Lose your­self in trop­i­cal splen­dour

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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.

Photo: Rhys Palaz­zolo

Crys­tal Cas­cades wa­ter­fall, near Cairns.

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