Roper Bar

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesKatherine
DifficultyDifficulty 3/5
Suitable for4WD Bike 
Distance868.42 km
Minimum Days3
Average Speed73.54 km/hr
Driving Time11 hrs 48 mins
Page Updated: 14 Jun 2015


If you have a 4WD the opportunities to experience solitude in the Northern Territory wilderness is not far away. This trek from Borroloola - Katherine passes through some of the most remote and unvisited areas of the Top End. From Borroloola we head north through the Nathan River HS towards Port Roper and finally at Roper Bar, once a secret with the locals it is now a popular spot for fisherpeople who want to catch big barramundi.

It is still a very quiet place, more so out of the peak barramundi season. Generally, very early in the dry the barramundi are at their prime. It is pretty much useless to attempt fishing here without a tinnie although fishing tours are available in season.

The approach from Roper Bar into Katherine passes the Elsey National Park and the nearby Mataranka Thermal Springs. After the long dusty route you've just travelled this oasis may be just what you need. The Katherine region is full of fabulous little spots, still remote and relatively untouched but gradually becoming better known with the massive increase in tourism in the Northern Territory as a whole.

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Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
4cyl 122 litres4cyl 141 litres4cyl 174 litres
6cyl 133 litres6cyl 157 litres6cyl 153 litres
8cyl 133 litres8cyl 144 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Trek Mid Point 77.67km NE
Mean Max. °C35.534.834.133.831.729.829.631.935.037.538.837.7
Mean Min. °C24.924.724.
Mean Rain mm182.8176.5174.855.910.
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Excellent barramundi fishing, remote NT outback country, bush camping, thermal springs

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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Katherine to King Rest Area47.98 kmSE117° 31 min
King Rest Area to Mataranka Station43.79 kmSE121° 25 min
Mataranka Station to Stirling Mill Rest Area0.46 kmE109°
Stirling Mill Rest Area to Mataranka14.6 kmSE133° 9 min
Mataranka to Mataranka Homestead Tourist Resort8.71 kmE90° 7 min
Mataranka Homestead Tourist Resort to Mt Price Rest Area146.18 kmE81° 1 hr 33 min
Mt Price Rest Area to Roper Bar38.42 kmE83° 29 min
Roper Bar to Leichhardts Caravan Park0.84 kmNE63°
Leichhardts Caravan Park to Roper Bar0.84 kmSW243°
Roper Bar to Queensland Crossing21.13 kmSE156° 16 min
Queensland Crossing to Lomarieum Lagoon46.54 kmE72° 37 min
Lomarieum Lagoon to St Vidgeon Ruins0.54 kmSE132°
St Vidgeon Ruins to Towns River48.66 kmSE130° 36 min
Towns River to Cox River37.52 kmSE155° 29 min
Cox River to Maria (Wamungku) Lagoon12.72 kmE77° 13 min
Maria (Wamungku) Lagoon to Limmen River Campground7.43 kmNE58° 11 min
Limmen River Campground to Maria (Wamungku) Lagoon7.43 kmSW238° 11 min
Maria (Wamungku) Lagoon to Cox River12.72 kmW257° 13 min
Cox River to Burketown Crossing21.26 kmS161° 18 min
Burketown Crossing to Southern Lost City51.93 kmS171° 46 min
Southern Lost City to Lorella Springs Station47.19 kmNE64° 52 min
Lorella Springs Station to Batten Creek82.73 kmS174° 1 hr 23 min
Batten Creek to Leila 1st Crossing35.69 kmS185° 31 min
Leila 1st Crossing to Cape Crawford15.16 kmS161° 13 min
Cape Crawford to Heartbreak Hotel0.62 kmSE125°
Heartbreak Hotel to Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy)15.82 kmNE59° 10 min
Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy) to Leila Hill1.82 kmE71° 1 min
Leila Hill to Borroloola99.73 kmNE38° 1 hr 6 min
Katherine to Borroloola868.42 km  11 hr 48 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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