Maps and guides for the Gulf Track region here
The Gulf Track travels
along the southern end of the Gulf of
Carpentaria, from Queensland to the Northern Territory.
This trip will see you travel around the southern
regions of The Gulf Of Carpentaria from Normanton in Queensland
westward to Borroloola in the Northern Territory.
overall distance of
the trip will be about 750 km but can be
substantially increased if you decide to take advantage of the many
places to visit along the way.
in the dry
season between April and October will give you a
magnificent trip through some of the wildest and remote country that
Australia has to offer with volumes of historical significance.
was discovered at
Croydon, inland from Normanton, in the late
1800's which helped to turn Normanton into a boom town. A
railway line was later
laid between Normanton and Croydon that still
operates. The Gulflander, as it is called, does a regular run each way
once a week.
are many historic
buildings in the town and there are several
hotels and a council run caravan park.The
Albert River is fairly
wide and deep at Normanton and offers an
excellent opportunity to throw a line in to catch your dinner as fresh
as it comes. If you have a boat with you there are launching ramps in
town and a large expanse of water to travel.
set your trip meter
back to zero, the first stretch of the trip
sees you picking up the gravel road a little out of town and heading
is bull dust country
and you will probably see your fair share,
particularly towards the end of the dry season after the road trains
have loosened things up a bit.The
road is maintained
during the dry season so you could strike it on
a good day and have a good surface.
care on the the creek
and river crossings as they could be washed
40 km out of
Normanton, just before the Bynoe River crossing, you
can take a left turn and visit the historic camp site of Burke and
Wills. There are some good camp sites around here on the banks of the
when you are
camping near rivers in this part of the world,
that the rivers are most likely crocodile infested so always set up
camp at least 50 meters away from the water. Back
on the road and
heading for Burketown.
There are river crossings
along the way but take particular care at the Alexandra River crossing
about 150 km west from Normanton as it can be a rough crossing with
on you will come
to the causeway crossing the Leichhardt River.
This is a lovely spot and a good place to camp. If you have time have a
look at the Leichhardt Falls. They vary in intensity from a raging
torrent of water in the wet season to a mere trickle towards the end of
the dry season. Worth a look though all the same.
on your journey
you will see a sign post Floraville
Homestead. Here will will find the monument to Frederick Walker, who
was a leader of one of the search parties that looked for
and Wills after they went missing.230
km west of Normanton
sees you arrive at Burketown, situated on the
Albert River. In the old days Burketown was Australia's "wild west' gun
Today it is a hospital and friendly town that welcomes
accommodation in town as well as camping facilities.It is
also an opportunity to replenish fuel and food stocks.There
are several historic
sights in town as well as a drive towards
the coast and Kangaroo Point.Fishing,
once again, is
excellent and if you have a boat there are lots
of waterways to explore.
Island and Sweers Island resorts that also
offer fantastic fishing experiences. Both are accessible by light plane
that regularly fly from Burketown.If
you have the time head
out of town south on the Wills Developmental
Road for a while and visit the well renowned Gregory Downs Hotel on the
banks of the Gregory River and a trip west of there to the spectacular
Lawn Hill National Park is well worth while.Having
finished your stay
in Burketown your next heading will be for
If you have been down to Lawn Hill National park head back
towards Burketown and pick up the road about 30 km west of the town. No
need to go back into Burketown.There
are several river
and creek crossings with a normally reasonable
road for about 100 km from Burketown when the road starts to
a little through scrubby flat country.
Hell's Gate the
scenery becomes a bit more interesting for the
rest of your travels into Wollogorang.Wollogorang
is a large
cattle station that includes the land right up to the Gulf. There is a
track from the Wollogorang Homestead that goes up to the Gulf. distance
of 80 km. It is slow going but worth it when you get there.
is a roadhouse on
main road through the station which also has camping and accommodation
facilities. You can also pick up any fuel and other supplies you may
here going westward
you travel up the ranges for a bit and at the top the view becomes
Later on, and further into this leg of the journey
you will cross the Robinson River, which is a picturesque spot. However
if you decide to camp here you will need a permit from the locals based
at the Robinson River Homestead some 15 or so km past the river
are also camping
facilities further on at Managaroo Homestead, Greenbank Homestead and
Seven Emu Homestead. You must make arrangements first before you just
set up camp.From
here you have less
than 60 km to travel till you reach Borroloola on the McArthur River.
This is a historic spot that was originally built in the late 1880's.
Whilst the town did fall somewhat into disrepair, it was restored by
The National Trust sometime later only to suffer further damage in the
it is poised for
another revival as they have started mining at Bing Bong, a little over
50 km due north on the Gulf.
This is not a bad place to stop for a
break as there are all the modern conveniences available as well as
charter fishing boats, houseboats to hire and scenic flights over the
is a choice of
hotel, motel, caravan and camping facilities in town.
here you can head on
up north to the Roper River ( Click here for details of that trip ) or
you can head south west for Cape Crawford from where you can either go
south on the Tablelands Highway until the junction with the Barkly
Turning east at this point will take you to Tennant Creek and
west to Mt Isa in Queensland.Alternatively
you can go
due west on the Carpentaria Highway and pick up the north south Stuart
Highway at Daly Waters, then north to Darwin via Mataranka and
Katherine, or south to Tennant Creek and beyond.
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