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Exploring one of Australia’s Final Frontiers now more accessible

Lorella Springs Wilderness Park is one Million Acres of Coast on the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Savannah Way, Northern Territory. The owners of 28 years, the Walkers, have now forged a track to probably the most remote piece of coastline in Australia.
The track to the river mouth is quite accessible for 4x4s with camper trailers and boat trailers, with plans to improve access for adventurous caravans as well. To find out more about the improved access and news at Lorella click here to their online newsletter.

Mouth at Lorella
ABOUT LORELLA SPRINGS WILDERNESS PARK
Lorella Springs Wilderness Park boasts some of the best 4WD driving in Australia, (whether you are newby, “Mum and Dad” 4 Wheel Driver – or a vastly experienced “I like a 4WD driving challenge” expert ).
Other activities include fantastic fishing, exploring natural springs, caves, waterfalls, bird filled lakes, miles of untouched coastline, wildlife, bushwalking and swimming to name a few.
With over 50% of the visitors to Lorella being repeat guests you just know that a visit to the park is one that you want to keep coming back for!
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
4WD Adventurers: There are hundreds of kilometres of tracks of all grades to satisfy everyone. Some that were originally extreme are now quite easy for beginners.
Keen Fishermen: Whether from a boat or off the banks there are plenty of fish bitting; some of the best fishing in Australia.
Birdwatchers: The property has 134 species on their list and growing every year. Because they are so remote and untouched, perhaps you may even find a new undiscovered species.
Families: Plenty of low cost adventures to amuse the whole family. Whether you are 8 months or 80 years … there is lots of fun and adventure for everyone.
Photographers: Some of the best and most interesting scenery and wildlife in Australia.

Check out their latest video! It’s only a few minutes long so grab yourself a cuppa, sit down, relax and enjoy the clip “Welcome to Lorella”

Get Off the Beaten Track- Savannah Way Route

Driving and camping along Australia’s longest driving route, the Savannah Way, is an adventure that is within anyone’s reach. Checkout this link below on a great article on traveling Australia’s north from Broome to Cairns.

4WD Adventure – Great Top Road

The Savannah Way's newest National Park
The Savannah Way’s newest National Park

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.

For more information checkout the Savannah Way Website

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.

For more information checkout the Savannah Way Website

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.

For more information checkout the Savannah Way Website

Savannah Way- Australia’s Adventure Drive- Bloggers Wanted

Have you travelled the Savannah Way? If you’ve any comments or questions we’d love to hear from you!

There are 100’s of great Blogs online on travelling Australia’s Adventure Drive, the Savannah Way. Blogs are great resources for tourists to checkout all the great things to see and do along the Savannah Way. If you have a great blog we would love for you to share it with us.

Here are a couple we find really resourceful!

http://myaussieadventure.com/2011/08/30/the-savannah-way/

http://www.1yearoff.com.au

Travelling Australia’s Adventure Drive -The Savannah Way….Calling all bloggers!

Have you travelled the Savannah Way?  If you’ve any comments or questions we’d love to hear from you!

Savannah Way- Australia’s Adventure Drive

If you have blogged your experience along the Savannah Way or have a story to tell about your adventure across Northern Australia we would love to hear from you. Blogs and user-posted stories are a great resource when planning a trip. Below are two blogs we thought were fantastic!

http://myaussieadventure.com/2011/08/30/the-savannah-way
http://www.1yearoff.com.au
 
 

Travel West-The Savannah Way Drive Route

Suggested Itineraries

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The Western Australian leg takes in many of the State’s unforgettable landmarks. It can be travelled on the Great Northern Highway or, for a real 4WD adventure, along the Gibb River Road. This legendary 660 kilometre trek, which starts in Kununurra and ends in Derby, is one of Australia’s premier outback drives.Lake Argyle, Geikie Gorge National ParkKununurra is the home of the mighty Ord River. Here, you can take a refreshing dip in a freshwater pool and watch crocs basking on the riverbanks.
The magnificent Geikie Gorge National Park is just 18 kilometres from Fitzroy Crossing – a must-see.
The tempestuous river is framed by untamed forest, rich with native figs, wild passionfruit, freshwater mangroves and river gums.
Halls Creek, another stop along the Great Northern Highway route, is the nearest town to the glorious Purnululu National Park – home of the breathtaking Bungle Bungles.
A short drive from Halls Creek, you’ll also find Wolfe Creek Crater – the second largest meteorite crater (880 metres) in the world.
The meteorite is believed to have crashed to earth around 300,000 years ago weighing more than 50,000 tonnes.

Camels on Cable Beach, BroomeIn Broome, visit famous Cable Beach – hailed as one of most beautiful stretches of coastline on earth.
This idyllic spot is blessed with azure waters fringed by 22 kilometres of pristine white sands, and is renowned for its spectacular fiery sunsets.

For more information on the route, visit the Savannah Way website.

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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Download Now!

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!