Upgrades to parks

Casuarina Coastal Reserve

Project update

Work is continuing with visitor facility upgrades across Casuarina Coastal Reserve and the various projects are nearing completion.

For more information about the upgrades call (08) 8999 4555 or contact us via email parkplanning@nt.gov.au

Casuarina Coastal Reserve is enjoyed by large numbers of Territorians for day-to-day recreation, exercise and social activities. 

The reserve provides people with a safe, natural space for social interaction, activities that promote health and wellbeing, and places for children to play and interact positively with nature. 

Casuarina Coastal Reserve supports the outdoor lifestyle that is the essence of the Territory's identity.

The Casuarina Coastal Reserve Experience Development Plan (1.2 mb) is the basis of upgrades to visitor facilities throughout the reserve in 2016. They include:

  • paths and tracks – the network of paths and tracks will be upgraded and new tracks constructed to ensure visitors are able to enjoy more of the Reserve
  • Lee Point – picnic facilities will be upgraded
  • Dripstone Park – improved picnic facilities including a new toilet block and picnic shelters, including a group shelter.
  • Free Beach –  new night lighting in the car park.
  • Rapid Creek – a new picnic area with a toilet block and picnic facilities will provide more recreation opportunities in the southern end of the Reserve. These works include a sealed and fenced access road to the site
  • Dripstone Cliffs – a re-designed cliff-top parking area, more picnic space, improved picnic facilities and new public art
  • Buffalo Creek – improved security with closed circuit television cameras, formalised free parking including a turnaround for improved access for cars with trailers
  • mountain bike tracks – new mountain bike tracks and rationalising existing informal tracks. 

Works are progressing well and are nearing completion.

We regret to inform that some clearing of native vegetation will be required as part of these works. Clearing will be necessary at Dripstone Park, Dripstone Cliffs and Rapid Creek to remove dead and dangerous trees and to ensure the long-term safety of visitors and protection of infrastructure. Some clearing may also be required with the construction of the walking track from Lee Point to Buffalo Creek.

On top of clearing and pruning, some areas may require the addition of fill or earthworks to remediate depressions that have been identified as mosquito breeding areas.

Further to this, a qualified arborist has prepared a Tree Report for the area from Dripstone Cliffs to the Free Beach car park including Daribah Road. This report has identified a number of trees that will require removal or reduction pruning. These works are due to commence in the near future.  

Planting of native vegetation will occur at sites across the Reserve.

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Last updated: 11 October 2017