"Gardangal (Field Island)" Field Island by 1+1

Field Island Travel Guide: 8 reviews and 8 photos

Field Island is a low tropical island off the mouth of the South Alligator River in VanDieman Gulf, Northern Territory. The highest point is only a few metres above water level at high tide, but increases to about 10 metres at low tide. This large vertical tidal movement of about 7 metres exposes reefs and sand bars around the island and can be a trap for people in small boats.

The island is part of Kakadu National Park but is rarely visited, even by fishermen. Most of the shoreline is fringed by mangrove forests and the western side is generally a tidally inundated network of creeks with continuous mangrove forest. This makes it an important feeding area for marine life. The surrounding reefs also form part of this feeding ground, for larger species especially Green Turtles.


Flat-backed Turtle scurrying back to the water after laying eggs on the island.


Only a small part of the shoreline, on the eastern fringe, is actually a sandy beach and this is an important nesting ground for Flat-backed Turtles. This is also the easiest landing spot for the island and thus threatens the turtle nesting area.

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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    What a great page & a very helpful tip on how to safely watch a turtle laying eggs at night!! I know what you are saying about tides, coming from the 16.5-m range of the Bay of Fundy! Wish I'd been able to see more of North Aussie while in PNG years ago.

  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2009 at 3:42 AM

    What big eyes you have! I love your profile pic. and Hi from South Africa.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2005 at 9:16 PM

    Hey Zig. Hey the view looks lovely, but I'm not quite sure if I would stay there - need fresh water for my cuppa haha. Cheers, Ann :o)

  • mariev's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2005 at 1:22 AM

    Superb photos ! Nice to know that such preserved places still exist (nearly unbelievable for us Europeans) - Thanks for the virtual visit

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2005 at 5:03 AM

    This looks superb. No facilities, no tourists, perfect!!!


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