Casuarina Coastal Reserve
The reserve stretches from the mouth of Rapid Creek to Lee Point. The
highlights are long white sandy beaches fringed by Casuarina trees, and
beautiful sandstone cliffs. Behind the beaches and dunes are mangrove
and monsoon vine thickets, patches of rainforest and paperbark forest.
The Reserve protects areas of cultural and historical significance. Old
Man Rock (Dariba Nunggalinya) is a registered Aboriginal Sacred Site.
Although fishing is permitted, disturbing the rock in any way or the removal
of shellfish at this site is prohibited. World War II artillery observation
posts provide a graphic reminder of the area's wartime involvement.
The Reserve is located in Darwin's northern suburbs and can be entered
via Rapid Creek Bridge, Trower Road, Brinkin or at the end of Lee Point
When To Visit
The Reserve is accessible all year round.
What To See And Do
- Picnics: Barbecues, tables, and plenty of shade make this park
a popular picnic spot.
- Walking: A signposted walking trail is located at the Dariba
Road carpark, with access through to Rocklands Drive, Tiwi. A stroll
on the beach or along the track to Sandfly Creek is also enjoyable.
- Swimming: Not recommended during the wet season (October -
April) because Box Jellyfish are common at this time of year. During
the dry season (May - September), Top End waters are extremely inviting.
However, Box Jellyfish have been recorded throughout the year.
- Nude Bathing: An area of beach has been set aside north of
Dripstone picnic area for nude bathing. Visitors using this area must
stay within the signposted boundaries for their own convenience and
as a courtesy to other beach users.
- Wildlife Watching: Plentiful wildlife exists in the various
habitats of the Reserve. Spectacular birdlife such as ospreys, sea eagles,
cormorants, and gulls can be seen along the dunes or soaring overhead.
There is a rich variety of tropical marine life and rock pools to explore
at low tide.
Protect Your Reserve
- All native plants and animals in the Reserve are protected. Guns and
traps are prohibited.
- Areas of this Reserve do not allow pets, however exercise areas are
set aside for dogs and horses. Signs throughout the Reserve explain
these conditions. Please observe these regulations.
- Take care with fire - light fires only in the fire places provided.
- Please dispose of litter properly.
- Vehicles must remain on formed roads - off road is only by foot.
- Crocodiles: Crocodiles are removed from this area as part of
the Commission's Saltwater Crocodile management of Darwin Harbour.
- Swimming: Take care when swimming in unfamiliar waters and
heed all warning signs. If stung be Box Jellyfish, douse the affected
area with vinegar and seek medical assistance.
- Walking: Prepare well when walking. Sturdy footwear, a hat
and drinking water are advisable. Protect yourself from biting insects.
Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Head Office - Goyder Centre
25 Chung Wah Tce PALMERSTON NT 0830
PO Box 496 PALMERSTON NT 0831
Ph: (08) 8999 5511