Here is Caravanning Australia’s Big Lap Part 8! Are you ready? If you have missed Part 7, read that first and then join us on our trip towards Broome – right now we’re heading towards Normanton.
After leaving Georgetown, the next stop on this glorious lap of the country is Normanton. We’d highly recommend driving during the day, as you will be on a sealed and often single lane road for the majority of the time. Normanton is home to an abundance of historical buildings, such as the Normanton Gaol, the Albion Hotel and the Burns Philp Building. Visit Krys the Croc – a sculpture of the world’s largest recorded saltwater crocodile. Measured at an astonishing 8.63 metres, this gigantic croc met its demise through Polish immigrant Krystina Pawlowski, who shot him in the Normanton River.
After you’ve finished sightseeing in Normanton, head towards Burketown – the barramundi capital of the country. Fishing lovers will find Burketown a dream! If you want to engage in other physical activities, head towards the Boodjamulla National Park, which houses an abundance of walking trails, creeks, rivers and tropical vegetation to witness.
Leaving Burketown means that you’re heading into the Northern Territory! Head towards Borroloola, which is found along the banks of the McArthur River on the eastern coast of the territory. Please follow all warning signs as saltwater crocodiles are prone to the area!
The next leg of the trip takes you to Daly Waters, which is home to the infamous Daly Waters Pub. The ceiling of the pub has a variety of memorabilia of past travellers – ask the locals for interesting stories. The food at the Daly Waters is hearty and well-deserved after all the mileage you’ve accumulated – our recommendation is the beef ‘n’ barra, barbecued steak and barramundi.
In the next edition of the Big Lap, we’ll be heading for Katherine so keep an eye out!