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

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 7 Karumba to Burketown

Estimated Travel Period: about 8 hours 20 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:465 kms

Can't get enough fishing? Burketown has plenty of fishing holes and you can even join the annual Barramundi Fishing Competition held every Easter.

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Day 8 Burketown to Lawn Hill

Estimated Travel Period: about 5 hours 20 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:192 kms

See the amazing Lawn Hill Gorge in Boodjamulla National Park.

Day 9 Lawn Hill

Estimated Travel Period: 5 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:1.7 kms

Explore Boodjamulla National Park. Go canoeing or explore the lush vegetation around the park.

Day 10 Lawn Hill to Mcarthur

Estimated Travel Period: about 8 hours 45 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:589 kms

Welcome to the Northern Territory, where you can get a real outback adventure. It's a long drive so you'll need to bush camp at Robinson River Crossing. You can also take a longer route and stay overnight at the Heartbreak Hotel. 

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Day 11 Mcarthur to Borroloola

Estimated Travel Period: about 5 hours 45 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:144 kms

Get a little history lesson in the town of Borroloola, where you can also go fishing at the McArthur River and King Ash Bay.

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Day 12 Borroloola to Mcarthur (Cape Crawford)

Estimated Travel Period: about 2 hours 5 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:102 kms

Go on one of Caranbirini Conservation Reserve's walking trails and find the “lost cities” in Limmen National Park.

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