Savannah Way
Gulflander Station - train - Savannah Way
Gulflander Station - train - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
7 Days 
Distance:
1165 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Normanton Railway Station
- Burke and Wills Camp
- Burketown Cemetery

Experiences
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Cairns Gulf Savannah 3 Day

Starting in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, you can drive through the Wet Tropics rainforest to visit Barron Falls and browse the markets in the rainforest village of Kuranda. Continue on to Mareeba, set amidst orchards, coffee plantations and sugar cane fields, and explore the Atherton Tablelands with its rainforest walks, mountain bike trails and waterfalls. Visit Atherton's century-old Chinese temple, a bird watching hide or a volcanic crater lake.

Drive into the savannah grasslands and stop to soak in the therapeutic mineral waters of Innot Hot Springs. Tour the world's longest lava tube system in Undara Volcanic National Park and enjoy campfire entertainment at the Lava Lodge.

Start the day with a hearty bush breakfast and spot kangaroos, wallabies and birds on your morning walk. Drive to Mount Surprise where you can learn how to fossick for gems and continue on to the stunning mineral collection at Georgetown's TerrEstrial Centre.

Take a good unsealed road to Cobbold Gorge, a working cattle station with a picturesque gorge cruise. Glide past sandstone cliffs to see freshwater crocodiles basking in the sun and darter birds drying their wings after they dive underwater to spear fish with their sharp beaks.



Photos

Rainforest Walk - Atherton Tablelands - Savannah Way
Rainforest Walk - Atherton Tablelands - Savannah Way
Undara - Lava Tubes - Savannah Way
Undara - Lava Tubes - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
3 Days 
Distance:
520 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Barron Falls, Kuranda
- Innot Hot Springs
- Heritage Park, Georgetown

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Outback
    Outback


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Townsville Gulf Savannah 3 Day

Start in Townsville where you can experience the laid back lifestyle of the tropics at The Strand, a 2.5 kilometre stretch of inner-city beach and playgrounds.

Head towards the Outback over Herveys Range through Thorntons Gap, following the route of the prospectors trekking to the remote western gold mining camps. Here you can see one of the oldest buildings in North Queensland, a split log cabin circa 1865.

Take the Gregory Developmental Road to The Lynd to have a beer at the Oasis Roadhouse, said to be the smallest bar in Australia as it holds just two thirsty travellers. Next stop is Einasleigh to see Copperfield Gorge and then Forsayth where relics of the Etheridge Goldfields including a rail engine are displayed.

Cobbold Gorge can keep you busy for days whether it is gliding on a boat between the sandstone cliffs of the narrow gorge, bushwalking to spot crocodiles, fishing for barramundi or seeing a working cattle station in action.

End the journey at another natural wonder, the world's longest lava tubes at Undara Volcanic National Park. Explore the tubes with a guide, see the rim of the volcano and watch micro bats emerge from the tubes at dark.



Photos

Townsville - Savannah Way
Townsville - Savannah Way
Undara - lava tubes - Savannah Way
Undara - lava tubes - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
3 Days 
Distance:
660 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Lynd Junction
- Forsayth Railway Station
- Mt Surprise Railway Station

Experiences
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Outback
    Outback
  • Underground
    Underground


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



Einasleigh Forsayth Loop

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Start at the small town of Mount Surprise where you can learn how to fossick for gems including agate, topaz and aquamarine and take a fossicking expedition to nearby O'Brien's Creek.

Once a copper mining town, Einasleigh is set among flat-top hills known as mesas which rise out of the grasslands. Walk to Copperfield Gorge before heading to Forsayth where relics of the Etheridge Goldfields including a rail engine are displayed. Turn off to Cobbold Gorge, a working cattle station with a picturesque gorge cruise. Glide past ancient sandstone cliffs to see freshwater crocodiles basking in the sun and darter birds drying their wings after they dive underwater to spear fish with their sharp beaks.

Return through Forsayth to stay at Flat Creek Station where you can use a metal detector or fossick for gold. Small nuggets and old coins have been found in recent years. Bird watching is a popular activity or tour the working cattle station.

Georgetown's TerrEstrial Centre is home to an extensive mineral collection from around the world and has a good history of the local finds. Georgetown was once nicknamed the 'poor man's goldfield' because anyone could find gold nuggets on the ground's surface.



Photos

Mt Surprise - fossick - Savannah Way
Mt Surprise - fossick - Savannah Way
Off Road Caravan - Savannah Way
Off Road Caravan - Savannah Way


Route Details

Duration:
3 Days 
Distance:
260 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
Car
Route Type:
One Way
Suggested Stops:

- Caschafor Park
- Cobbold Gorge
- Georgetown Golf Course

Experiences
  • Educational Tourism
    Educational Tourism
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Underground
    Underground


Level of Difficulty
Unrated



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