Take some time to plan your trip on The Savannah Way for the best experience possible.
Please remember that The Savannah Way is home to many people as well as a rich diversity of wildlife:
- Don’t leave rubbish behind – even pick some up if you can.
- Please protect waterways – no soap or toileting within 100 metres.
- Think fire safety – extinguish campfires.
- Try to minimise firewood use, especially live or hollow logs that may be animal homes.
- Don’t take too many fish – some areas and species are under pressure.
- Please respect private land and leave gates as you found them.
Contact the relevant state or territory motoring body below for current road conditions:
While driving in Northern Australia offers a unique experience, it also presents unique driving conditions that should be considered:
- Road conditions regularly vary from multi-lane bitumen and single lane bitumen to gravel and dirt. Some unsealed creek crossings take months to recover from a big wet. Be careful of soft edges and narrow roads.
- On unsealed roads fine dust can conceal deep potholes and reduce visibility, so slow down and keep your headlights on.
- When meeting road trains and heavy vehicles on single lane roads, slow right down and move off the road to the left, if it is safe to do so move of the road entirely and stop to avoid driving into any obstacles on the verge.
- Staying in contact in the outback is vital. While mobile phones will work in many towns, staying in contact by radio, satellite phone or carrying an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is advisable.
For Roadside Assistance in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia phone 13 11 11
or phone local Police, Council Offices or tourism operators
Animals often feed beside outback roads, be especially careful at night, sunrise and sunset.
Emus will often run beside a vehicle and swerve at the last minute. Kangaroos are unpredictable, if one does jump in front of you, don’t over react.
An animal impact may be less harmful than attempting to swerve.
Be sure you understand the conditions of car / campervan / trailer hire before you plan your trip. Check if you can travel on unsealed roads and the procedures for breakdowns or damage repairs.
Spend some time examining all of the vehicle’s features, and concentrate on feeling how the vehicle brakes, accelerates and turns especially in your fist few kilometres of driving
Driving in Wet Conditions
Be sure you have good tyres and drive below the speed limit in the wet. Check road conditions with the appropriate body and postpone your trip on unsealed roads if required.
Localised rain can make rivers rise and fall rapidly. Don’t attempt to cross flooded bridges or causeways unless you are sure of the depth and the road’s condition.
Crossing should not be attempted if the water is fast-flowing or at a greater depth than the height of the middle of the wheel.Beware, crocodiles inhabit waterholes and creeks across Northern Australia.
Huge trucks, known as road trains, traverse Northern Australia. These can be up to the length of 10 cars.
Allow plenty of room before you overtake these vehicles – be prepared for them to sway as you overtake.
If a large vehicle is approaching you, make sure you allow plenty of room to pass. This will also help to avoid windscreen damage
When the sun is low on the horizon it makes clear vision impossible. If you are driving west plan to reach your destination by 4pm.
Avoid night driving as this is the time when most accidents occur. Animals, especially cattle, are difficult to see at night even in the middle of the road.
Towing requires more skills and effort than normal driving. Schedule extra rest stops and shorter travelling days to avoid fatigue.
Remember the extra length, width and stopping distance required and apply the accelerator and brakes smoothly to avoid trailer sway. If the trailer begins to sway, don’t brake quickly. If the trailer is fitted with brakes apply them gently and continue at a steady speed or accelerate slightly until the swaying stops.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Mobile phone coverage is limited to some major centres on The Savannah Way.
We suggest embracing a few technology free days!
Travelling on The Savannah Way is an adventure, and can take you to some remote places. Having the right equipment for your safety and comfort is critical. Please ensure you plan carefully and consider the following items in your packing:
- Water – 20 litres is a good amount for use on the track and in case of breakdown
- Sun Protection – hats, long sleeved shirts and sunscreen
- Vehicle tools, spares and recovery gear
- Spare fuel cans – calculate your travel to determine if you need these
- Maps and GPS navigator
- Communication equipment
- Camping gear or perhaps just an esky/cooler for drinks