Sunday, August 31, 2008

cobourg peninsula-garig gunak barlu national park

We have returned from the Cobourg peninsula after an amazing few days about as far from the madding crowd as possible.

The Coburg Peninsula is home to some of the best reef and tropical sports fishing in the world. The spectacular wilderness of Garig Gunak Barlu National Park encompasses almost all of Cobourg Peninsula. The park preserves the peninsula’s sandy beaches, dunes and associated coastal grasslands, mangroves, rainforest patches, swamps, lagoons, coral reefs, sea grass meadows and rich marine life.

The peninsula is two sailing days from Darwin ( 150 nautical miles ) and 1-2 days in a 4WD ( road access is only possible from May to October). Visitors to the area are restricted to a maximum of 20 vehicles at any one time (we saw 1 other while we were there).

It is always a good idea to broaden one's horizons by doing these groups tours and meet fellow travellers from all over the world, so we hooked up with Jo from Melbourne and Phillip from Mudgee!

The view from our tent was not too bad:

The other residents of this tropical paradise did prevent us from enjoying any ocean swimming:

Much more to write about the trip, but as we are off again this morning to see more of Kakadu I will post later on this week.

Meanwhile, I fear that Ness has gone completely feral and that we may never see another town or city again.

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