This is the first in a series of Travel
Guides covering the Northern Territory. Using our local knowledge, we
have selected a range of web sites from the thousands out there, to
assist you in planning your travels. We hope to give you some on line
experience of the wonder of our fantastic area so that your visit
will be a truly memorable experience.
Click on most of the titles for
further information; some entries have additional embedded links. You
may occasionally need plug-ins like Flash,
just click on the name to install.
for a summary of Queensland road conditions, or here
for the Territory equivalent. If in doubt, and you really need to
travel, contact the local shire councils and police stations for
information, but in times of adverse weather conditions, bear in
mind that they're probably very busy. Click image at left to access
Savannah Way site provided by NT, WA and Qld tourist bureaux.
Weather and Flood Warnings
to access the Bureau site for this area; from here you can link
to what ever you wish to know about the weather etc all over Australia.
Check out the white shading on the catchment map to get some idea
of the area draining across the roads you'll drive on! All the rain
falling on the Barkly Tablelands, to the west of this catchment
area, will eventually end up in Lake Eyre, 16m below sea level!
If you're setting off from the Territory side, click here for weather.
Burketown to Borroloola
Here's a few sites to give you some
idea of life and things to do in and around Burketown.
Burke Shire Council
dismiss this as an, all too often, boring old "Council"
site; it's loaded with useful information and the links in the "history"
heading can keep you occupied for hours.
As well as providing a great flying service, Amanda and co at Savannah
are well versed in the tourist industry. They can suggest lots of places
to go and their site has all sorts of links to info about the Gulf
Located 30km off the coast north of Burketown, this island is popular
with people who take their fishing very seriously.
Burketown Caravan Park
Having done plenty of travelling themselves, Peter and Janet know that
you need to relax after a long drive! They're well acquainted with
the road to Borroloola, and can give you plenty of first hand tips
of what lies ahead.
The Gulf Savannah
The link page we have selected for you will take you to the Burketown
section of their main Gulf Savannah site, prepared as a regional
development initiative. The links on the page will provide lots
of info about the services available on the way to Borroloola and
Lawn hill etc. Using the mouse over function on the map in the right
hand column, you can access all other areas of the site relating
to the Queensland section of the Savannah Way. Click here
to go to their general map or here
to check driving conditions and travel times. To get an overall
picture of Australia's newest "Adventure Highway",
the "Savannah Way", click here.
This themed route stretches the width of Australia, from Cairns
Just a few details from the Gulf Savannah site about the first place
you'll come to, about 90km west of Burketown. Click here
if you want a more comprehensive over view of this isolated community.
Hells Gate Roadhouse
This comfortable green stopover, 50km east of the Territory border,
is certainly no "hell hole" but derives its name from
the small gap in the escarpment that the road passes through just
nearby. In days gone by, this is as far as the
mounted police from Queensland would escort travelers, who were
often on foot, on horseback at best. They gathered at places like
Normanton and Burketown until they could travel in convoy because,
after passing through the "Gates of Hell", they were on
their own in wild and mostly unexplored country until they reached
the relative safety of places like Katherine!!
The roadhouse is now closed to tourists as of Dry Season 2005.
We have left this site up for you because it forms part of the Gulf Savannah
site and will let you know a bit about the surrounding area. If you want to read
about the station and the man behind it all, click here.
Some great photos along the road
This is a Bicycling Australia site that will open at the "Top Road",
as the Savannah Way is sometimes called. It contains thousands of
other great photos from all around Australia, posted by the web
community members; click on the thumbnails to enlarge them.
It may surprise you to find a copper mine way out here but copper was
mined here on and off for most of the 20th century. It changed
hands on a regular basis and was last mined by a WA company from
1994 -1996; like many a mine it still awaits a change of fortunes.
After crossing the border into the Territory, think about driving into
Pungalina, very isolated but that's the way we like it! It's a very personal
wilderness experience and Owen will inspire you with his deep affection
for the land and people of this hauntingly beautiful area. One of the
partners has their own airline, so naturally fly in tours for small groups
are their specialty; their web site has all the details. Click here
to read the impressions of a couple of Scottish girls who went teaching
Here are some old links to travelers who have gone before you and obviously
survived to tell the tale; click on each hyper linked word to access
a new site (please advise us of any broken links). Burketown or Bust
a search for fish. Motorbike Trip
all in German, but a good map (click to enlarge) and some nice
photos along the way. Avalook Australia
- handy tips and some more nice photos.
Calvert, Foelsche and Wearyan Rivers
All top spots to picnic or fish; outside the road reserve the permission
of the relevant landowners should be sought. Click here
to view some of the plants that grow through here.
This site will take you into the stories of the traditional owners of this
area. Feel free to read through wherever you wish; enjoy exploring the menu
on the left of the new page that will open. We will deal with the
Diwurruwurru site in more detail under the "Borroloola - Things to
See and Do" section of our site.
for contact phone numbers at Manankurra plus other fishing spots
in the area.
Time to head into Borroloola. Clicking here
will take you to our section on "Borroloola - Past and Present", or here
will take you to the section of our Travel Guide about getting to Borroloola
via Mt Isa and the Barkly Highway.