Located beside the McArthur River, Borroloola is a small settlement with a chequered past. As a frontier town and port in the 19th century it was a base for rum smuggling from Thursday Island. It became known as the home of criminals, murderers and alcoholics, a reputation it lost only when it was virtually deserted in the 1930s. Today Borroloola's fortunes have vastly improved and it is popular with barramundi anglers and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts. Although it lies on Aboriginal land, no permit is required to enter. It also offers access to the waters around Barranyi (North Island) National Park.
Lot 384, Robinson Rd; (08) 8975 8799.
Police Station Museum: built in 1886, the museum is the oldest surviving outpost in the NT and displays memorabilia and photographs that illustrate the town's history; Robinson Rd.
Cemetery: pioneer graves; Searcy St and other scattered sites; map from visitor centre.
Cape Crawford This charming town is an excellent base for exploring Bukalara rocks (60 km E) and the Lost City (20 km SE). Bukalara rocks are a mass of chasms winding through ancient sandstone structures (the area is very remote and a guide is recommended). The Lost City is a collection of sandstone turrets, domes and arches formed by water seeping through cracks and eroding the sandstone. It is an important Aboriginal ceremonial site and accessible only by air or 4WD. Flights can be arranged from Cape Crawford. 110 km SW. Read More.
King Ash Bay:
King Ash Bay:popular fishing spot year-round; 40 km NE.
Caranbirini Conservation Reserve: protects weathered rock escarpments and semi-permanent waterhole rimmed by riverine vegetation and open woodland, along with many native birds. Surrounding the waterhole are 25 m sandstone spires providing a vivid contrast in colour and shape to the surrounding countryside; 46 km SW.
Barranyi (North Island) National Park: sun-drenched wilderness with long sandy beaches and excellent angling. No permit is required, but visitors are requested to register with the Borroloola Ranger Station; Offshore; (08) 8975 8792; 70 km NE.
Lorella Springs: campground and caravan park at thermal springs. The road is unsealed and accessible only during the dry season; 170 km NW.
Limmen Bight River Fishing Camp: ideal conditions for barramundi and mud crabs. Accommodation is available but check road access in wet season; 250 km NW.
Fishing charters: river and offshore fishing trips; bookings at visitor centre.
Scenic flights: over town and the islands of the Sir Edward Pellew Group; brochures at visitor centre.
Campsites around town
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Heartbreak Hotel 94 kmWith easy access to the spectacular Lost City in Limmen National Park, this Aussie institution has a beer garden with its own pool, and 44 powered as well as unpowered campsites. The hotel is 117 km south of... Find out more
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Caravan parks around town
Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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Rest areas around town
Little River rest area 100 km
10km W of Cape Crawford (L) or 260km E of Stuart Hwy (R)
On the east side of the river under a few trees.
What's on around town
Barra Classic: Easter.