Photos of Borroloola and surroundings, Northern Territory

 

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.

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.


Silver Bullet
"Silver Bullet"

Roger Jose's house
Roger Jose's house

Old Police Station
Old Police Station

Batten Creek
Batten Creek

Wearyan River
Wearyan River

Swimming, Wearyan
Swimming, Wearyan

Frog Rock
Frog Rock

Trampoline
Trampoline

The old canteen
The old "canteen"

Snake Lagoon
Snake Lagoon

Palms at Malandari
Palms at Malandari

Macarthur River
Macarthur River

Kulumalanda waterhole
Kulumalanda waterhole

Bush home, Borroloola
Bush home, Borroloola

Caravan school
Caravan school

Iron houses
Iron houses

Ryan's Bend
Ryan's Bend

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

Ngadiji dreaming site
"Ngadiji" dreaming site

Rock formations, Kunminyini
Rock formations, Kunminyini

At the Wearyan River
At the Wearyan River

Near Borroloola
Near Borroloola

Malandari hill
Malandari hill

Doing somersaults
Doing somersaults

Near Campbell Springs
Near Campbell Springs

Carpentaria Highway
Carpentaria Highway

Wearyan swimming hole
Wearyan swimming hole

Macarthur River Station
Macarthur River Station

On the Macarthur River
On the Macarthur River

Calumbirini
Calumbirini

Calumbirini Hill
Calumbirini Hill

Preparing sea turtle
Preparing sea turtle

Malandari Store
Malandari Store

Rossi's shop
Rossi's shop

Borroloola Pub
Borroloola Pub

Bone Lagoon
Bone Lagoon

Swim at Bone Lagoon
Swim at Bone Lagoon

Macarthur River
Macarthur River

Along the Macarthur River
Along the Macarthur River

New shop
New shop

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