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 II 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 II 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 PDF (972.4 KB).

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For more information about site access, phone 08 8946 5126.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Charles Darwin National ParkOpenGates are locked at 7pm each day. -
Mountain Bike Trails Open  -

Daily from 8am to 7pm.

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.

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

Charles Darwin National Park has all of the following facilities:

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

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 only permitted on sealed roads and carparks (not in the picnic area or on mountain bike trails)
  • 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
  • drones are not permitted.

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: 09 July 2020

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