Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss
Dripstone Cliffs Ready For A New Years Day Picnic
Victor P Taffa
Dripstone Cliffs, one of the most visited areas in Casuarina Coastal Reserve has a new landscaped picnic area for families and visitors to the Top End to enjoy.
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the works to revitalise the Dripstone Cliffs were part of the $10.68 Million Casuarina Coastal Reserve Experience Development Plan that considered future recreational needs and visitor numbers.
“Casuarina Coastal Reserve is a beach and bushland escape right in the heart of Darwin’s northern suburbs where visitors walk, cycle, picnic and enjoy the Territory’s beautiful sunsets.” Ms. Moss said.
“Investing in new facilities and upgrading existing facilities throughout the Reserve provides visitors and residents with exceptional recreational experiences.”
“The Casuarina Coastal Reserve is the Territory’s most popular park/reserve with approximately 900,000 visits each year. Now there is even more to see, do and experience for individuals and families of all ages.”
Works at Dripstone Cliffs to create the new picnic area include;
- Moving and constructing a sealed carpark away from the cliff edge to provide new landscaped areas for visitors.
- Installation of two Troppo Architect designed picnic shelters.
- New picnic tables, barbecues, drinking water and lighting.
- Public art featuring a two metre bronze cast mother and baby dugong created by local Darwin artist Aly De Groot in collaboration with Larrakia artist and elder Bilawara Lee.
With approximately 1,500 ha of coastal habitats between the estuaries of Rapid Creek and Buffalo Creek, Casuarina Coastal Reserve incorporates Casuarina Beach, Dripstone Picnic Area, Dripstone Cliffs, Lee Point and Buffalo Creek.
Other completed works throughout the Reserve that are part of the $10.68 Million Experience Development Plan include;
- Installation of three Troppo Architect designed picnic shelters including a large community shelter and new toilet facilities at Dripstone Park.
- Upgraded picnic facilities at Lee Point including a companion public art sculpture by Aly De Groot in collaboration with Bilawara Lee. This art work features five shore birds cast from bronze and represent the sandpipers found at Lee Point. Both public art sculptures at Casuarina Coastal Reserve represent the way human activities interconnect with the environment
- A new bird hide for bird watchers located along the new shared walking/cycle path from Lee Point to Buffalo Creek.
- Upgrade of existing paths and new paths and tracks across the reserve, including Mountain Bike trails.
- Expanded formal car parking at Buffalo Creek, and new lighting at both Buffalo Creek and the Free Beach carpark.
A new picnic area and public toilet facilities at Rapid Creek is expected to open in early 2017.