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


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

Service TypeAvailableDetails
Regular Transport ServiceYes 

Katherine Coaches

(08) 8971 0774

FuelYes Opal and Diesel available in the community. Puma fuel cards accepted
Commercial AccommodationYes 

McArthur River Caravan Park

(08) 89758734

Savannah Way Motel

(08) 8975 8883

Community StoreYes There are several shops located in Borroloola
AirstripYes Borroloola Aerodrome (sealed) (located approximately 1.5km south of Borroloola)
Health CentreYes 

Primary Health Care delivered by Top End Health Service 

(08) 8975 8757

AlcoholYes Borroloola Township is unrestricted. Borroloola town camps (Mara, Yanyula, Garawa 1 and Garawa 2) are Alcohol Protected Areas with alcohol restrictions in effect
Police StationYes 

Borroloola Police Station

(08) 8975 8770


Borroloola School

(08) 8975 8780

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


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