Casuarina Coastal Reserve 4.0 (reviews)

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About Casuarina Coastal Reserve

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!

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Adults Free!

Last Update 2023

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Casuarina Coastal Reserve FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Casuarina Coastal Reserve?

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 when visiting?

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.

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Free Ranger guided activities are provided in this Park between May and August each year.

Does Casuarina Coastal Reserve have healthy eating or Vegan options?

Take plenty of water!

Any additonal information?

You can take part in highly popular turtle hatchling release events during breeding season. Call 08 8999 4555 to put your name on the waiting list.