GULF COUNTRY 2ND EDITION
Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria has a land system unlike any other in the country. It also has a rich Aboriginal history spanning thouands of years. European interest in the coastline dates back to the 1600's and land exploration commenced in 1845.
Nat Buchanan blazed the first track along the Great Top Road 20 years after the area was explored by Ludwig Leichhardt in 1845. Huge mobs of cattle and thousands of people travelled to the Northern Territory and the Kimberley. Minerals were found in the GUlf in the 1880's but little of it could be mined due to the inhospitable nature of the land.
Travellers will be amazed at the ever changing landscape. Flat Mitchell-grass plains on the Barkly Tableland merge into rugged, stony hills of the Cloncurry-Mt Isa region. Flat coastal plains near Burketown contrast with deep river crossings on the Great Top ROad. Mountains, plains, tropical forest, huge rivers and a coastline covered with mangroves are all part of this marvellous area called the Gulf.