Burketown can feel like the end of the earth – it's a long drive from anywhere, a quiet old place where the horizon starts at the end of each street, and when the sun or rain beats down with the full force of the north, you won't find a soul on the streets. And therein lies its charm. It's isolated but accessible – the road in from Gregory is sealed and the road from Normanton is in good condition in the Dry.
There are two more reasons to come. The barra fishing, either on the Albert River or 30km north at the Gulf, is legendary (the season runs from mid-January to the end of September). And along with Karumba, this is the best place in the world to witness the extraordinary ‘morning glory’ cloud phenomenon.
These are the traditional lands of the Gangalidda and Garawa peoples.