Roper Retreat

The Traditional Owners and Management of Elsey Station welcome Australia’s veterans to
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The Traditional Owners and Management of Elsey Station welcome Australia’s veterans to

ROPER RETREAT
Open 1-31 August annually

Vets are invited to rest by 60 km of the magnificent Roper River. roper 4
Camping is free, there is fresh water in the river, with lots of peace for regeneration.

Protocol: The same as for Pandanus Park i.e. take only photos, leave only footprints, you are totally responsible for yourself and there is absolutely no liability for Elsey Station or its residents. Ensure that you have medical clearance, and that you bring everything you might need.

Bookings : Please use the format as in shared files on the MC2 site re “Bookings for Roper Retreat” and email details to ROPER, or request a booking form by email.
If unable to successfully email phone Tony 0401 100 514 or Jimbob 0419 414 909 for assistance.

Permit required, must be obtained through Roper Retreat, roperretreat@gmail.com

Donations are expected, to be used for local community activities while there.

roper 5Where is it? 31km east along the Roper Highway, Northern Territory. Turn north at the Elsey Station sign. 3km later you will pass the Manager’s house, and just 5km later you reach the Roper.

How much dirt getting in? Only eight km. Yep, you read it right. You don’t even need a fourby.

Communications Local communications are UHF channel 6 Duplex using the local repeater. After establishing communications it is suggested vets move to another channel for general chit chat.

How’s the fishing? There are plenty of barra, seratoga and black bream – all great eating – and even catfish, if that’s your fancy.

Nearest facilities: 35km to Mataranka for groceries, fuel, doctor and hospital
140km to Katherine.

History
After liaising with the Northern Land Council and Traditional Owners, VVAA Vic OEM roper 1Member (Old) Fred Greenway, along with 3 mates, set up Roper River Veterans Retreat. The Retreat fronts the Roper River, via Mataranka, in the Northern Territory.

It’s located on Elsey Station on which the book/film “We of the Never Never” was based.
Fred and his mates sponsor the local Jilkminggan Primary School and run Sausage Sizzles etc. to assist the kids with books, footballs and other needs.

The aboriginal Traditional Owners have allowed Veterans, and their invited guests, to camp during August 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

The camping area is located by travelling east from the Stuart Highway on the Roper Highway before entering the camping area on a dirt track of some seven kms. In August 2014, and previous years, some fairly large caravans had no problems getting in, although this can be dependent on the previous wet season.

You need to be fully self sufficient, the only concession is plentiful fresh water from the river. Most campers use a small battery operated pump to obtain their water from the river, which is home to some good-sized crocodiles.

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The river is suitable for boats to about 4 meters launched from the bank, with barramundi the targeted fish, with varying numbers landed over the years.