King Ash Bay Service Station & Supermarket

– Fuel & Oils

– Gas Bottle Refills

– Fully equipped Mechanical Workshop including tyre and outboard repairs

– Storage Yard for long or short term parking

– Fishing Tackle

– Cold Drinks

– Ice & Souvenirs

– Hardware and household items

– Automobile and marine products

– Agents for Solas Props

– Ice creams and snack food

– EFTPOS

Dry Season Trading Hours
6.00am – 5.00pm – 7 days (Closed 9am-2pm Thursdays)  Fuel Available 24 Hours

From 1st November 2019 7 Days a Week

Open from from 3pm to 5pm – Fuel available 24 Hours

Phone: (08) 8975 9670
Fax: (08) 8975 9671
Email address kabservo@gmail.com

 

Wildlife and Flora

The McArthur Region is a tough environment for flora and fauna.  A long dry season, with long days of searing sun, cool nights and almost no moisture is followed by the hot, humid rainy and sometimes cyclonic wet season.  The area’s native plants and animals are well adapted to cope with this environment.

There is a large variety of bird life, but a keen eye is needed to spot and appreciate some of the smaller breeds as they often don’t travel far from the cover of long grass and thick bushes.  Early morning and evening is feeding time and the best opportunity to spot some of the more skittish breeds.

The following pictures are just a small sample of the wildlife and flora of the region.

 

What a sight!  The enormous and beautiful Sea Eagle swoops down near your boat to catch a fresh lunch.  Sea Eagles are a common sight in the area.

 

      

Not wishing to be outdone, the Whistling Kite puts on it’s own show.

      

Unfortunately swimming in the river is not recommended.  We live in harmony with the crocodiles by leaving the swimming to them.

      

The Brolga is one of two types of Crane found in Australia, while the Jabiru is Australia’s only member of the Stork family.  Both of these beautiful birds are found in abundance in the McArthur River area.

            

Naturally, snakes are also fairly common in our area.  Like most wildlife if they are left alone, they go about their business and let us go about ours.  The python on the left managed to get into a chook shed at one of the KAB residences. Having swallowed a chook, it could not escape.  The snake was released unharmed.  Unfortunately the chook did not survive the ordeal.  The tree snake on the right got caught in a cast net left out to dry.  He also was released unharmed.

 

 

The Groper is responsible for many a ‘one that got away’ fishing tale.

A group of very large Groper regularly spend time in the shallows near our un-powered camp area.  With care, it is sometimes possible to feed these magnificent  sea monsters by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

      

The Australian Owlet -Nightjar (left) is one of a number of owls active at night.  Along with the Double – barred finch, the Crimson Finch (right) are the most common of the finches found in our area.  These ones are enjoying a cool bath on a hot day.

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:
https://sites.google.com/site/ntpmhsociety/our-rich-history/places/borroloola—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.
http://www.waralungku.com

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
http://www.nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/find/barranyi

 

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.