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ABOUT Burketown

The Gulf of Savannah is an interesting region to visit all year. However, during the monsoon season, transportation methods must be carefully considered, as some parts of the Gulf Savannah region suffer from a lack of road infrastructure.

Burketown sits on the Albert River and on the east-west dividing line between the wetlands to the north and the beginning of the savannah grass plains (Plains of Promise) to the south, some 25 kilometres from the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Albert River is tidal, and the Gulf is accessible from Burketown by boat.

Surrounding environs include flat, grassy plains to the south and immense salt flats and wetlands to the north. The Nicholson River is some 17 kilometres to the west and is fresh water and perennial. The wetlands are breeding grounds for crocodiles, barramundi and prawns, and many bird species prolific during the summer months.

The grasslands to the south are the habitat of a great array of wildlife, including emus, kangaroos and birdlife.

During September and October, Morning Glory Clouds, rolling cloud banks of up to 1000km long, appear in the sky above Burketown.

Places to stay near Burketown

Things to see and do near Burketown

The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994.

Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

175 km

Visit three fascinating attractions in one location.

Mount Isa Underground Hospital and Museum

340 km

While at Burketown why not try these Tours

Balloon Aloft Burketown

9 km

Balloon Aloft is partnering with Yagurli Tours for a hot air balloon experience with a difference this June to September.


Yagurli Tours

10 km

Yagurli Tours is an Indigenous owned business operated by the Gangalidda and Garawa Peoples.


North West Tours

335 km

North West Tours specialise in small group tours around Mount Isa and beyond.


Cobbold Gorge Tours

423 km

Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region of Far North Queensland is a hidden outback oasis – Cobbold Gorge.


Talaroo Hot Springs Tours

465 km

In the heart of the Gulf Savannah Way in outback Tropical North Queensland, Talaroo is a magical landscape alive with the culture of the Ewamian


Discovery Experiences – Undara

539 km

Only 3½ hours drive from Cairns and four hours from Townsville in Tropical North Queensland, you’ll discover a land so different in contrasts…. Undara.


Fox Helicopter Services

599 km

Fox Helicopters operate a selection of scenic flights to Porcupine Gorge and White Mountains National Park.


Red Dirt Tours

636 km

Red Dirt Tours is your Winton touring specialist and offers a number of tours to the spectacular natural and man-made attractions of the Winton region.


Queensland Helicopters

749 km

Queensland Helicopters is a family owned business that prides itself on customer service and safety.


Outback Aussie Tours – Extended Tours

804 km

Explore Outback Queensland and beyond with Outback Aussie Tours, a multi-award winning touring company and Savannah Guides accredited operator.


Outback Pioneers

804 km

Outback Pioneers’ award-winning outback tours and experiences, based in Longreach, is all about holidays and experiences that bring the pioneer past to life.


Outback Aussie Tours – Day Tours

804 km

Outback Aussie Tours is a family-owned local operator with over 35 years of experience and unrivalled local Outback Queensland knowledge, passion and connections.


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