Campground bookings for Channel Point Coastal Reserve
You are required to have a permit to visit Channel Point Coastal Reserve, even if you don't plan to stay overnight.
Access to the reserve is seasonal - it is usually open from May to November. Access to the reserve outside these months is subject to weather and road conditions. Check road conditions before you travel.
How to get to Channel Point
You can visit Channel Point by road or boat.
Channel Point Coastal Reserve is about 240km southwest of Darwin.
By road you can travel to the reserve via Litchfield National Park either along the sealed roads from the town of Batchelor or via Cox Peninsula road and the unsealed part of the Litchfield Park road.
Once you are in Litchfield National Park, turn west off the sealed Park Road just north of Wangi Falls and travel 67km along the Marindja, Labelle/Twin Hills, unsealed road to Channel Point Coastal Reserve. Seasonal road closures do occur.
Before you apply
Before applying for a permit, make sure you understand all the rules and guidelines for safety, comfort and permits in parks and reserves.
Before you visit the Channel Point Coastal Reserve make sure you are 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 reserve only one visit at a time
- you can stay from one night to five nights only
- you can make a reservation only three months in advance of the month you wish to visit
- a permit allows direct access to, from, and into the reserve only
- you must return from a visit to Channel Point Coastal 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 activities .
This permit does not allow commercial photography or filming.
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.
How to apply
If you plan to visit Channel Point to camp, take the following steps:
Step 1. Contact the permits office to find out about availability and access.
Step 2. Fill in the visit Channel Point Coastal Reserve application form with the available dates provided to you by the permits office:
Step 3. Submit your form to the permits office in Millner and pay your application fee.
After you apply
If you have booked online you will receive an email confirmation (permit) once you have completed your booking.
If you are booking outside the season, a staff member will confirm your booking via email or phone.
Access key and deposit
Before you depart, make sure you collect the access key from either Parks and Wildlife offices at Millner or Katherine.
Keys can be collected during business hours and you should try to collect them at least one day before you depart for the reserve.
To collect the keys, bring your booking confirmation - either email confirmation or your permit issued by Parks and Wildlife staff - and the $250 key deposit to the office.
The deposit can be paid by credit card or cash.
The deposit will be refunded when you return the key to the Millner or Katherine Parks and Wildlife office.
You must return the key within three days of the expiry date of your permit.
You will not get your key deposit back and you may not use the reserve again if you do any of the following:
- return the key late
- do not return the key
- leave the key at the reserve
- damage the key
- do not return the key to the same place you picked it up.
Camping fees for one night at the reserve are as follows:
- adults - $6.60
- child (aged five to 15 years) - $3.30.
Rules for the reserve
You and anyone in your group must follow the rules below when visiting Channel Point Coastal Reserve.
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 are 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 must turn it off between 10pm and 6am.
Rules for vehicles, boats and fishing
You should follow these rules when you're 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
- do not 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 is 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
- 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 camping sites for cars pulling 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, phone (08) 8976 0011.
You can contact emergency services by any of the following:
- with a satellite phone
- via marine VHF channel 16
- via rangers using the emergency call device in the boat ramp car park.
Last updated: 21 September 2020
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