The Savannah Way is one of Australia’s great road trips, an epic journey across the top of the country running 3700km through three states and territories from Cairns to Broome. On the way, it passes through 15 national parks and five World Heritage Sites, across vast cattle stations and through historic mining towns. The section of the route from Cairns to Darwin is largely sealed, meaning it’s relatively easy to explore this vast region.
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For a different take on the landscape, hop aboard a train. The legendary Gulflander is the train that goes “from nowhere to nowhere” on a one-of-a-kind line connecting Normanton and Croydon. The Savannahlander runs in a four-day loop from Cairns to the old goldfields town of Forsayth.
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THE AWESOME ANCIENT
Ancient geological wonders create an extraordinary landscape. Be awed by the sheer walls of Copperfield Gorge near Einasleigh, walk through the world’s largest lava tubes at Undara or explore the rugged sandstone formations of Cobbold Gorge. Don’t miss the Riversleigh fossil deposits outside Mount Isa, which are some of the richest and most extensive in the world, dating back 15-25 million years, and the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park, home to spectacular limestone caves and galleries of Indigenous art.
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GO FOR GOLD
Miners were some of the first to settle this region, flocking here in search of gold, silver, tin and lead during the 19th century. The region is also rich in gems like agate, quartz, topaz and amethyst, and there are a number of sites where you can try your hand at fossicking.
GET TO KNOW THE LOCALS
This is also the place to meet genuine Outback characters. Join them for a beer in a tiny country pub or chat about the journey ahead at a remote roadhouse on the Savannah Way. They’ll be able to recommend the best fishing spots around Normanton or the best place to buy fresh prawns straight from a trawler in Karumba. Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation.
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Clear skies and few artificial lights make for some of the best stargazing in the country. From late September to early November, the incredible Morning Glory cloud formations – long straight lines of cloud – stretch for thousands of kilometres across the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The fishing is incredible around the Gulf Savannah, with barramundi found all over the region. Catch bountiful blue salmon, grunter and bream around Karumba, and sweetlip, coral trout, parrot fish and red emperor off Sweers and Mornington islands.
Don’t forget your binoculars – it’s a birdwatcher’s paradise, especially in the wet season. Some 20 wetlands across the Gulf Savannah attract thousands of migratory birds. Mutton Hole Wetland is home to brolgas, whistling ducks and sarus cranes.
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Discover the Gulf Savannah
In the Gulf Savannah region you can hop aboard two of Australia’s great train journeys, discover ancient fossils, fossick for gems and meet a host of authentic Outback characters.
Self-drive or hire a car and journey along the Savannah Way. The route is accessible with a two-wheel drive, although four-wheel drive vehicles can venture off the grid and discover the many loop roads of the Gulf Savannah and Outback region.
Queensland Rail’s, Savannahlander departs Cairns weekly for Forsayth with touring options available along the itinerary. The Gulflander famously travels from nowhere to nowhere, travelling from Normanton to Croydon once a week with a return fare also available.
REX Regional Express offers direct flights from Cairns to Normanton, Burketown, Doomadgee and Mornington Island. Charter flights are also available to Undara, Forsayth and several other locales.
Trans North Bus & Coach Service operates the passenger and light freight service from Cairns to Karumbaservicing many regional towns en route. They also provide bus links for the Gulflander and Savannahlander rail services.
THINGS TO DO
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Don’t forget your camera if you’re planning a fishing trip in Tropical North Queensland, because unless you can supply photographic evidence, no-one will ever believe the stories you bring home about your big catch.
From Karumba in the Gulf to the tip of Cape York and all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, the fishing is legendary, with many seasoned fisherfolk returning year after year to their favourite spots. Or dropping into new and unexplored spots on a heli-fishing expedition.
In this part of the world, you can catch fish just about anywhere you can wet a line – zoning and limits do apply to areas within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park but beaches and estuaries, rivers and creeks are all good spots. Even kids can get in on the fun, dropping a handline from jetties and wharves; bait shops in almost every town will give you tips and hints on the best places to go.
Fishing charters are a great way to get to the best spots and cater for amateurs and seasoned pros alike. Best of all, the fishing gear is provided, the crew will help you identify your catch and often clean it for you as well – and snap a photo of you and your fish. Big-game fishing is another huge lure of the region, with waters of the Coast of Cairns and Port Douglas considered one of the world’s great black marlin capitals.
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How to hook-a-barra
If fish were movie stars, the elusive barramundi – Aussies just call them “barra” – would be the most famous of all, and in Tropical North Queensland it’s the fish everyone wants on the end of their line. Found only in northern Australia, the barra is the country’s premier sportfish and one of the most delicious.
Everybody has an opinion on the best ways to catch a barra, and no two techniques will be the same. You can catch them with lures or bait, from rivers, estuaries and lakes, from the shore or a boat, any time of day or night, although most people do agree that patience and persistence are the key. The Barramundi Discovery Centre in Karumba will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know.
If you’ve never fished before, join a fishing tour or charter. The barramundi fishing season is closed from November 1 through to February 1, but you can fish all year round at Hook-A-Barra in the Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm. It’s a great place to teach the kids to fish.
Diehard barra fans might want to time their visit with the annual Angler Classic Competition, a fishing competition held at Karumba. But if you really want to guarantee a barra on your plate, try the nearest pub where you’ll find Australia’s most famous fish on just about every menu, battered, fried and grilled, served with salad, chips and a wedge of fresh lemon.
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If you are a true foodie, you crave quality ingredients and authentic cooking experiences. You enjoy creating your own dishes far more than tearing open packages or ordering off a menu. Why settle for anything less than the best when it comes to pizza? Only a wood fired pizza oven can give you the rich flavor and traditional cooking practices your culinary passion deserves.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a skilled at-home chef, you can add a wood fired pizza oven in your yard or garden and enjoy cooking a family favorite over an open flame. Plus, an outdoor pizza oven takes your entertaining capabilities to the next level. You can easily custom-create pizzas to suit everyone’s taste—whether cooking for a few people or a large party with many guests.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Pizzas
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park Pizza
Wood-burning ovens are ancient methods of food preparation. Culinary experts state that there are many benefits to cooking pizzas, and other food, in a wood-burning oven.
If you want the best-quality pizza oven for your backyard, you should turn to Mason-Lite. Our team has over a century of combined experience in fireplaces and can help you understand how a masonry fireplace or Pizza Oven fits in to your outdoor landscape.
Have you experienced the delight of cooking your pizza in a wood-fired oven? If so, we would love to hear from you:
How has cooking pizza over an open flame changed your perception of this classic dish? What cooking tips do you have for anyone new to cooking pizza in an outdoor over?
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Wood-Fired Ovens Cook Pizza Quickly
Pizza has become a favorite convenience food for busy individuals and families. Many people stop by their local pizza shop to pick up their favorite pie on a regular basis. Countless others rely on pre-made frozen pizzas or compile their own using components, such as packaged crusts and canned sauces.
No matter how you put together a pizza, there are limitations to how quickly your home oven can cook it. While a pizza shop can heat their ovens to 700 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit, most conventional home ovens max out at around 500 degrees. At that heat, it takes between 20 and 30 minutes to preheat the oven, plus eight to 15 minutes to bake a pizza.
Satay Chicken Pizza
With a wood fired pizza oven, you can attain higher temperatures—approximately 500 to 700 degrees. This sharply cuts pizza cooking time. As a result, you can expect your pizza to cook in just two to five minutes in a wood-fired oven (depending on the dough thickness).
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