Carpentaria Highway

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesDaly Waters
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance396.12 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed63.83 km/hr
Travel Time6 hrs 12 mins
Page Updated: 20 Jul 2015


The Carpentaria Highway is a bitumenised road with a narrow one lane strip across the mid-section of the Northern Territory connecting the Gulf country to Central Australia. It is the most northerly route across this part of the continent passable year-round. The terrain is mostly shrubby and the area marked with cattle, both synonomous with travel through the barren Barkly Tableland region.

If you're looking for a highlight along the way, make time to stop around sunset in the Bullwaddy area. A rest area just off the highway might bring delights of prolific birdlife if conditions are right.

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  • Alternatively, if you already have another mapping software program (or an HN7 device) you can try downloading the data files we provide via the Download Trek button at the top of this page (or purchase EOTreks Route Files). Be aware that this doesn't include maps or text just the route line.


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MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
4cyl 56 litres4cyl 64 litres4cyl 79 litres
6cyl 61 litres6cyl 72 litres6cyl 70 litres
8cyl 61 litres8cyl 66 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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Closest Climatic Station

Mcarthur River Mine
Distance from Trek Mid Point 135.53km E
Mean Max. °C36.035.234.934.732.229.730.032.035.337.838.637.7
Mean Min. °C24.924.723.420.616.412.412.213.317.
Mean Rain mm208.5181.9148.932.
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Daly Waters to Stuarts Tree
Driving: 0.91 km
Heading: 137°
Avg Speed: 41.41 km/hr
EST Time: 01:19
Stuarts Tree to Stuart Hwy & Daly Waters Turnoff
Driving: 3.28 km
Heading: 136°
Avg Speed: 41.41 km/hr
EST Time: 04:45
Stuart Hwy & Daly Waters Turnoff to Hi-Way Inn Caravan Park
Driving: 3.91 km
Heading: 187°
Avg Speed: 41.41 km/hr
EST Time: 05:39
Hi-Way Inn Caravan Park to Bullwaddy Rest Area
Driving: 90.51 km
Heading: 101°
Avg Speed: 55.38 km/hr
EST Time: 01:38:03
Bullwaddy Rest Area to October Creek Rest Area
Driving: 79 km
Heading: 106°
Avg Speed: 64.99 km/hr
EST Time: 01:12:56
October Creek Rest Area to Goanna Creek Rest Area
Driving: 60.18 km
Heading: 99°
Avg Speed: 64.77 km/hr
EST Time: 55:44
Goanna Creek Rest Area to Little River Rest Area
Driving: 30.55 km
Heading: 89°
Avg Speed: 60.02 km/hr
EST Time: 30:32
Little River Rest Area to Cape Crawford
Driving: 9.79 km
Heading: 77°
Avg Speed: 62.7 km/hr
EST Time: 09:22
Cape Crawford to Heartbreak Hotel
Driving: 0.62 km
Heading: 125°
Avg Speed: 49.3 km/hr
EST Time: 00:45
Heartbreak Hotel to Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy)
Driving: 15.82 km
Heading: 59°
Avg Speed: 92.5 km/hr
EST Time: 10:15
Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy) to Leila Hill
Driving: 1.82 km
Heading: 71°
Avg Speed: 101.75 km/hr
EST Time: 01:04
Leila Hill to Borroloola
Driving: 99.73 km
Heading: 38°
Avg Speed: 90.31 km/hr
EST Time: 01:06:15
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.


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