Garig Gunak Barlu National Park (Cobourg Marine Park)
Cobourg-Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is also known by several other names, including:
Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
Gurig National Park
Cobourg Marine Park
Cobourg Coastal Reserve
Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal Reserve
These names are all commonly used to refer to the same protected area, which is located on the northern coast of the Northern Territory in Australia. The park is known for its diverse wildlife, stunning coastal scenery, and rich cultural heritage, and is a popular destination for visitors who want to experience the natural beauty of the Top End.
A suggested travel guide for a 4WD camper rental from Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals from Darwin to Cobourg Marine Park:
The distance from Cahills Crossing to Cobourg Marine Park is approximately 190 kilometers (118 miles) via the Central Arnhem Road. However, it is important to note that this is an unsealed and often challenging road, so travel times may vary depending on road conditions and your vehicle's capabilities. It is recommended that you allow at least 4-5 hours for the journey, and that you check current road conditions and weather forecasts before setting out.
Day 1: Darwin to Corroboree Billabong
Depart from Darwin in the morning and head east on the Arnhem Highway towards Corroboree Billabong. This is a great place to start your journey and spend your first night. Corroboree Billabong is a stunning wetland area known for its diverse birdlife and fishing opportunities. There are several campgrounds in the area where you can spend the night.
Day 2: Corroboree Billabong to Kakadu National Park
After breakfast, continue east on the Arnhem Highway towards Kakadu National Park. This park is one of Australia's most famous natural attractions and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including crocodiles, kangaroos, and wallabies. There are several campgrounds in the park where you can spend the night.
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Cobourg Marine Park
From Kakadu National Park, head north to the Cobourg Peninsula. To get there, you'll need to drive along a rough, unsealed track, so make sure your 4WD camper rental is equipped for remote travel. Once you arrive at the park, you can explore the stunning coastal scenery, including pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and coral reefs. There are several campgrounds in the park, including those at the ranger station and Victoria Settlement.
Day 4: Cobourg Marine Park
Spend the day exploring the park. You can go fishing, snorkeling, or diving, or simply relax on the beach and take in the stunning views. Make sure to visit Victoria Settlement, a historic outpost that was established in the 1800s and is now a popular tourist attraction.
Day 5: Cobourg Marine Park to Darwin
On your final day, make your way back to Darwin. You may want to stop along the way to explore other attractions in the area, such as Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve or the Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Drop off your 4WD camper rental at Australia 4 Wheel Drive Rentals and spend your final night in Darwin before departing the next day.
If you're planning to cross Cahill's Crossing in the Northern Territory, it's important to be aware that this is a tidal crossing and can be quite challenging, particularly during the wet season. For the safest and most enjoyable experience, we recommend crossing only during the dry season, which runs from May to October. During this time, the water level is at its lowest and the crossing is generally safer and easier to navigate. Be sure to check the tide times and approach the crossing slowly and carefully, following the established tracks to avoid getting bogged down. Keep a lookout for crocodiles, which are common in the area, and be prepared with plenty of fuel, water, and supplies for your journey. With these precautions in mind, crossing Cahill's Crossing can be a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
The ranger at Cobourg Marine Park advised me personally (a old friend from the 2000's when he was Litchfield Park ranger there is no fuel or food at Cobourg and that Ranger said they can't assist with food or fuel.)
Make sure your vehicle is equipped for remote travel, with a spare tire, water, and fuel.
Check weather conditions and road closures before you depart, as some roads may be closed during the rainy season.
Bring plenty of food and water, as there may not be many opportunities to purchase supplies along the way.
Respect the environment and local culture by leaving no trace and following any posted guidelines.
Make sure you have a map or GPS device, as mobile phone coverage may be limited in some areas.
Watch out for wildlife on the roads, especially at dawn and dusk.
Image courtesy NT Parks