If you’re in the Gulf region of the Northern Territory then you can’t drive past Caranbirini Conservation Reserve. It’s a must-see location with 3 walks of varying lengths. They’re all fairly short and very pleasant though so why not go nuts and do the lot!


Highlights

  • See amazing wildlife from the man-made bird hide
  • Explore 20-30m high sandstone rock formations
  • Stand on the traditional land of the Gadanji people

Hiking The Caranbirini Conservation Reserve (NT) Brayden Reid Limestone rocks

Hikes In The Caranbirini Conservation Reserve

At Caranbirini Conservation Reserve there are 3 main walks you can do:

Jagududgu Loop (5km)

We started this walk at temperatures of 30+ degrees so we just hiked up to the lookout (1km return) it has pretty good views overlooking the valley of the Gadanji people.

Caranbirini Waterhole (200m)

This is a very easy walk down to the man-made bird hide overlooking the waterhole. If you’re there at the right season you will see Brolga and Jabiru birds. The traditional owners of the land call this area Garambarini, they rely on the waterhole for an important source of food such as fish and water lilies.

Barrawulla Loop Walk  (2km)

This is a must-do! I believe this is the main walk that everyone should do. After a short walk through bushland you will be surrounded by towering sandstone of 20-30m.

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From the Jagududgu lookout I could see the massive towers of sandstone sitting above the tree line and I just wanted to run over and check it out. Being able to walk through small alleyways of sandstone and running my hands along the natural walls made it worth hiking on the particularly hot day we chose.

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Essential Gear

  • WATER, water and more water. Seriously you will need it! Bring 2 litres if possible
  • Hat — bring a wide brimmed hat as the sun does beam down pretty hard
  • Sunscreen — put a layer of sunscreen on before setting out to see the sights
  • Breathable long-sleeved clothing
  • Hiking boots — the tracks are covered in fallen debris and can be very unstable
  • Sunglasses — to match your awesome outdoor outfit or to make it easier to see where you’re going

How To Get There

Located on the Carpentaria Highway, 30 minutes south west of Borroloola, 5 hours east of Daly Waters.

Activities​

  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Photography​

Skill Level​

Beginner to intermediate — depending on which trails you choose.

Distance Covered / Elevation Gained

200m — 7km depending on which hike (or combination of hikes) you choose / 30m elevation

 


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