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

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 13 Mcarthur (Cape Crawford) to Mataranka

Estimated Travel Period: about 7 hours 45 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:446 kms

Time to get back on the road in Mataranka, where you will find plenty to do in Elsey National Park. You can go bushwalking, canoeing or take a nice relaxing dip at the Bitter Springs thermal pool.

Day 14 Mataranka to Katherine

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 20 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:106 kms

Immerse yourself in a true Aboriginal cultural experience in Manyallaluk before heading off to Katherine.

Day 15 Katherine to Nitmiluk

Estimated Travel Period: 37 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:29.6 kms

Go canoeing at the Katherine Gorge, and make friends with the wildlife at Nitmiluk National Park.

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Day 16 Nitmiluk to Kakadu

Estimated Travel Period: about 4 hours 15 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:340 kms

The tour of Kakadu starts in the southern end, where you can go swimming at the amazing Gunlom Falls or follow the signs to Yurmikmik walks to explore the diverse rock formations.

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Day 17 Kakadu

Estimated Travel Period: about 35 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:48.7 kms

Explore Kakadu National Park. Find a great campsite in Jim Jim before setting out for a tour of Maguk Gorge. Find amazing Aboriginal artwork on the Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr.

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Day 18 Kakadu to Darwin

Estimated Travel Period: about 3 hours 20 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:259 kms

The adventure doesn't end here. Watch the sunset in Charles Darwin National Park or just enjoy a nice warm evening at the Hidden Valley Tourist Park.

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