Borroloola Region

While fishing is the main reason people come to King Ash Bay, the region has much more to offer.


Considered a lawless frontier town when first gazetted in 1885, Borroloola is now the commercial centre of the region and the ‘seat’ for the Roper Gulf Shire.  The old police station was built in 1886.  It remains in excellent condition and is listed on the National Estate under control of the National Trust.  The building now houses a museum displaying the history of policing and other historical aspects of the region.

Short Video of the McArthur River Crossing at Borroloola.

Some information on the museum is available here:—historical

The aboriginal people of the region belong to four main tribal groups.   The Yanyuwa and Marra are referred to as ‘saltwater people’ and are associated with the Sir Edward Pellew Islands and the lower reaches of the McArthur and Limmen Rivers. The Gundanji and Garrawa people are known as ‘mainland or freshwater people’ and are associated with land to the south and east of the present township of Borroloola.  Gundanji lands include the site of the McArthur River Mine. Garrawa lands are near the Queensland border near Wollogorang Station and the Robinson River.

Borroloola draws it’s name from the aboriginal name of a nearby lagoon – Burrulula.

In recent years the McArthur River Mine, a zinc – lead mine owned by Xstrata Zinc has bought additional prosperity and employment to the area.


Carabirini Conservation Reserve

Caranbirini is located 46km south of Borroloola on the western edge of the Bukulara Range, just off the Carpentaria Highway (entrance is signposted on the Highway).  It incorporates sandstone escarpments, a semi-permanent waterhole with surrounding riverine vegetation and areas of open woodland. The waterhole is surrounded by 25 metre high sandstone spires known as a ‘Lost City’. There are short walks that allow you to explore the area.  Carabirini is easily accessible and is well worth a visit.


Waralungku Arts 

Waralungku Arts is an Aboriginal owned and controlled arts centre located in Borroloola. It is an enterprise of Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association Incorporated (Mabunji).  Many of the artists have exhibited all over Australia in Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. In 2011 work from the centre was exhibited in London.  For more information, see their web site.

Barranyi (North Island) National Park.

Part of the Sir Edward Pellew group of islands, Barranyi (North Island) is the traditional home of the Yanyuwa Aboriginal people.  The Park is Aboriginal freehold land and has been leased to the Northern Territory Government for management as a National Park.  Due to the isolation and lack of feral predators the Park is an important refuge for fauna. The island’s beaches provide an important nesting site for four species of marine turtle as well as a resting point for many species of migratory bird.
Camping – is available at Paradise Bay and Mud Bay.  Facilities are limited –

For further information, visit the NT Government website


Poppy’s Pools

These thermal pools are situated 70 kilometers from Cape Crawford on Bauhinia Downs Station, traditional land of the Gundanji people.  The hot spring water rises under pressure from a large aquifer system 5-7 km’s deep in the earths crust. It emerges to the surface through permeable faulted sandstone rock of the Roper Group, where it cools as it moves downstream and mixes with the water from the cool spring.

Access to the pools is by helicopter from Cape Crawford or by road.  A permit is required and fees apply.

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King Ash Bay Lodge

 Kate: 0477294172
Ash: 0448804855

Bookings essential (10% non-refundable deposit required)

 King Ash Bay Lodge – Air Conditioned Accommodation

Nestled in beautiful gardens at the quiet end of town, King Ash Bay Lodge offers excellent accommodation all year round for groups up to 12 people.  We are proud of our high standards of cleanliness, comfort for our guests and heaps of extras to ensure your stay is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.





On one side of the lodge there is a private, double self contained unit. On the other side there are 5 twin share rooms available to choose from at very reasonable costs.  Facilities and extras include:

  • – Queen bed and ensuite in the Unit.
  • – Fully air conditioned. Individual air conditioners in each room.
  • – Fully equipped self catering facilities.
  • – Heaps of fridges and freezers.
  • – All linen supplied.
  • – Outdoor barbecues/patio areas. Lovely elevated deck.
  • – Storage sheds for your extra gear.
  • – Ice freezers.
  • – Laundry facilities
  • – Large common area with pool table, dining and kitchen (twin share side)
  • – Satellite television reception.
  • – River maps and tide charts supplied.
  • – Ample parking area for all sized vehicles and boats. Convenient turn-around area for trailers.
  • – EFTPOS facilities (surcharge if using credit)

Come and enjoy river, reef or blue water fishing on the mighty McArthur River or around the picturesque Sir Edward Pellew Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Speak to Ash to arrange a fishing charter or take a leisurely cruise to explore the magnificent mangrove river system. – NT Coastal Fishing Charters.

Bullfrog Goldie NT-Coastal-Fishing-5 IMG_3575


The Lodge is also an ideal dry season stopover to relax, fish off the bank, go bushwalking and bird watching or visit the local tourist attractions.

Read a detailed third party review of someone’s stay at the King Ash Bay Lodge on the Naive Nomads Website. >> Read the review here.



King Ash Bay Cabins (holiday accommodation)

King Ash Bay Cabins operate all year round (weather permitting).

  • Fully serviced air conditioned Self-contained & Semi-contained cabins
  • With a variety of bedding configurations
  • All cabins have their own BBQ and outdoor setting
  • Situated on the Batten Point road near the boat ramp

Telephone: 0434 354 117
Fax: (08) 8975 9772