Category Archives: Northern Territory

Australia’s Timeless Lands-Along the Savannah Way

THE LOST CITY, NORTHERN TERRITORY

The Lost CityBorroloola Lost City,Cape Crawford, Northern Territory: Limmen National Park is one of the Northern Territory’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away in a seldom-visited corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria west of Borroloola, it’s a must-do stop on the trans-continental Savannah Way that crosses the top half of Australia between Cairns and Broome. Butterfly Springs is a beautiful swimming hole surrounded by paperbarks and exquisite fern-leafed grevillea ablaze with dainty orange flowers that attract hundreds of birds to the oasis during the dry season. It’s also home to thousands of Common Crow butterflies that cover the sandstone wall to the right of the pool and arise en masse when you approach. The beautiful springs are reason enough to visit this remote park but most people come to see the bizarre towering red-rock pillars at the Southern Lost City. At 1.4 billion years in the making, these rocks are some of the oldest in the world. It’s a remote and rugged place and, so far, few seem to know it’s there so you won’t have to share.Where to stay: BYO tent or swag and camp at Butterfly Springs Borroloola Fishing Club Campground or stay at the award winning Savannah Way Motel.

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GULF SAVANNAH, QUEENSLAND

The Undara Experience,Gulf Savannah, Queensland: Set in the Gulf Savannah country, Undara is as ancient and alluring as the continent itself, The UndaraUndara Experience Lava Tubes stand as silent sentinels to our pre-history. Here you can walk in the path of a volcano and sleep cocooned in an antique railway carriage as your dreams connect you with the essence of this timeless land. It’s a place where you can explore natural geological wonders, enjoy the comforts and hospitality of a unique outback setting and where the local wildlife are as abundant as they are at home in their surroundings. Located on the eastern edge of the ruggedly beautiful Gulf Savannah region of northern Australia, the multi-award winning Undara Experience captures the essence of the real Australian Outback.

Where to stay: Neither hotel nor resort, Undara Experience is a wilderness experience totally in contrast to today’s modern accommodation. There is a range of accommodation types from luxuriously restored railway carriages (some with ensuite bathrooms), nestled in the Queensland bush to Camping: a range of camping alternatives and sites including above ground tents.

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THE KIMBERLEYS, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

The origin of the rocks that make up the landscape of the Kimberley is very complex. Volcanic activity with outpourings of lava has formed basalt, while intrusions of magma (molten rock) beneath the land’s surface have formed granites and dolerites – now exposed in places by erosion.

El Questro Wilderness Park is part of the Kimberley Plateau, which consists of a vast area of comparatively flat high country, interrupted by sandstone escarpments that may stretch for tens of kilometres. Some of the most spectacular form the Cockburn Ranges along the Gibb River road.Purnululu National Park, Kimberley, WA

Where to Stay: El Questro Wilderness Park is one of the world’s most unique holiday destinations – a property over 1 million acres in size in the heart of Australia’s Kimberley region, offering a true Australian outback experience. El Questro Wilderness Park offers three types of accommodation, each different in style and catering to a range of budgets: exclusive and five-star luxury at the Homestead, Tented Cabins nestled into the natural bushland at Emma Gorge Resort at El Questro, and Bungalows or Riverside Camping at the El Questro Station.

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Top 10 Australian Outback Experiences – Australian Geographic

Top 10 Australian outback experiences – Australian Geographic.

Purnululu National Park, Kimberley, WA

The Worlds Longest 4WD Geocaching Adventure!

Northern Territory is home to hundreds of geocaches, from the streets of Alice Springs and Darwin, to remote beauty spots of Arnhem Land to Timber Creek. And Northern Territory offers a unique Geocaching experience – the Worlds Longest 4WD Geocaching Adventure!

A 3,000Klm bush highway exploring the wildest, remotest landscapes in Australia. Follow the Savannah Way geocaches through inspiring Top End scenery, share some time with local characters. Swim crystal clear billabongs surrounded by butterflies, explore rock art of ancient caves, and roll out your swag in tropical rain forests.

At every waypoint, search and claim your Savannah Wayfarer Waytags as souvenirs of your once in a lifetime geocache odyssey over Australia’s Top End.

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Explore the Savannah Way Geocaching map below, click on the yellow waypoints and download the kml and gpx data direct to your device.

All geocaches contain Savannah Wayfarer waytags and some have an extra special gift from local tourism operators. Fancy a slice of fruitcake beneath an ancient tree? Jam and scones at an Indigenous art workshop? A discount on an extra night’s accommodation? Seek, and you shall find!