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.