Barranyi (North Island) National Park

Barranyi (North Island) National Park is the perfect spot for fishing. 

It is part of the Sir Edward Pellew group of islands north of Borroloola and its waters are full of northern bluefin tuna, Spanish mackerel, Queenfish and trevally. 

There are also reef delicacies such as the red emperor, coral trout, sea perch and parrot fish. 

Sandstone cliffs, sweeping sandy beaches and small coves make up the picturesque coastline of the island, which is home to the Yanyuwa Aboriginal people. 

You'll also see plenty of sea and land birds, especially at sunrise and sunset. 

The beaches of Barranyi (North Island) National Park are important nesting sites for turtles.

You should not swim in this area due to saltwater crocodiles and box jellyfish. Be Crocwise at all times.

Get the Barranyi (North Island) National Park fact sheet and map (840.2 kb).

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What to see and do

You can do all of the following activities in the park:

  • fishing
  • bushwalking
  • camping
  • boating
  • wildlife spotting.

Camping

Bush sites are available at Mud Bay and Paradice Bay. 

Paradice Bay has toilets and barbecues.

You will need to bring your own drinking water to the island.

Camping fees apply and are payable on-site.

Boating access

If you plan to launch a boat in the park you should be aware of the following:

  • access is restricted to Paradice Bay camping area, beach, loop walking track and the camping area at Mud Bay
  • you should stay in your boat throughout the park to avoid disturbing one of the many sacred areas
  • it is dangerous to land a boat on many beaches as they have reefs and strong currents and swells
  • you should check weather conditions before setting out - south-easterly winds prevail during the Dry Season, making shallow waters very rough
  • cyclones and regular storms are a feature of the Wet Season when north-westerly winds prevail
  • register with the Borroloola Boat and Fishing Club before departing for Barranyi National Park, or tell a reliable person when you expect to return
  • prepare for extremely remote conditions and be self-sufficient
  • follow the safety guide for recreational boating.

How to get there

Access to the island is by boat only, with a 35km journey up the McArthur River and Carrington Channel to the Gulf. 

Vessels at Borroloola can launch from King Ash Bay.

This journey is only recommended for experienced boaters as conditions can be dangerous during the Dry Season and severe winds are likely in the Wet Season.

Check if this park is open

Find out if the Barranyi (North Island) National Park is open.

Opening hours and contact

Contact the Borroloola Ranger Station before you leave home on (08) 8975 8792.

Facilities

Barranyi (North Island) National Park has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • fire pits
  • public toilets
  • camping
  • walking tracks
  • boat ramp.

Please remember

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • take all rubbish with you
  • water is available, but is not suitable for drinking
  • cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • you must not go into the residential area of the traditional owners at Webe Point
  • be careful with fire, only light fires in fireplaces provided
  • do not use detergent and soap on or near the island
  • observe all fishing laws
  • pets are not permitted
  • generators are not permitted
  • nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
  • camp only in designated areas
  • check that your boat is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.

Safety

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Barranyi by doing all of the following:

  • do not swim
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • carry a first aid kit
  • wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • make sure your boat is well-maintained and equipped.

Last updated: 13 October 2017