Welcome to Gulf Savannah
The world has a different tint out here: the east coast’s green, cloud-tipped mountains and sugar-cane fields give way to a flat, red dust–coated landscape of sweeping grass plains, scrubby forest and mangroves engraved by an intricate network of seasonal rivers and croc-filled tidal creeks that drain into the Gulf of Carpentaria. The fishing here is legendary, particularly for barramundi ('barra' season runs from mid-January to the end of September).
With detours to Karumba and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, this is a real outback adventure, and you don’t even need a 4WD to explore most of this route in the Dry. Check www.gulf-savannah.com.au and www.savannahway.com.au for more info.