Smith Point Camping Area (Garig Gunak Barlu NP)


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Garig Gunak Barlu should be on every traveller's list. It is at the very top of the Northern Territory (NT) and accessed by travelling through Arnhem Land. It is a remote, rugged area fringed with magnificent white beaches on the Cobourg Peninsula. Camping - is only permitted within the designated camping areas at Smith Point. Facilities include showers, composting toilets, BBQs and tables. No powered sites are available. You need a permit to stay in the Park overnight on the Peninsula, whether you arrive by road, air or sea. Book well in advance especially during the school holiday periods in the dry season. In quieter times, allow two days to process permits. Supply alternative dates if you can. Permit Application: Contact the Permit and Concessions Unit GPO Box 1448 Darwin NT 0801 Tel (08) 8999 4814 Fax (08) 8999 4524 You may see saltwater crocodiles and the endangered dugong swimming in the clear blue ocean. No swimming anywhere in the Park due to Saltwater Crocodiles and box jellyfish. Road access is during the Dry Season only. 4WD is required. Caravans and motor bikes are not permitted. Off road vans are permitted but at your own risk. Roads are open usually from 1 May to 31 October, but check with the permits office before heading out. Pets are not permitted. Check tide charts before setting out. The tides at Cahills Crossing are about six hours later than Darwin tides. Some tides may prevent you crossing the river. Use silent pack generators (65 decibel at 7m). Turn off by 9 pm.

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Lat: -11.133723 Lng: 132.178075

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Totally agree with Chris's comment below. Access the Rangers for a chat, advice, info or any Ranger activities on offer, they are a wealth of knowledge about the history, flora and fauna of the area. This is a very special undeveloped and unspoiled NP. Hard to get to but well worth it.



Stayed 4 nights ( our trip was delayed due to Darwin lock down , 5 days would be better and a week if you enjoy fishing) It is a pristine marine park and there is lots of wildlife to see. Park is as shady as can be in Camp ground 1 , shower and toilet area are great for a NP , bins are a bonus - thanks to the Rangers Robbie and Dillon - who were very generous with information . The coastal drive is no doubt the most stunningly beautiful drive we have done . Highly recommend the tour Travis from Cobourg Coastal tours takes . A privilege to visit here .



Camp one is closest to the beach and an easy walk. No generators allowed and more suitable for single vehicles. Good toilets & showers and plenty of shade. Rubbish collection service is excellent.


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