Photos of Borroloola and surroundings, Northern Territory, Australia

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Borroloola and surroundings, Northern Territory

Borroloola is a small town with a colourful past. Its old police station is now a museum, with displays harking back to the days the Carnegie Foundation provided books for a library there, with the result that its inmates were the best read in the territory, able to recite poetry at the drop of a hat. Nothing remains of this and also the "Hermits of Borroloola", eccentric loners who made the town their home around the middle of last century, are now but a memory although their names live on in street names.

 
Roger Jose's house
 
Old Police Station
 
Batten Creek
 
Wearyan River
 
Swimming, Wearyan
 
Frog Rock
 
Trampoline
 
The old
 
Snake Lagoon
 
Palms at Malandari
 
Macarthur River
 
Kulumalanda waterhole
 
Bush home, Borroloola
 
Caravan school
 
Iron houses
 
Wildflowers
 
 
Rock formations, Kunminyini
 
At the Wearyan River
 
Near Borroloola
 
Malandari hill
 
Near Campbell Springs
 
Carpentaria Highway
 
Macarthur River Station
 
On the Macarthur River
 
Calumbirini
 
Calumbirini Hill
 
Malandari Store
 
Rossi's shop
 
Borroloola Pub
 
Bone Lagoon
 
Swim at Bone Lagoon
 
Macarthur River
 
Along the Macarthur River
 
New shop
 

The town is situated about 350 kilometres east of the Daly Waters turnoff and just south of the Gulf of Carpentaria; it is the centre of the Yanyuwa Aboriginal people and the cattle stations of the surrounding area. There are a few shops, a lively pub and the fishing in the Macarthur River is one of the best in the Territory, with each year a competition to catch the largest "barramundi", a highly prized fresh water fish.

The surroundings are beautiful too, with clear rivers and swimming holes like those on the Wearyan River, Batten Creek and Bone Lagoon, although the latter is on an Aboriginal owned station, not too far from Bing Bong on the coast. It is not advisable to swim in the Macarthur River though: large "salties" (crocodiles) may be seen.