Darwin to Mt. Isa on the Savannah Way
We had often thought about cycling in the area of the Gulf of Carpentaria, however, the logistics were just too hard to organise. Then we saw that ROC Tours was doing a Darwin to Mt. Isa trip visiting some quite remote areas and better still we could get in a few hours “outback cycling” each day.
The tour is not quite a cycle tour and not quite a bus tour; it’s an outback camping, bike riding, bushwalking, waterhole swimming, sight seeing sort of trip bumping along Australia’s northern outback roads in a 4WD truck/bus.
Here’s some photos that I hope will convey some of the beauty of the area and give an insight into the good times we had.
Once you leave the town of Katherine you realise that you are out in the “never never”…..
…..and onboard your home for the next 12 days.
We rode some good roads and some very bad roads.
But some days were harder than others.
We visited some amazing places along the way.
We swam in hot springs.
We climbed gorges looking for Aboriginal art made thousands of years ago.
We drank cold beers at a remote bar on Lorella Springs Station.
We rode most mornings and then waited to be scooped up by the truck.
Of course there were always some house keeping duties.
In the bush the signs are often “improvisations”. No need for anything fancy here.
Some signs needed a little more attention.
There were other minor hazards to look out for.
There was also the occasional water hazard.
We visited great rock pools and explored National Parks.
There was always lots to do….like getting the bus out of sand bog……
…..or just having a break and stretch during the morning ride.
And in case you forgot what day it was…there was always someone to help.