Borroloola is a remote fishing community on the McArthur River in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This historic town is considered the gateway to the Gulf region and is famed for its excellent fishing. Borroloola can be accessed via the Carpentaria Highway from Daly Waters in the Northern Territory or on the road through Garawa Aboriginal Land Trust from Queensland.

Once a frontier town, Borroloola is now the capital of the Gulf region. Today, the town is still a bit wild and unruly at times, but the people are friendly and easy going. Fishing and camping remain a way of life for locals and travellers chasing barramundi. King Ash Bay, a great fishing spot 50 kilometres from Borroloola, also attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands provides good reef fishing where red emperor, coral trout and parrot fish can be caught.

The settlement has two main fishing event every year, the King Ash Bay Fishing Festival which is held the first week of May each year and the Borroloola Barra Classic, held on the Easter Sunday, both events are held in King Ash Bay.

Quick Facts

Borroloola is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Roper Gulf  in Northern Territory, it is located approximately 712kms from the capital Darwin and extends over an area of 12.563 square kilometres. Borroloola has a recorded population of 871 residents and is within the Australian Central Standard Time zone Australia/Darwin.

If you are planning a visit to Borroloola we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Borroloola and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.