The Gulf of Carpentaria is the shallow sea between Australia and Papua New Guinea. This unspoiled region is one of the Northern Territory's best remote fishing destinations – base yourself at Borroloola, a fishing community and the Gulf region's main service centre on the McArthur River.

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Travel east of Katherine to the Gulf of Carpentaria, the shallow sea between Australia and Papua New Guinea. Nine rivers drain into the Gulf area, making this unspoiled region one of the Territory's best remote fishing destinations. A good place to base yourself for your fishing adventure is Borroloola, a fishing community and the Gulf's main service centre on the McArthur River. It is near King Ash Bay, a fishing spot with a huge tidal range that attracts thousands of anglers every year. There are also many stations in the region that offer accommodation and exciting fishing on private billabongs and sections of river and coastline.

Take a boat cruise to Barranyi (North Island) National Park, in the Sir Edward Pellew Group of islands. Its beaches are a nesting site for four species of marine turtle. Birds also use the islands as a rest point on their migration flights. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Carpentaria grass wren and Gouldian finch at the Caranbirni Conservation Reserve south of Borroloola. The Borroloola gecko is also endemic to the region.

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