Kids, it's time to get out into some beautiful natural landscapes of the Northern Territories!
Casuarina Coastal Reserve protects about 1500ha of coastal habitats between the estuaries of Rapid Creek and Buffalo Creek.
It's here you will find 8 km of stunning sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and shady casuarina trees. Sounds pretty cool, huh?
Behind the dunes lie typical Top End coastal plant communities including patches of woodlands, monsoon forests, mangroves and paperbarks.
Kids can learn about history and culture in the area too, because 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 at Casuarina Coastal Reserve are World War II artillery observation posts providing a reminder of the area's wartime involvement. History is still all around you!
For those who love to grab those walking shoes, check out the signposted track 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 a great experience for the family!
The reserve area also has cycle paths, so there are plenty of ways to experience this beautiful part of Darwin!
With BBQ shelters, and picnics spots, and that beautiful NT sun, why not check it out on your next family day out? Just don't forget those hats!