Carpentaria Highway

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesDaly Waters Pub
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable For2WD Motorhome/Van Motorbike 
Distance391.17 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed86.75 km/hr
Travel Time4 hrs 30 mins
Page Updated: 21 Oct 2021


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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Fuel Usage

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.

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Closest Climatic Station

Mcarthur River Mine
Distance from Trek Mid Point 135.42km E
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.
Mean Rain mm208.5181.9148.932.
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended


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Daly Waters Pub to Stuart Hwy & Daly Waters Turnoff
Driving: 3.96 km
Heading: 135°
Avg Speed: 55.14 km/hr
EST Time: 04:18
  • Drive south. for: 3.96 km time: 04:18
Stuart Hwy & Daly Waters Turnoff to Hi-Way Inn Caravan Park
Driving: 3.81 km
Heading: 189°
Avg Speed: 104.67 km/hr
EST Time: 02:11
  • Drive south on 1/Stuart Highway. Continue on Stuart Highway. for: 3.75 km time: 01:48
  • Turn left. for: 0.06 km time: 00:23
Hi-Way Inn Caravan Park to Bullwaddy Rest Area
Driving: 90.87 km
Heading: 101°
Avg Speed: 100.26 km/hr
EST Time: 54:22
  • Drive northwest. for: 0.06 km time: 00:22
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Stuart Highway for: 0.04 km time: 00:06
  • Turn right onto Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 90.51 km time: 52:30
  • Turn right. for: 0.27 km time: 01:26
Bullwaddy Rest Area to October Creek Rest Area
Driving: 79.27 km
Heading: 106°
Avg Speed: 92.9 km/hr
EST Time: 51:11
  • Drive west. for: 0.23 km time: 01:11
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Carpentaria Highway for: 78.99 km time: 48:34
  • Turn right. for: 0.05 km time: 01:27
October Creek Rest Area to Goanna Creek Rest Area
Driving: 60.66 km
Heading: 99°
Avg Speed: 105.33 km/hr
EST Time: 34:33
  • Drive northeast. for: 0.05 km time: 01:22
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Carpentaria Highway for: 60.61 km time: 33:12
Goanna Creek Rest Area to Little River Rest Area
Driving: 30.11 km
Heading: 89°
Avg Speed: 105.39 km/hr
EST Time: 17:08
  • Drive east on Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 30.04 km time: 16:23
  • Turn right. for: 0.08 km time: 00:46
Little River Rest Area to Cape Crawford
Driving: 10.27 km
Heading: 78°
Avg Speed: 95.93 km/hr
EST Time: 06:25
  • Drive north. for: 0.08 km time: 00:39
  • Turn right onto Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 10.19 km time: 05:38
  • Turn right. for: 0 km time: 00:08
Cape Crawford to Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy)
Driving: 15.8 km
Heading: 59°
Avg Speed: 60.35 km/hr
EST Time: 15:42
  • Drive north. for: 0 km time: 00:01
  • Turn right onto Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 15.8 km time: 15:42
Leila Crossing (Carpentaria Hwy) to Borroloola
Driving: 96.42 km
Heading: 39°
Avg Speed: 60.77 km/hr
EST Time: 01:35:11
  • Drive north on Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 86.22 km time: 01:27:00
  • Turn right to stay on Carpentaria Highway/1. for: 8.2 km time: 05:49
  • Turn left onto Robinson Road. for: 2.01 km time: 02:24
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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