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Caranbirini Conservation
Caranbirini landforms
Waterlilies at Caranbirini Waterhole

Caranbirini Conservation Reserve

Caranbirini Conservation Reserve is a remarkable reserve that protects a large number of habitats within its small area.

Explore its sandstone hills and ridges, a semi-permanent waterhole surrounded by riverine vegetation, open woodland and interesting sandstone spires known as 'Lost City' formations. The reserve is located 46 kilometres south of Borroloola on the western extremity of the Bukalara Range.

Take the 2 kilometre Barrawulla Loop Walk and explore the Lost City, where impressive spires rise to 25m in height and provide shelter for wildlife. Bring your camera to make sure you capture images of this remarkable landscape. If you have more time, the 5 kilometre Jagududgu Loop Walk takes you to all of the reserve's habitats, and includes views that extend beyond its boundaries. Alternatively, take the short 300 metre return walk to the bird hide where you can view the birds at the semi-permanent Caranbirini Waterhole.

Camping is not permitted and visitors are advised to camp at either Borroloola or Heartbreak Hotel-Cape Crawford, around 64 kilometres west of the Reserve. Access to the Reserve is via the Carpentaria Highway. A short (500m) formed gravel road suitable for two wheel drive vehicles leads to the car park.

Entry cost

  • Indicative Prices tickets from $10.00 to $60.00
    Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt).
  • Child tickets from $5.00 to $30.00
    Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt).


  • Carpark
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area


  • Birdwatching
  • Walks
  • Hiking


  • COVID Safe


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