Bynoe Harbour, Northern Territory

Bynoe Harbour is a locality in the Northern Territory of Australia located about 41 kilometres (25 mi) south-west of the territory capital of Darwin.[1][4]

Bynoe Harbour
Northern Territory
Bynoe Harbour
Coordinates12°38′01″S 130°32′12″E[1]
Population0 (2016 census)[2][lower-alpha 1]
Established4 April 2007[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
Location41 km (25 mi) SW of Darwin City
LGA(s)unincorporated area[5]
Territory electorate(s)Daly[6]
Federal Division(s)Lingiari[7]
Mean max temp[8] Mean min temp[8] Annual rainfall[8]
31.9 °C
89 °F
23.3 °C
74 °F
1,778.3 mm
70 in
Suburbs around Bynoe Harbour:
Beagle Gulf Beagle Gulf
Cox Peninsula
Cox Peninsula
Beagle Gulf Bynoe Harbour Cox Peninsula
Dundee Beach Dundee Beach
Dundee Forest
Adjoining localities[3][5]

Bynoe Harbour consists of the full extent of the natural harbour of Bynoe Harbour which extends in an easterly direction into the mainland forming one of the sides of the Cox Peninsula and which is enclosed to the west by a spit consisting of a number of islands including Quail Island at the spit's northern end. The mouth of the natural harbour opens to the north into Beagle Gulf. The locality is bounded to the north by a line running across the harbour’s mouth from Birge Point on the Cox Peninsula in the east via the northern tip of Indian Island to Quail Island in the west and bounded in the west by a line from Quail Island in the north to Point Paterson in the locality of Dundee Beach in the south. The western boundary passes on the west of the spit which includes Dum In Mirrie Island. The locality’s name derived from the natural harbour and ultimately from Benjamin Bynoe, the surgeon who served on HMS Beagle on its third voyage. Its boundaries and name were gazetted on 4 April 2007.[3][1]

The full extent of Indian Island which located within the natural harbour is occupied by a protected area called the Indian Island Conservation Area. Dum In Mirrie Island has an airfield known as the Dum In Mirrie Airstrip where an automatic weather station has been in operation since 1994.[9][10][11]

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Bynoe Harbour had no people living within its boundaries.[2]

Bynoe Harbour is located within the federal division of Lingiari, the territory electoral division of Daly and within the unincorporated areas of the Northern Territory.[7][6][5]



  1. The extent of the “state suburb” used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics only covers the islands located within the locality and not the full extent of the locality gazetted by the Northern Territory Government.[3][2]


  1. "Place Names Register Extract for Bynoe Harbour". NT Place Names Register. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bynoe Harbour (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. "Bynoe Harbour". NT Atlas and Spatial Data Directory. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. "Bynoe Harbour Postcode". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. "Localities within Un-Incorporated area (map)" (PDF). Northern Territory Government. 29 October 1997. Retrieved 5 May 2019. the Un-Incorporated area described as either 'Dundee', 'West of Coomalie Shire and Litchfield Municipality' or 'Un-incorporated area - west of Litchfield and Palmerston Municipality' on the official website
  6. "Division of Daly". Northern Territory Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. "Federal electoral division of Lingiari". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  8. "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics DUM IN MIRRIE AIRSTRIP (nearest weather station)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  9. "Indian Island in Australia". Protected Planet. United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  10. Dick Eussen (2008). Fishing and Camping Guide to Northern Territory. Australian Fishing Network. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-1-86513-151-1.
  11. "Basic Climatological Station Metadata (for DUM IN MIRRIE AIRSTRIP)" (PDF). Bureau of Meteorology. p. 1. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
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