Recreation Areas managed by Dhimurru offer a wide range of settings - from sandy white beaches and rugged coastline to expanses of open forests and shaded inland waterways. There are opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, walking and exploring the diverse vegetation and landscape. Recreation destinations are signposted and split into General Permit areas and Special Permit areas. Please make sure you have the appropriate permit for your journey.
General Permit recreation areas
Areas near town--Wirrwawuy; Galuru or East Woody; Gadalathami or Town Beach; Gumuniya or Buffalo Creek; Lombuy or Crocodile Creek; and Nhulun or Mount Saunders--are just outside of the town lease but part of Dhimurru's IPA and managed as recreation areas. The beaches and lookout on Nhulun all have easy car access on sealed roads, apart from Lombuy.
There is no overnight camping allowed at these sites.
Guwatjurumurru or Giddy River is a river with beautiful waterholes and mini-gorges. Resistant rock has defined the shape of the river channel and forms shallow shelves between the more deeply carved sections of the watercourse.
Located approximately 40km from Nhulunbuy, the track provides access to the western side of the river and the rock pools there.
There are camping areas located on both sides of the river.
Bariŋura or Little Bondi lies at the northern end of the walking trail that includes the beaches of Ngumy, Garanhan and Daliwuy Bay.
The track from the car park descends via a slope covered by open eucalypt forest that alternates near the base of the slope with coastal monsoon vine forest and vegetation characteristic of lowland freshwater streams, including paperbarks and Pandanus species.
The beach is a stretch of white sand with rolling sand dunes.
This site now has a composting toilet.
Ŋumuy or Turtle Beach is Yirritja land. The access track winds through a patch of retja, or coastal monsoon vine forest, to the white sands of this popular beach. Track conditions are generally good, though rocky and sandy in parts, and a small camping area is set back in the trees. Walking tracks to Little Bondi and Macassan Beach form an onward walking trail. There is a composting toilet at this site.
Caution should be taken near the rocks as dangerous strong rips sometimes occur.
Garanhan or Macassan Beachis a long, wide beach of white sand which contrasts with the rough-textured shelves of laterite that run parallel to the general line of the coast.
A narrow, dense strip of retja (monsoon coastal vine forest) overlies the rockshelf and a short walk behind the sandhills leads to a paperbark swamp. There are good shady picnic and camping spots under the casuarinas behind the rockshelf. There is also a composting toilet at this site.
Binydjarrŋa or Daliwuy Bay The newly repaired track from the Central Arnhem Highway leads down to Binydjarrŋa, a boat launching area and campsite with a view of Daliwuy Bay. Facilities here include composting toilets and tables.
Good vehicle access provides opportunities to experience mangrove estuaries, mudflats, paperbark trees (Melaleuca) and other features of the inter-tidal zone. The mangroves form a dense forest that extends over a large area of tidal mudflats and sand flats. A thin belt of coastal monsoon rainforest that grows on low sandy ridges running parallel to the shoreline merges with nearby open eucalypt forest. This area is popular for fishing.
Baṉambarrŋa or Rainbow Cliffs is a sheer section of coastline where the exposed and weathered rock profile produces a striking colourful effect on the cliff face as it plunges over 40 meters into the sea. Open forest runs to the top of the cliff and a small tidal creek winds through a mangrove community to spill into the sea at its western end, where there is easy access to a sandy beach.
The top of the cliff is a Sacred Site and access is not permitted. Follow the road to the eastern side of the cliffs to see a spectacular view from the laterite shelf adjacent to the cliff base.
The western side of the track leads to a small cliff, camping areas and a beach. There is also a composting toilet on this site.
Also known as the Latram River, and incorporating Goanna Lagoon,Wathawuy is a stream that winds its way through open Eucalyptus forest.
It is a pleasant and popular destination for a day or overnight trip from Nhulunbuy.
The floor of the stream is generally shallow and sandy with deeper waterholes in some places. There is easy access to the water at several spots.
There is a composting toilet at the Latram River and Goanna Logoon.
Special Permit recreation areas
Wanuwuy or Cape Arnhem is characterised by broad sandy beaches and extensive dune fields bounded by unusually clear seas and mangrove-fringed tidal inlets. A dominant landscape feature of the peninsula area of Manydjarrarrnga-Wanuwuy is the wind-formed Quaternary dune system, which rises to 60 metres in places.
Other geological formations included undifferentiated marine silts in the upper reaches of Daliwuy Bay, as well as Bradshaw granite outcrops which form localised yet distinctive habitats at several locations in the dune fields, on the offshore islets, and in Daliwuy Bay itself.
A Special Permit is required to visit Wanuwuy and there is a ten-vehicle maximum limit, per day.
Manaŋaymi or Scout Camp is located north of the Central Arnhem Highway. It has several campsites alongside a waterfall and freshwater pools in sandy open woodland.
This area is popular with families and there is one larger camping area that can be used by special arrangement for events. There is also a composting toilet at this site.
Manangaymi is a Special Permit area and there is a five-vehicle maximum limit per day. Each vehicle may belong to a different group.
Gaṉami, or Wonga Creek is a freshwater creek running through open Eucalypt forest. It forms a mangrove estuary at its mouth where it flows into Port Bradshaw.
The campsite is a waterhole with rock pools and flowing water all year round. It is at the upper limits of tidal influence and crocodiles inhabit the area.
A Special Permit is required and booking is essential for any visit as the area is an exclusive booking site.
There is a 5 vehicle maximum, but all vehicles must belong to the same party.
Located in the upper catchment of Ganami, Gapuru, or Memorial Park, has a campsite adjacent to numerous freshwater rockpools.
A Special Permit is required and this area is also an exclusive booking site. There is a five vehicle maximum, but all five vehicles must belong to the same party. There is also a composting toilet at this site.
Compliance with these access conditions ensures visitors enjoy the privacy they anticipate when making a booking, and the public's support for this visitor management system is appreciated.
Most roads and tracks in the Designated Recreation Areas require 4WD vehicles to access. Maximum vehicle clearance for majority of the Recreation Areas is 2.5m height, 2.1m width and 3.5 tonne weight. Some areas may be closed due to seasonal flooding. Contact Dhimurru for more information regarding vehicle access and for current road conditions.
Registered Sacred Sites are governed by conditions of access designed so visitors do not unwittingly damage these sites or place themselves in a position of potential legal liability. There are heavy penalties for disobeying these conditions.
Ask Dhimurru for information about local boat launching facilities. Check tides and conditions before launching.
Do not plan strenuous walks in hot weather. Advise someone of your intended route and anticipated travel time. Carry plenty of water. Wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.
Hunting and/or possessing firearms or weapons on Aboriginal Land is not permitted.
Where facilities are not provided, bury toilet waste at least 100m from camping areas, water and walking trails and two feet in the ground. Toilets are provided at Daliwuy Bay, Macassan Beach, Little Bondi & Manangaymi.
Bring your rubbish back from recreation areas where facilities are not provided and dispose of waste appropriately.
Do not 'taste test' vegetation unless in the presence of an expert.
Water is not provided in the Recreation Areas. Visitors should ensure they carry sufficient water for the duration of their stay.
Saltwater crocodiles inhabit all water environments in this area. Swimming is not recommended and extreme care should be taken near substantial bodies of water. Do not dispose of fish carcasses near camping areas or boat launching sites.
Buffalo have proven to be extremely dangerous. Avoid close contact and be especially wary at dusk or dawn.
Jellyfish are common in these coastal waters all year, particularly between October and May. If stung, liberally apply vinegar and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Avoid contact with snakes, scorpions, stonefish, spiders and other potentially dangerous creatures. Seek medical attention if bitten or stung. Mosquitoes and sandflies should be avoided by selecting sensible campsites, using insect repellents and covering up.
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