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Best Adventure Hub-Kununurra WA

Its not just Savannah Way Ltd that thinks this region is spectacular; “Outside Magazine chooses the top vacation spots of 2013”

This leafy green outpost (pop. 4,600) in Western Australia’s Kimberly Region has just a few hotels, one sports tavern, and a handful of restaurants. In other words, you come for the surroundings: a remote landscape 10 times the size of Switzerland that has 250-million-year-old red rock, ancient pictographs, the bizarre beehive-shaped Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park, and a Delaware-size reserve (Camden Sound Marine Park) off the coast to protect the largest humpback whale calving area in the southern hemisphere.

Fly here in the dry season (from April to October) from Darwin, Broome, or Perth on Qantas, rent a 4×4 at the airport, and check into the new Freshwater Apartments overlooking Lily Creek Lagoon. Then go play. One recommendation: a 68-mile cruise in a 700-horsepower speedboat on the Ord River for instant immersion in the area’s natural history and wildlife. Another: El Questro, a lodge sitting on one million acres of El Questro Wilderness Park, 60 miles west of Kununurra.

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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

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.

It’s time to hit the road!

The humidity levels are dropping, the landscapes are teeming with wildlife, the Barra are biting and Northern Australia is ramping up to showcase their calendar of extraordinary Outback events. It’s time to escape the cold temperatures of the southern states and enjoy blue skies, warm dry days and cool nights…perfect for outdoor adventures and touring. If you’re hitting the road be sure to visit our website for contact details to check road conditions before you head off into the sunset!

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Welcome to Savannah Way’s NEW Blog

The Savannah Way is Australia’s Adventure Drive, linking Cairns in Tropical North Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia’s Kimberley, via the natural wonders of Australia’s tropical savannahs and the Northern Territory’s Top End.

The 3700 kilometre route links 15 National Parks and five World Heritage areas. You can explore just a section or cross the continent enjoying its wide horizons, ancient gorges and abundant wildlife, connecting with Aboriginal and pioneer heritage in today’s friendly outback.

ABOUT US– Savannah Way Limited, the non-profit organization promotes the drive route for the benefit of local communities. We work to assist small businesses and communities along the route through sustainable tourism and network support including tourism promotion, road signage, brochure and merchandise distribution, agent and media contact.

Follow our Blog and keep an eye out for posts on some of the great events coming to the region in 2012.