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Travelling to the Northern Territory

If you're travelling from outback Queensland to the Northern Territory (NT), there are two main routes. The easy way is the sealed Barkly Hwy from Mt Isa to Three Ways (640km), from where you can head south to Alice Springs or north to Darwin on the sealed Stuart Hwy. The more adventurous route is the continuation of the Savannah Way west of Burketown. It's almost 500km of partly sealed, but occasionally rough, 4WD territory from Burketown to Borroloola (NT) and beyond. This road is usually impassable in the Wet. Along the way you'll pass the Doomadgee Aboriginal Community, where you’re welcome to buy fuel and supplies; village access is subject to council permission, and alcohol is restricted. It’s another mostly sealed 80km of Melaleuca scrub to Hell’s Gate Roadhouse, 50km from the NT border. The roadhouse has fuel, camping, cabins and meals.