Australia’s tropical north, is a region of rainforests, wild wetlands teeming with water birds and barramundi, and soaring escarpments and deep gorges cut by rivers alive with cascading waterfalls. It is an area where at one time of the year, lightning storms serrate the heavy grey skies while at another soft balmy breezes rustle the canopy of palm trees overhead. It takes in hundreds of things to do and see, ranging from the wild majesty of the country flanking the Burke Developmental Road at the base of the Cape, to some magnificently varied four-wheel driving in Judbarra/Gregory National Park, close to the WA border. Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) is one of our best national parks, and nearby Riversleigh is world renowned for its fossils. You can use the Savannah Way to go clear across to Broome, but you’d need a good six months to do it properly. There’s Cape Crawford’s Lost City to experience (splurge on a helicopter flight – it’s worth it), pioneer history to absorb at Daly Waters, Mataranka and Douglas hot springs to luxuriate in… Don’t eschew Kakadu and Litchfield national parks because of their international fame. Yes, they will be full of tourists, but when you’re in a 4WD there are plenty of opportunities to escape the crowds. While the major roads in these two parks are sealed, the tracks to secluded campsites and gorges aren’t so you need a 4WD to really appreciate the truly great natural wonders they exhibit.
Travelling in the Top End can be extremely hazardous during the summer months – November to February. Many unsealed roads and tracks will be closed as a result of wet season flooding throughout these months too. The best time to travel is from June to October, but towards the end of the Dry season some unsealed sections will have become badly corrugated.
- Availability: Available
- Best Scale: 1:1650000
- Cover Size Depth (mm): 3 mm
- Cover Size Height (mm): 250 mm
- Cover Size Width (mm): 140 mm
- Edition Number: 6
- Format: Folded Map
- Publication Date: 01/07/2014
- Unfolded Size Height (mm): 700 mm
- Unfolded Size Width (mm): 1000 mm