Campground bookings for Channel Point Coastal Reserve

To visit Channel Point Coastal Reserve, you must have a permit even if you don't stay overnight.

Due to seasonal changes, you can usually only access the reserve from May to November.

Access outside these months is subject to weather so you should check road conditions before you travel.

How to get there

You can visit by road or boat.

The reserve is about 240km southwest of Darwin.

By road, you can travel to the reserve via Litchfield National Park:

  • using the sealed roads from the town of Batchelor or
  • via Cox Peninsula road and the unsealed part of the Litchfield Park road.

Once you're in Litchfield National Park, turn west off the sealed Park Road just north of Wangi Falls.

You must then travel 67km along the Marindja, Labelle/Twin Hills, unsealed road to Channel Point Coastal Reserve.

Seasonal road closures do occur.


Before applying for a permit, make sure you understand all the rules and guidelines for safety, comfort and permits in parks and reserves.

Permit rules

Before you visit, you must make sure you're aware of the following conditions:

  • no more than 10 vehicles or 50 people (whichever comes first) can visit the reserve at once - there are 10 campsites with each site suitable for five people (adults and children)
  • you can only reserve one visit at a time
  • you can only stay up to five nights
  • you can make a reservation only three months in advance of the month you wish to visit
  • a permit only allows direct access to, from, and into the reserve
  • you must return from a visit to the reserve before you can book another trip.

If your group is from a club, association, school group or non-profit organisation, you must have 'all risks' public liability insurance of more than $10 million.

Activities that are not allowed

This permit does not allow commercial:

Aboriginal land rules

You must not enter Aboriginal land, or waters over Aboriginal land including the Bulgul Community and Peron Islands without a Northern Land Council permit.

There is a penalty of $1,000 if you break this rule.

If you plan to camp at the reserve, you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Contact the permits office to find out about availability and access.

Step 2. Fill in the below application with the available dates provided to you by the permits office:

Channel Point Coastal Reserve application PDF (505.9 KB)

Channel Point Coastal Reserve application DOCX (183.2 KB)

Step 3. Submit your application to the permits office in Millner and pay your application fee.

After you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by a staff member by email or phone to:

  • confirm your booking or
  • let you know of any issues eg. booked out.

Collecting access key and deposit

Before you travel, you must make sure you collect your permit and access key from the Parks and Wildlife offices in Milner or Katherine.

You can only collect the access key during business hours. You must do this one day before the date on your permit.

To collect the keys, bring your photo ID and the $250 key deposit to your local office.

The deposit can be paid by credit card or cash.

Returning access key and deposit

You must return the key within three days of the expiry date of your permit.

You won't get your key deposit back and you may not use the reserve again if you:

  • return the key late
  • don't return the key
  • leave the key at the reserve
  • damage the key
  • don't return the key to the same place you picked it up.

This is a category A campground and camping fees apply:

  • $10 per adult
  • $5 per child (5 to 17 years)
  • $25 per family (2 adults and 4 children).

You and anyone in your group must follow the rules below when visiting the reserve.

Camping rules

When visiting the reserve, remember these camping rules:

  • move into a campsite after noon on the day you arrive
  • move out of your campsite before noon on the day you're leaving
  • small camp fires are only allowed in designated fireplaces in the picnic site
  • you must not have a camp fire at your campsite
  • use your own gas stove for cooking at your campsite
  • use a torch when walking at night as there is a cliff edge close to the campground
  • you can run a generator but you must turn it off between 10pm and 6am.

Rules for vehicles, boats and fishing

You should follow these rules when you are entering the reserve, in the reserve and leaving the reserve:

  • before you enter, clean your vehicle to prevent the spread of weeds or cane toads
  • your vehicle must be well maintained and equipped
  • motorbikes, trail bikes, quad bikes and similar vehicles are not allowed
  • don't bury fish waste but return it to deep waters or take it away.

There is a hard surface boat ramp but you usually need a tide over 3.5m to launch safely.

Local tides are 20-30 minutes earlier than Darwin tides with a range of 8m.

Leave all gates outside the reserve as you found them. If a gate is open when you come to it, leave it open. If it's closed, close it behind you.

Lock the main gate to the reserve behind you.

What you cannot bring

You must not bring any of the following into the park:

  • pets including dogs - guide dogs are allowed
  • firearms or ammunition
  • explosives
  • hunting bows or crossbows
  • any weapon
  • animal poison or bait
  • nets, traps and firearms - crab pots, cast nets and hand spears are allowed.

The camping area is on the beach cliffs, 500 metres from the boat ramp.

There are 10 unpowered drive-through camping sites for vehicles towing boat trailers.

Toilets and showers are near the campground.

There is a bore water tap at the boat ramp.

Use water sparingly and turn the tap off after use.

Rangers patrol the area but are not stationed at the reserve.

The nearest health centre is 145km away at Batchelor. You contact them by calling 08 8976 0011.

You can also contact emergency services:

  • with a satellite phone
  • via marine VHF channel 16
  • via rangers using the emergency call device in the boat ramp car park.

Last updated: 01 July 2021

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