Borroloola and the gulf

 

Borroloola, a remote community on the McArthur River in the Gulf of Carpentaria and once a frontier town, is now the capital of the Gulf region. Home to four main indigenous language groups, the area includes many large cattle stations. Fishing and camping remain a way of life for locals and travellers chasing barramundi.

Must do:
•    Spend an afternoon swimming in the picturesque hot springs of Butterfly Springs
•    Visit the towering sandstone pillars of the Lost City
•    Take part in the Easter Fishing Classic and catch a prize barramundi in King Ash Bay
•    Don’t miss Seven Emu Station with culture, heritage, wildlife, coastal and river access, with the Shadforth family

 

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King Ash Bay, a popular fishing spot 50 kilometres from Borroloola, attracts thousands of visitors each year and a fishing competition is usually held over the Easter long weekend.

Barranyi (North Island) National Park, located in the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands, is a wildlife haven, providing a home to nesting turtles and migratory birds and offers excellent reef fishing opportunities. Access to the islands is limited, and visitors must contact Parks and Wildlife NT before making the journey.

Cape Crawford, at the junction of the Carpentaria and Tablelands Highways, is home to the famous Heartbreak Hotel. Cape Crawford is situated approximately 120 kilometres from the ocean and is so named because it is situated at the northern extremity or ‘cape’ of the Abner Ranges, first ‘discovered’ in 1880 by drover Lindsay Crawford.

The Abner Ranges are home to an impressive site known as the Lost City covering an area of some eight square kilometres and dotted with towering sandstone formations. These natural pillars conjure up images of skyscrapers, and are well worth a visit. Helicopter flights which touch down in the Lost City give access to the site.

Surrounded by grasslands, escarpments, waterfalls and waterholes, Cape Crawford is within easy reach of Limmen National Park. The area is home to a stunning array of native wildlife. Another must-see destination is Poppy’s Pools located on the Savannah Way near Cape Crawford.