Picnic and barbecue among shady trees at the site of Darwin's first reliable water supply, then go for a fish or water-ski.

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Built in 1942, Manton Dam was Darwin's first reliable water supply. Today the dam is a pleasant destination for an easy daytrip from Darwin, 70 kilometres south, and a popular recreation spot that is accessible year-round.

Manton Dam is a water sport enthusiast's paradise. Bring a powerboat and water skis and enjoy yourself in the powerboat and water ski zone. Please ensure you read the bylaws displayed at the boat ramp and ski beach. Canoeists, windsurfers and low-speed boaties can take an easier pace in the low speed zone. Pack a picnic and make the most of the day - there are tables and barbecues in shady spots (BYO wood from outside the park). Bring your fishing rod and try your luck - if it's a while between bites there are plenty of ducks and other wader species to spot while you enjoy a relaxing pause on the bank. Alongside the water species, birdwatchers will also be able to see many Eucalypt woodland birds, as this habitat is part of the shoreline in many places. Reptiles and mammals have also been recorded in this area and form a large part of the fauna list for the Dam and its environs.

Opening times:
Open on Mon from 09:00 to 17:00

Open on Tue from 09:00 to 17:00

Open on Wed from 09:00 to 17:00

Open on Thu from 09:00 to 17:00

Open on Fri from 09:00 to 17:00

Open on Sat from 08:00 to 19:00

Open on Sun from 08:00 to 19:00
Entry cost:
Free entry
  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Boating Facilities