Raffles Bay

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Frontispiece from Vol.1 of Phillip Parker King's 1827 Narrative of a survey of the intertropical and western coasts of Australia of a view of Raffles Bay, with Croker Island in the distance
Location of Raffles Bay and Fort Wellington

Raffles Bay is a bay on the northern coast of the Cobourg Peninsula of the Top End of the Northern Territory of Australia. It was named in 1818 by explorer Phillip Parker King after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. It is about 10 km long north to south, 5 km wide at its mouth and 3 km wide at its inland end. It lies about 210 km north-east of Darwin and opens on to the northern end of Bowen Strait, between the Cobourg Peninsula and Croker Island, and the Arafura Sea. It was the site of an abortive attempt to establish the British military outpost and settlement of Fort Wellington, which lasted only two years - 1827 to 1829. The surrounds of the bay are largely uninhabited; it now lies within the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raffles Bay". The Age. 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 

Coordinates: 11°16′S 132°23′E / 11.267°S 132.383°E / -11.267; 132.383