The Roper Gulf region is the heart of the Top End and Gulf Savannah. It covers an area from the southern border of Kakadu National Park to the northern edge of the Barkly Tablelands, and from the Gulf of Carpentaria and Northern Territory/Queensland border to the Stuart Highway. Put simply, this spectacularly diverse region covers about the same land area as the entire state of Victoria.
Within the region there are majestic rivers, over 700 kilometres of untouched coast and islands, sweeping savannah plains and lines of sandstone cliffs, mesas and hills that offer a breath-taking look at ancient landscapes. A trip from Darwin to Katherine and Mataranka is an easy one-day drive.
Three main road routes pass through the Roper Gulf region, and many of the best tourist sites in the region are easily accessible for travelers using these largely unsealed roads, and the three east-west roads form the boundaries of distinct sub-regions.
The Roper Gulf region is remote, but its small towns are welcoming, and the unique environments and links to the distant and recent past make it an exciting and rewarding place to visit.
Whether you want a once-in-a-lifetime holiday for the kids, a unique landscape, the best fishing and birdwatching the NT has to offer, an amazing night under the stars or a chance to learn more about a culture tens of thousands of years old, the Roper Gulf region has it all. For more information, go to www.ropergulf.nt.gov.au.