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.
How to Use this Trek Note
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on each POI page.
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