Welcome to Roper Highway
Not far south of Mataranka on the Stuart Hwy, the mostly sealed single-lane Roper Hwy strikes 175km eastwards to Roper Bar, crossing the paperbark- and pandanus-lined Roper River, where freshwater meets saltwater. It's a gateway to remote and dramatic Limmen National Park. The road continues out to Numbulwar on the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline – you'll need a permit to take this road, including visiting Ngukurr, which is obtainable through the Northern Land Council in Katherine. Most of the highway is passable only in the Dry.
The Roper Hwy traverses the lands of numerous Indigenous language groups – together they go by the name Yugul Mangi.