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The Scenic Cairns to Darwin Trip Via Savannah Way (Part I)

Estimated Travel Period: 18 Days, about 76 hours, 10 mins
Estimated Travel Distance: 3,530.7 kms

Best Time To Travel

This is a great tour to do anytime during the dry season, ideally between Easter (mid-April to May) and October. Know the Climates And Seasons In Queensland and the Northern Territory.

If you're traveling from Queensland to the Northern Territory, there are so many places to see and things to do that you will want to be on the road for a long time. Make sure you give yourself at least two weeks or more to fully enjoy this itinerary.
Although the route makes use of sealed roads, it does require having to go off road so you'll need a 4WD. Find a great vehicle in 4WD Hire Australia.
Please note that the itinerary includes bush camping, so make sure you come prepared. Get tips on what you need to bring with our Australian Camping Checklist.
The Savannah Way is Australia's Adventure Drive, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley, via the natural wonders of Australia’s tropical savannahs and the Northern Territory’s Top End. Visit www.savannahway.com.au


Day 1 Cairns to Yungaburra

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 10 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:68kms

The first stop is into the Atherton Tablelands, in the lovely town of Yungaburra. Go for a swim in Lake Eacham or take a cruise at Lake Barrine, and sample the local produce like coffee and wine.

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Day 2 Yungaburra to Mount Surprise

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 20 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:225 kms

Head on to the Undara Volcanic National Park, where you can discover a great range of flora and fauna.

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Day 3 Mount Surprise (Undara Lava Tubes)

Estimated Travel Period: 2 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:120 meters

Go birdwatching in the early mornings and take a tour into the Undara lava tubes before sunset.

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Day 4 Mount Surprise to Forsayth

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 10 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:133 kms

Discover the nearby Cobbold Gorge in an amazing sandstone formation that took millions of years to complete. Cruise the Gorge and explore its ancient landforms. You can also go bushwalking and birdwatching.

Day 5 Forsayth to Croydon

Estimated Travel Period: about 4 hours 10 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:188 kms

Explore the historic town of Croydon, where gold was once discovered in the late 1800s. Go bush camping and meet the local birdlife at Leichhardt Lagoon.

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Day 6 Croydon to Karumba

Estimated Travel Period: about 4 hours
Estimated Travel Distance:225 kms

Visit the historic sites in Normanton before continuing and trying your luck at catching barramundi in Karumba.

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