Cobourg Peninsula

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Cobourg Peninsula
Coburg l5 2006211.jpg
Satellite image of the Cobourg Peninsula
with Croker Island
Geographical location
Cobourg Peninsula (Northern Territory)
Cobourg Peninsula
Coordinates 11 ° 22 ′  S , 132 ° 18 ′  E Coordinates: 11 ° 22 ′  S , 132 ° 18 ′  E
Waters 1 Arafura lake
Waters 2 Van Diemen Golf , Dundas Strait
length 100 km
width 38 km
surface 2 100  km²
Van Diemen Gulf Australia.svg
Map with the Cobourg Peninsula

The Cobourg Peninsula is a peninsula 350 kilometers east of Darwin in the Northern Territory in Australia . It is well structured with small and large bays. Their area is 2100 square kilometers. It is sparsely populated. Their population is between 20 and 30 and is spread over five family outstations :

  • Araru Point (Araru)
  • Ardbinae (Adbanae, Trepang Bay)
  • Gumuragi (Gumeragi, Reef Point)
  • Meriah (Mariah, Raffles Bay)
  • Irgul (Irgul Point)
  • Gul Gul (Danger Point) (abandoned, ruin)

Further facilities are the Cape Don Light lighthouse in the far west and the nearby Cape Don Airport ( ICAO code YCPD, grass, runway 1800 m, opened on November 8, 1989), the Algarlalgari ranger station (Black Point) and the campsite Ngardimardi (Smith Point).

In 1838 the settlement of Port Essington was laid out on Cobourg Peninsula , but it was abandoned again in 1849. The Bowen Strait separates the peninsula in the east of the Croker Iceland . To the west it is separated from Melville Island by the Dundas Strait .

Phillip Parker King named the peninsula on May 1, 1818 in honor of "His Royal Highness, Leopold von Sachsen-Coburg", an uncle of Queen Victoria , who in 1831 was promoted as Leopold I to the first King of the Belgians because of his good genes . King's spelling Cobourg is probably based on the French and was never adapted to the usual English spelling, especially since it was widespread.

The Cobourg Peninsula is part of the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park , which also includes some coastal islands. It is known as a tourist attraction for its pristine wilderness.

Web links

Commons : Cobourg Peninsula  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Cobourg Peninsula , NT Place Names Register (Extract)