Visitor Information Centres
Each of the Gulf Savannah’s friendly Visitor Information Centres is a must visit, reflecting their unique communities. The staff can give you the best free advice on local attractions and services so you can make the most of your time with us. Be sure to drop in and say hello!
Low Street, Georgetown
Phone: 07 4062 1485
Croydon True Blue Visitor Information Centre
51-59 Samwell Street, Croydon
Phone: 07 4748 7152
Karumba Visitor Information Centre
Walker Street, Karumba
Phone: 07 4745 9582
Normanton Visitor Information Centre
Cnr Landsborough & Caroline Streets Normanton
Phone: 07 4745 1065
Burke Shire Information Centre (non accredited)
Musgrave Street, Burketown
Phone: 07 4745 5111
Experience a tour with the renowned Savannah Guides, Protectors and Interpreters of the Outback. You’ll gain special insights into the region you’re exploring. There are several Savannah Guides operators in the Gulf Savannah – see here.
- When to Go: Fishermen are often looking to make the most of the early season in March and April. From May until October our days are mostly clear and warm with cool nights, and these are the most popular months. Birdwatchers enjoy the November concentration of birds at waterholes and following months’ migrants and breeding activity.
- The Gulf Savannah does have a monsoonal climate, with some roads becoming impassable during the Wet Season (December to April). Travellers should always check road conditions and weather forecasts
- Health and Safety: The Gulf Savannah is remote and not all services are available. Medical services are generally limited to nursing clinics and there are no prescription services (except by post), so please bring all medication with you. Sun protection and hydration are important for all travellers. Many waterways contain estuarine crocodiles, so please check locations and safe practices with Visitor Information Centres.
- Telecommunications: Mobile phone and internet coverage is generally limited to the Telstra network in major towns only. You can see coverage maps here. There are public telephones in all towns.
- Banking: Westpac Normanton and Bendigo Georgetown branches, plus ATMs at Croydon, Karumba and Karumba Point.
- Self Drive: Take your own vehicle or hire from gateways such as Cairns or in the Gulf Savannah at Normanton or Karumba. The main road is sealed and many interesting side routes are well graded unsealed surfaces. More remote routes may require some clearance for creek crossings (even when dry). Check road reports here or phone local accommodation providers for updates.
- Air, Rail and Bus Services: Fly to Normanton and Burketown with Skytrans, or access the eastern Gulf Savannah on the Savannahlander Train. Trans North buses operate a regular cairns to Karumba service.
- Tours: Several operators can show you the Gulf Savannah. Check out Wilderness Challenge and Oz Tours Safaris.