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Casuarina Coastal Reserve Casuarina
Where is it at?
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
Coastal strip between Rapid Creek mouth
Tel: 8 8999 4555
Where are we going today?
Casuarina Coastal Reserve protects about 1500ha of coastal habitats between the estuaries of Rapid Creek and Buffalo Creek, in the Darwin area. It includes 8 km of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and shady casuarina trees. Behind the dunes lie typical Top End coastal plant communities including patches of woodlands, monsoon forests, mangroves and paperbarks.
The Larrakia people speak for this area and maintain links with the land, its sacred and significant sites include Dariba Nunggalinya (Old Man Rock) visible at low tide from Dripstone Cliffs lookout. Although fishing is permitted, disturbing the rock in any way or the removal of shellfish at this site is prohibited. Also in the Park are World War II artillery observation posts providing a reminder of the area's wartime involvement.
A signposted track is located at the Dariba Road carpark, with access through to Rocklands Drive, Tiwi. The path from Daribah Road goes on past the Royal Darwin Hospital to Lee Point. A stroll on the beach or along the track to Sandfly Creek is also enjoyable.
The cycle path from Rapid Creek Bridge to Dripstone Park is bitumen. It has a link to the Northern Territory University. The other paths, which are dual purpose for use by cyclists and walkers run from Daribah Road past the Royal Darwin Hospital to Lee Point.
When can we go?
Year round access.
Barbeques, tables and plenty of shade make this Reserve a popular picnic spot. There are gas BBQs throughout the Reserve with locations at Dripstone Park and Lee Point..
Any Top Tips?
Box Jellyfish are common during the wet season (October to May): do not enter the water. Jellyfish are less common (June to September) but serious stings have occurred during this period. Be cautious if swimming and preferably wear protective clothing, especially children. If stung, douse the affected area with vinegar and seek medical assistance.
Free Ranger guided activities are provided in this Park between May and August each year..
There is a nudist beach just North of Dripstone Picnic Area. Nudists using this area must stay within the signposted boundaries but it bares mentioning!.