Barranyi (North Island) National Park

Overview

 

Barranyi (North Island) National Park lies within the Sir Edward Pellew group of islands around 30km from the mouth of the McArthur River and Carrington Channel entrances (refer to marine chart AUST 305).

 

The island is the traditional home of the Yanyuwa Aboriginal people. The Park plays an important role in the preservation and protection of their culture and tradition.

 

How to get there

 

Access is by vessel only, via a 35km journey along the McArthur River and Carrington Channel to reach Gulf waters.

 

The closest launching site for vessels visiting the Park is at King Ash Bay, accessed via Borroloola along a formed gravel road.

 

When to visit

 

Sea conditions vary throughout the year. Moderate to strong southeasterly winds prevail during the Dry season making the shallow waters of the Gulf quite rough and extremely hazardous. The Wet season is dominated by northwesterly winds and both cyclones and severe wind squalls are a possibility.

 

What to see & do

 

The island has many long white sandy beaches suitable for walking and beachcombing.

 

The island's interesting mix of sea and land based birds makes it an ideal place for birdwatching. However, be careful along the water's edge, as saltwater crocodiles inhabit the area.

 

Swimming is not recommended due to the presence of crocodiles, box jelly fish and other dangerous creatures.

 

The waters around Barranyi National Park are excellent for fishing. Northern bluefin tuna, Spanish mackerel, queenfish and many of the trevally family abound for most of the year.

 

Visitor facilties

 

Drinking water and barbecue facilities are located near Paradise Bay on the Island.

 

Please remember

 

>>Pets are not permitted in the Park.
>>Generators are not allowed in this Park.
>>Nets, traps and firearms are not allowed.
>>Camp only in designated areas.
>>Take care with fire, using only designated fireplaces and use firewood sparingly.
>>Carry plenty of drinking water and a first aid kit.
>>Observe all fishing regulations.
>>Check that your boat is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.

Recreational activities

 

Recreational facilities include:

 

>>Bush Walking
>>Camping Permitted
>>Fishing
>>Walking Tracks

 

Scenic & cultural features

 

The island has a picturesque coastline with sweeping sandy beaches, small coves and sandstone cliffs. Inland from the coast, exposed sites with poor soils support plant communities dominated by low open woodland and sandplains. A small area of the island supports vine-thicket communities where you may find large fig trees.

 

Plants & animals

 

Due to its isolation and lack of feral predators, the Park is an important refuge for fauna. The island's beaches provide an important nesting site for four species of marine turtle as well as a resting point for many species of migratory birds.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Parks and Wildlife Service NT

 

 

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