20 Cobourg Peninsula
Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is around 570km (by road) north-east of Darwin and is accessible only by 4WD. It’s impassable during the wet season, November-April. Bring all your own food, unless you count on catching some fish (which practically jump onto your hook!).
It’s a place of pristine beaches, carpeted in seashells, where turtles come up to lay their eggs and the world’s largest remaining herd of banteng (wild cattle) roam in the monsoon forests behind the high-tide mark. Even better, only 20 permits to enter the park are issued at any one time, so you know you’ve got the place pretty much to yourself. Forget about swimming though, this is saltwater crocodile country.
You’ll need a permit to travel through Arnhem Land and camp at the park. To find out more, call (08) 8999 4814, or visitwww.northernterritory.com.