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Bark hut to cooinda - time required?

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Bark hut to cooinda - time required?

Hello, We will be driving from Darwin to Cooinda at the end of May with a 4WD and wonder about the time required to drive from Bark Hut to Cooinda via Old Jim Jim Road. I have seen it said that the total time is about the same as driving around the top, Eastwards via Arnhem Hwy to Jabiru and then SW via Kakadu Hwy. Does anyone have experience of this?

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1. Re: Bark hut to cooinda - time required?

The road from Bark Hut to Cooinda was the original road to Arnhem Land and to bypass the low lying swampy land and the wide river crossings it takes a big curve to the south. It is gravel all the way until you cross the South Alligator River. The first section to the Army Training grounds is very good gravel as it has been upgraded to take tank transporters and you may meet large vehicles on this section. It then becomes narrower and it follows the contours of the land so it would take just as long as using the sealed Arnhem Highway even though the latter is longer as you have to loop back to Cooinda.

By May the road may not be open if the ford across the South Alligator is too deep. Check the NT road reports nearer your travel time.

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