Carpentaria Highway

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesBorroloola
FinishDaly Waters Pub
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance391.17 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed87.31 km/hr
Travel Time4 hrs 28 mins
Page Updated: 8 Mar 2021

Description

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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TrekID: 224

Preparation

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.

TIP

Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.

Fuel Usage

DieselULPLPG
4cyl 55 litres4cyl 63 litres4cyl 78 litres
6cyl 60 litres6cyl 71 litres6cyl 69 litres
8cyl 60 litres8cyl 65 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Mcarthur River Mine
Distance from Trek Mid Point 135.42km E
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C36.035.234.934.732.229.730.032.035.337.838.637.7
Mean Min. °C24.924.723.420.616.412.412.213.317.221.124.124.9
Mean Rain mm208.5181.9148.932.77.61.72.40.44.720.753.9122.9
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

Borroloola to Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy)
Driving: 96.42 km
Heading: 219°
Avg Speed: 61.02 km/hr
EST Time: 01:34:48
  • Drive south on Robinson Road. for: 2.01 km time: 02:10
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Carpentaria Highway for: 8.2 km time: 05:50
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Carpentaria Highway for: 86.22 km time: 01:26:48
Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy) to Cape Crawford
Driving: 15.8 km
Heading: 239°
Avg Speed: 60.44 km/hr
EST Time: 15:41
  • Drive south on Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 15.8 km time: 15:40
  • Turn left. for: 0 km time: 00:02
Cape Crawford to Little River Rest Area
Driving: 10.27 km
Heading: 258°
Avg Speed: 97.16 km/hr
EST Time: 06:20
  • Drive north. for: 0 km time: 00:01
  • Turn left onto Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 10.19 km time: 05:39
  • Turn left. for: 0.08 km time: 00:41
Little River Rest Area to Goanna Creek Rest Area
Driving: 30.11 km
Heading: 269°
Avg Speed: 105.72 km/hr
EST Time: 17:05
  • Drive north. for: 0.08 km time: 00:39
  • Turn left onto Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 30.04 km time: 16:26
Goanna Creek Rest Area to October Creek Rest Area
Driving: 60.66 km
Heading: 279°
Avg Speed: 105.49 km/hr
EST Time: 34:30
  • Drive west on Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 60.61 km time: 33:07
  • Turn left. for: 0.05 km time: 01:23
October Creek Rest Area to Bullwaddy Rest Area
Driving: 79.3 km
Heading: 286°
Avg Speed: 92.85 km/hr
EST Time: 51:14
  • Drive northeast. for: 0.05 km time: 01:22
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Carpentaria Highway for: 78.99 km time: 48:32
  • Turn left. for: 0.27 km time: 01:22
Bullwaddy Rest Area to Hi-Way Inn Caravan Park
Driving: 90.84 km
Heading: 280°
Avg Speed: 100.8 km/hr
EST Time: 54:04
  • Drive west. for: 0.23 km time: 01:11
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Carpentaria Highway for: 90.51 km time: 52:28
  • Turn left onto 87/Stuart Highway. for: 0.04 km time: 00:03
  • Turn left. for: 0.06 km time: 00:23
Hi-Way Inn Caravan Park to Stuart Hwy & Daly Waters Turnoff
Driving: 3.81 km
Heading:
Avg Speed: 102.36 km/hr
EST Time: 02:13
  • Drive northwest. for: 0.06 km time: 00:22
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Stuart Highway for: 3.75 km time: 01:52
Stuart Hwy & Daly Waters Turnoff to Daly Waters Pub
Driving: 3.96 km
Heading: 315°
Avg Speed: 59.95 km/hr
EST Time: 03:57
  • Drive west. for: 3.96 km time: 03:58
Distance is 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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