Coburg Peninsula, Northern Territory
Remote and rugged, fringed with magnificent white sand beaches, the Coburg Peninsula can be reached only by 4X4 from Oenpelli via Jabiru or a 30 minute charter flight from Darwin. It's perfect for hiking, birdwatching and photography. There are campsites and cabins at Smith Point and luxury accommodation including gourmet meals at the Seven Spirit Bay eco-resort.
There were two early attempts at settling this remote area - Fort Wellington in 1827 and the Victoria Settlement in 1838. Both failed. Don't miss exploring the eerie ruins of the Victoria Settlement.
The Coburg Peninsula is protected. In fact, both Gurig National Park and the surrounding Coburg Marine Park are on the United Nation's register of Wetlands of International Importance as the habitat of thousands of waterfowl and other birds.
Because of the area's ecological significance, the Parks and Wildlife Commission restricts the number of vehicles allowed in at any one time, so apply for your permit well in advance. During the tropical summer, there is no road access.