Borroloola is in the South West Gulf Ward. It is situated on the eastern coast of the Northern Territory in the Gulf of the Carpentaria and on the banks of the McArthur River

Quick snapshot


755 people reside in Borroloola with a median age of 32 years old (Census 2021)


The people of Borroloola speak Garrwa, Yanyuwa, Gudanji and English


Borroloola Council Office: 167 Robinson Road, Borroloola NT 0854

Phone: (08) 8975 7700

The township of Borroloola is located 670 kilometres east-south-east of Katherine. It is one of the largest communities in the Roper Gulf region with a population of 755 people. Borroloola includes four town camps within its boundary – Garawa Camp One, Garawa Camp Two, Yanyula Camp and Mara Camp.

Road to Borroloola
Aerial view of road to Borroloola, Carpentaria Highway. Image: Tourism NT/Sean Scott


Borroloola may be accessed via the Carpentaria Highway which is a sealed, all-weather, single lane road. It is approximately seven (7) hours drive from Katherine. Borroloola is also located on the Savannah Way which links Cairns in Northern Queensland and Broome in Western Australia. The road east is an unsealed road and can be subject to closures in the wet season. The Tablelands Highway also links Tennant Creek. 

Borroloola may also be accessed via chartered small aircraft. It is approximately two (2) kilometres from the Borroloola Airstrip to the Town Centre and a short walk to the Council office. Furthermore, there is a barge landing 40 kilometres from Borroloola which is functional only when weather conditions are suitable.


Local Authority

An integral part of the community consultation process in Borroloola occurs through Borroloola Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the South West Gulf Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Borroloola are invited to attend the Local Authority Meetings. The resolutions made at these meetings form the basis of all planning made by Roper Gulf Regional Council.

To attend a Borroloola Local Authority Meeting, click here

To view our Local Authority Meeting dates, agendas and minutes, click here



This information is sourced from the Northern Territory Government and is available on BushTel

Service Type Available Details
Regular Transport Service Yes

Katherine Coaches

1800 263 442

Fuel Yes Opal and Diesel available in the community. Puma fuel cards accepted
Commercial Accommodation Yes

McArthur River Caravan Park

(08) 89758734

Savannah Way Motel

(08) 8975 8883

Community Store Yes

There is a café and several shops located in Borroloola

Airstrip Yes Borroloola Aerodrome (sealed) (located approximately 1.5km south of Borroloola)
Health Centre Yes

Primary Health Care delivered by Sunrise Health Services 

(08) 8975 8757

Alcohol Yes

Borroloola Township is unrestricted. Borroloola town camps (Mara, Yanyula Garawa One and Garawa Two) are Alcohol Protected Areas with alcohol restrictions in effect

Police Station Yes

Borroloola Police Station

(08) 8975 8770

School Yes

Borroloola School

(08) 8975 8780

Council Service Delivery Centre Yes  Council Office located at 167 Robinson Road, Borroloola NT 0854
Mobile Phone, Internet & Radio Yes Borroloola has Telstra 4G telephone and internet coverage
Post Office Yes Located at 305 Robinson Road, Borroloola
Early Childcare Centre Yes  
Aged Care Centre Yes