Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve

At Shoal Bay you can spot a rainbow pitta, orange-footed scrubfowl, jabiru or brolga.

It is open during the Dry Season only.

When Wet Season waters start to recede, you can see these birds mostly at drying marshes and swamps in the reserve.

Shoal Bay also protects large areas that are culturally significant for the Larrakia people.

There are 1,000 year old shell middens on higher ground near the swamps.

Hunters can also try their luck here for magpie geese and approved duck species over the course of the designated hunting season.

You need a permit to hunt magpie geese and water fowl.


For more information about site access, phone 08 8983 1001.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve Open   -

The reserve is located east of Darwin, off Gunn Point Road.

You can do all of the following activities at this reserve:

  • birdwatching
  • wildlife watching
  • hunting
  • fishing.

When visiting the park remember all of the following:

  • take your rubbish with you
  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • pets are only permitted on the Reserve under a valid Hunting permit
  • nets and traps are not permitted
  • take care with fire and only light fires in fireplaces provided
  • follow fishing laws
  • check your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve by doing all of the following:

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

Last updated: 27 May 2022

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