Casuarina Coastal Reserve
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
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Casurarina Coastal Reserve protects about 1500ha of coastal habitats between the estuaries of Rapid Creek and Buffalo Creek. It features 13km of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and shady casuarina trees. Behind the dunes lie tropical coast plant communities including patches of woodlands, monsoon forests, mangorves and paperbarks.
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Sajeen Raman
8 contributions
July 2022
it is ok for one time visit, better to go before the sunset.
Not much attractive compare to other place in Darwin .
Written 28 July 2022
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Josh S
Darwin, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2022
AVOID fishing at BUFFALO CREEK

Buffalo Creek receives wastewater discharge from the Leanyer-Sanderson sewage treatment plant. Water quality is extremely poor inside the creek and even the beach side can display obvious signs of sewage pollution. Buffalo Creek remains the most polluted waterway in Darwin and Palmerston.

(For reference the Leanyer-Sanderson area contain a population of roughly more than 20,000 residents, which include the suburbs of Leanyer, Anula, Wulagi, Marrara, Breezes Muirhead and parts of Malak).

Buffalo Creek is highly subjected to sewage waste, and all shellfish, crabs and fish that reside in the creek for extended periods are subjected to high levels of toxic bioaccumulation. I have also visited the creek during neap tides, and observed water looking like a thick green soup, sometimes with an unpleasant smell.

Through my 15 years of living and fishing in Darwin, I've heard reports of Barra being caught with TAMPONS in their GUTS, Barra with GREEN FLESH when filleted, people getting sick just from breathing the air within the mangroves whilst fishing, and the overall fishing success has declined severely.

Every year there is a fish kill when the first rains dumb, this flushes all the sh** (literal sh** particles) that have accumulated over the dry season which sees all water parameters in state of shambles. It is DISGUSTING. Last reported fish kill occurred on 02/11/2021. The creek is tested by the DLRM however, testing is done on high tides which don't represent true water quality parameter values as the surface water tested is mostly ocean water. On low tides, all the sediment and sewage waste is left behind and concentrated in the creek, as a result of the creeks poor directional outflow. Most people fish on low tide.

Crocodiles are also a problem, and often travel in and out of the creek sometimes residing there. Green Creek (named after, well, the water appearing like a GREEN SOUP is an area of Buffalo Creek further upstream and is accompanied with the actual sewage outlet), this place has seen crocodiles larger than 5 meters residing. I have also observed 2m-4m crocodiles hanging around the boat ramp of Buffalo Creek at night through past years, and recently (3 weeks ago) spotted a 3m plus crocodile hanging out on the right side of the boat ramp at night.

The creek is also subjected to high boat traffic as Buffalo Creek Boat Ramp is the only boat ramp close enough for the public to launch their boat to access and fish the popular creeks and reefs of Lee point and shoal bay. The high traffic from boats has also created oil pollution, and the constant disturbance of boats scare fish and prevent schooling. Even the fish avoid this place.

It is also currently subjected to an over populated amount of cast netters. During low tides, I have witnessed and observed over 30 people casting nets along the entire beach of buffalo creek (might as well drag net the whole place), and gathered reports from some of the netters stating that bait is consistently scarce and they struggle to catch a few prawns or mullets, with most netters venturing into waist deep water and often crossing to the other side of the creek putting their lives at risk just to catch a few small mullets and prawns if they're lucky.

Another concern are the car break ins and theft. Over the past years there has been a significant amount of car breakages, vehicles and boat trailers stolen as well as community violence, a lot of which has gone unheard of in the media and kept quiet.

Something needs to be done with the management of this system especially the sewage system, as it seems to be overly concentrated and an overabundance of sewage is excreted into just one small creek with poor outflow, Buffalo Creek. And now with the development of new residential defence housing along Lee Point road south of Muirhead and the Breezes community, we will see increased disruption to the already struggling wildlife and water systems around Lee Point and Buffalo creek, and of course, an increase of your neighbours sh** particles arousing your nostrils.
Written 7 March 2022
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marie p
Bunbury, Australia977 contributions
July 2021 • Couples
Parking sealed and well marked. The treed and lawned area dotted with sitting areas, bbq and so peaceful. The steps to beach well signed and path to steps sealed. Beautuful beach, pity we could not swim, tho their were few people in water. Toilets are located near the stairs.
Written 20 July 2021
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MichelleElfy
Geelong, Australia150 contributions
May 2021
You can't swim here, but it is so pretty. A great location for a sunset view, or a long walk with a cool breeze. lovely.
Written 28 May 2021
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calvin12018
8 contributions
Mar 2020
I like to get naked up the top bit there, shame you can't swim for half the year because of jellyfish.
Written 4 January 2021
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Mary W
Darwin, Australia94 contributions
Sept 2020
A must do while in Darwin great location for family picnics especially the weekends. Great view for tropical sunsets.
Written 11 October 2020
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Tuckerbag1988
Darwin, Australia35 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I frequently go down to cas coastal reserve as it is very close to my house when I need to get my photography fix.
You get a great selection of natural scenery and colours to get some amazing shots.
Will be having a night session around there next time the moon is low and the stars are out to try my hand at astrophotography.
If your here on holiday and staying at the nearby Lee point caravan park then get down there for a great beach walk on a low tide.
Written 9 October 2019
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TraceyC4
Brisbane, Australia167 contributions
Aug 2019
Discovered this spot as I was driving along the beach road through the various suburbs. There were picnic tables/toilets and a number of walking tracks. I went for a lovely walk along the beach (dog friendly) and there didn't seem to be big crowds. Easy to find a car park and there were great views of the cliffs. Definitely worth a visit particularly if you are travelling with a four legged friend.
Written 20 September 2019
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Aussie Traveller
Queensland, Australia101 contributions
Sept 2019
I went for a drive along the coast and quite by accident ended up driving along here and all the way around Casuarina through Nightcliffe. Wonderful views and plenty of parking and vantage points.
Written 17 September 2019
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Gamma V
Darwin, Australia44 contributions
Sept 2019
The reserve is a large stretch of coast and hinterland north of Darwin. Easily accessible by road or bike from the city (20 minutes b y car max) and plenty of bike tracks to get there safely. The beaches are glorious - huge, clean, dog friendly - and with up to 8 metre tides at times. There are good walking tracks to see the large variety of birds and some remnants of WW 2....I've also come across frilled neck lizards. Plenty of parking and great views over the Dripstone Cliffs - also a lovely sculpture of a dugong and calf by local artist Aly de Groot. Plenty of places for BBQs and picnics (gas bbqs and shelters provided). Sunset on the cliff face is beautiful.
Written 3 September 2019
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