Carpentaria Highway

A journey on the legendary Carpentaria Highway

The Carpentaria Highway is a very scenic journey running between Daly Waters and Borroloola in the Northern Territory of Australia.

The road is totally paved. It’s 380-kilometre-long (240 mi). The road is part of the National Highway 1. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not adviced night drive. It’s one of the Northern Territory 's most remote drives, and connects the deserts of the outback with the subtropical hinterland of the Gulf of Carpentaria. It’s quite narrow in places, and by any standard, this is a long and tough haul through very remote territory. Its isolation requires travellers to be totally self-sufficient with water, food and fuel.

This road starts near Daly Waters, a small town in the Northern Territory in Australia, about 620 kilometres south of Darwin (at an elevation of 212 metres above sea level). After more than 8 hours driving, the road ends in Borroloola, a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is located on the McArthur River, about 50 km upstream from the Gulf of Carpentaria, at an elevation of 17 m (56 ft) above the sea level. The dual-lane section of the Carpentaria Highway north of McArthur River mine made passing oncoming road trains routine.