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Rapid Creek separates the suburb of Rapid Creek from the Dripstone Caves, with a 100 m long footbridge across the creek linking the two. Between the creek and the caves is a 1.2 km long northwest-facing beach (NT 145). The beach has a continuous high tide beach, fronted at the western end by the 1.5 km wide creek tidal shoals, which narrow to 1 km in the east. The beach is backed by a 5-10 m high grassy foredune, then a large gravel car park, and further back the Casuarina campus of the Northern Territory University. The caves are located at the base of 10 m high weathered sandstone bluffs which form the eastern boundary of the beach.
Beach Length: 0.001km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area



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