There is no doubt that Borroloola is a very isolated township. Located 970 km from Darwin and 380 km from the Stuart Highway, a visit to Borroloola involves a side trip of 760 km from the highway. There is nothing in between.
The local population is around 800, most of whom are local Aborigines, but this increases dramatically during the winter months when up to 600 anglers arrive in the area. The increasing use of 4WD and the growth of barramundi fishing as a popular sport has seen the town evolve from an Aboriginal settlement to a small tourist destination. Today Borroloola is positioned in one of the potentially richest mineral provinces in the world with one of the world’s largest and metallurgically-complex zinc-lead-silver deposits 60 km to the south, while a relatively high grade deposit of diamonds is being developed 100 km south of the town. For tourists looking beyond fishing for barramundi, the Northern Territory Government has established a network of parks and reserves in the region. The National Parks include Barranyi National Park, Caranbirini Conservation Reserve and Limmen National Park. Borroloola lies in tropical Gulf Savanna country which stretches around the Gulf of Carpentaria from North Queensland. It is also cut off, particularly from Queensland, during "The Wet" when the unsealed road from Normanton and Mount Isa becomes impassible.
This historic town is considered the gateway to the Gulf region and is famed for its excellent fishing.
After such a long journey, all travellers look forward to a hot shower, comfortable bed and good food. At the Boroloola Hotel Motel we also provide a warm welcome and outback hospitality. After a good night's sleep enjoy a refreshing swim in our pool, and a relaxing sunbathe in the lovely hotel surroundings.