Katherine to Normanton
Katherine is the central hub of The Savannah Way. It’s a great place to spend a few days, and provides easy access to other adventures in the Northern Territory’s Top End. There are many sealed routes available from here, as well as unsealed road experiences. The Savannah Way east of Katherine involves such a choice.
Travellers in a two wheel drive or with a caravan can stay on the bitumen via Daly Waters and Cape Crawford as far as Borroloola and its great fishing. Two wheel drivers heading across the continent should look at travelling via Three Ways (near Tennant Creek), Camooweal and Mount Isa. Head north at Cloncurry along the Matilda Highway to Normanton and Cairns for a fully sealed journey maximizing your Savannah Way experience.
Four wheel drivers enjoy the adventurously remote Roper Bar route or Borroloola to Burketown section of the Savannah Way for great fishing, unsealed roads with few town style facilities and some gorgeous riverside camping spots. This is periodically closed or for high clearance four wheel drives only. Please check road conditions before travel. See our Information for Travellers section here (https://www.savannahway.com.au/roads.html).
Lawn Hill Gorge is one of The Savannah Way’s icons, and combined with a visit to Riversleigh Fossil fields is a “must do” side route. Although unsealed this road is often open for two wheel drive vehicles.
It’s a classic Australian adventure drive!