Charles Darwin National Park

Charles Darwin National Park is a small gem close to the centre of Darwin. 

The park has national significance for its ecological diversity and Aboriginal and World War Two history. 

It also protects part of the Port Darwin wetland, one of Australia's most important wetlands. 

In the park are 36 of the Territory's 51 mangrove species.

Mountain bike riders can enjoy Darwin's best network of tracks and access the many fire break paths through the bushland. 

The lookout platform has sweeping views of Darwin's ever developing skyline.

Historic sites are scattered through the park and there's a World War Two display where you can learn about Darwin's role in the Pacific War.

Shell middens in the park suggest the Larrakia people have used this land for many thousands of years.

Remember to wear protective clothing and apply insect repellent. 

Get the Charles Darwin National Park fact sheet and map (933.4 kb).

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What to see and do

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

  • mountain biking
  • see World War Two displays
  • view from the lookout platform
  • picnicking
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife watching
  • ranger-guided activities.

How to get there

Travel along Tiger Brennan Drive. Entry is at Winnellie, opposite Bowen Road. 

Follow the one-way road signs in the park.

The park is only 5.5km from the city and an easy ride for cyclists.

Check if this park is open

Find out if the Charles Darwin National Park is open.

Opening hours

Daily from 8am to 7pm.


Phone: (08) 8946 5126


Charles Darwin National Park has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • barbecues
  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • disability access
  • picnic area.

Please remember

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • put your rubbish in the bin or take it away with you
  • drivers should stay on the main entry and exit roads
  • walkers and cyclists should stay on the marked roads and tracks
  • all cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • pets are not permitted in the park
  • nets, traps and firearms are not permitted in the park
  • use only the gas barbecues provided - light no other fires
  • camping is not permitted
  • check that your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.


You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Charles Darwin National Park by doing all of the following:

  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat and protective clothing, sunscreen and insect repellent with DEET
  • wear suitable footwear
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.

Last updated: 04 July 2016