Our recent caravan adventures took us across the Savannah Way in Northern Australia, from the tropical east coast and Atherton Tablelands, through the vast, remote and sparsely populated interior outback of Queensland and Northern Territory, and on through the stunning Kimberley region of Western Australia and ending up at the beachside town of Broome. What an amazing country we live in, with so much diversity. The road conditions along the Savannah Way are sometimes a little unpredictable and it is essential to check ahead with the Visitor Information Centres and other travelers as to any hazards or changing conditions that may effect your plans. There are generally a number of different options to get to where you’re going and sometimes the alternative tracks can be an adventure and discovery in themselves!
I have published a number of blog posts for the different places we have visited and below is summary and links to each. The majority of our trip was spent in The Kimberley and there are still quite a few places that we have kept on our list for our next trip over that way. I hope you enjoy a little insight into the beauty of Northern Australia.
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The Great Northern Highway in Western Australia has a diverse array of scenery. Ngumpan Cliff is located between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek and is a spectacular rest point and a poplular choice for campers and caravaners to spend the night and take in the amazing sunsets and sunrises. We also took the opportunity to explore around the area and check out the rocks!
After hearing rave reviews from a number of other travelers that we met on our Kimberley adventures, we decided that we had to check out what was on offer at Zebra Rock Mine in the far west of Northern Territory, just 10 km’s off Victoria Highway. Everything we had heard about lived up to expectation… the welcoming hosts, the delicious scones (I dare to you to try stopping at one!), the wetland safari cruise on Lake Argyle, the bird-life, the vivid sunsets, the tastiest fish and chips, spacious campground, the mine lease tour, and did I mention the amazing unique rocks and the rock gallery!!! If there is one place to include on your adventures of Northern Australia I would definitely recommend this one as being a fabulous, authentic experience!
There are a few major infrastructure projects in Australia that really stand out as incredible, and Lake Argyle Dam would be sitting up pretty high in that list. Completed in 1971, at normal supply level the area of the Lake formed by the Ord River Dam is approximately 1000 square kilometres!! that’s over 18 times the volume of water in Sydney Harbour. A scenic flight with HeliSpirit gave an awesome perspective, not just of the lake region, but also through rugged beauty of the Carr Boyd Ranges. The Kimberley abounds in spectacular sights!
A visit to The Kimberley would not be complete without exploring at least part of what the Gibb River Road has to offer. We opted to visit El Questro Wilderness Park and spent our time exploring the bushwalks, tackling the 4WD tracks, relaxing to the live entertainment at night while meeting other travelers and hearing their stories, and soaking up the amazing atmosphere of this incredible place. We didn’t to get see everything in the time we had so we will keep this one on our holiday list to go back and explore some more!
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