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The Savannah Way

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First stop in the NT was Borroloola. This was where we went out fishing in the Gulf Of Carpentaria and ended up having coral trout for dinner – thanks to the boys at McArthur River Fishing Charter for putting us in some epic spots. 

We camped out in Lorella Springs Wilderness Park – also known as The Kingdom of Lorella – for two nights. That place is insane! The station is bigger than the ACT. It’s one million acres, or 4,000 square kilometres, and it’s a wildlife sanctuary. It’s definitely a place to put on your bucket list.

We only had a few nights out there and it was so jam-packed we probably only saw about one per cent of what there is to see. We even camped out next to a hot spring that we had all to ourselves.

CITY VISIT
From Lorella Springs Wilderness Park we moved about 30 minutes to enjoy a night out in The Lost City.

The Lost City is part of the Limmen National Park, and you can hike all around the pinnacles. It’s definitely worth checking out.

After starting The Savannah Way last year – see issue #67 – I’ve been so keen to get back on the road and complete the rest of it. After finishing up the Queensland leg, I’m stoked to be back here in the Northern Territory to continue this epic road trip.

TERRITORIAL
This has been a dream trip of mine for quite a long time. The Savannah Way links Cairns in Queensland to Broome in Western Australia.

The trip kicked off just north of Cairns and headed west through Undara Volcanic National Park, Cobbold Gorge, Mount Surprise, Karumba and Boodjamulla National Park, and now it was time to cross into the Northern Territory.

The night skies were so nice out there.

There’s no light pollution and the dry-season air is crisp and clear. It’s the best time for a road trip up that way, especially for keen photographers.

The days are usually 30 degrees and at night it’s cool enough for a fire and to sleep under a doona.

DONE FOR NOW
From Limmen National Park we made it across into Mataranka to check out the hot springs after a night at the Daly Waters Hotel.

What a great pub!

This leg of The Savannah Way has been epic. We are now spending our time around the Nitmiluk Gorge just outside Katherine. So far I’ve been blown away by the scenery up here and I can’t wait to see what the second half of the NT journey through to Keep River National Park brings us.

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