Lose yourself in tropical splendour
The Savannah Way, Queensland
WEAVING from Cairns through the NT’s interior and finishing on the striking WA coastline of Broome, the Savannah Way links two states, one territory, 15 national parks and five World Heritage sites.
Given the impressive hyperbole, it unsurprisingly lures in excess of 40,000 travellers annually.
And while covering some 3700km, it’s the Queensland section of the road that is most intriguing.
Tropical tablelands, grasslands rich with wildlife, historic goldfields, geological marvels and the dual World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest – you can spend weeks meandering here and still have room for more.
Of course, there are countless “highlights” but a few you can’t miss (the reef aside) include croc spotting on Normanton’s mighty river, fossicking for topaz in Mount Surprise and hunting for finds in the Riversleigh Fossil Fields.
Speaking of ancient things, in Gulf Savannah country’s Undara Volcanic National Park visitors can walk in the path of an extinct volcano through what are the largest and longest lava tubes on the planet.
Also, brand new for 2018 is the Yagurli Tours stargazing experience. Witness the night sky through state-of-the-art telescopes while indigenous guides share Dreamtime stories of the Gandalidda People and their interpretation of the universe.
Crystal Cascades waterfall, near Cairns.