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Daly River

Grab your fishing rod and camping gear and explore the thermal springs, gorges, swimming holes and barramundi hot spots all around the region.

The Daly River region is popular with lovers of the outdoors. Pack a fishing rod and your camping gear to experience its hot springs, gorges, walks, swimming holes and famous barramundi fishing.

A fishing and camping destination

Join a fishing charter from Darwin, stay at a riverside fishing lodge or hire a boat to bag the fish that is coveted by anyone who likes to cast a line – the barramundi. Each dry season there are two week-long fishing competitions held on the Daly. Enter to vie for the prize of the biggest fish and to gain an insight into the unique Territory fishing scene.

Set up camp at one the area’s many picturesque sites and you are bound to meet some of the characters this region attracts and share the day’s catch over a campfire.

Indigenous arts centre

Call in at the modern Merrepen Arts Centre at Nauiyu to watch local Aboriginal artists creating their work. Choose something to take home from the acrylic and silk paintings, screen prints, hand-printed fabric, weaving and cards on sale.

Local histories

Stop to wander around the remains of a Jesuit mission to glean something of the life of the missionaries who lived there from 1886 to 1889. At the site of a disused mine you can see abandoned machinery and the graves of four workers that dug for copper here after it was discovered in 1883.

Hot springs, waterholes and gorges

Head east to the ‘Douglas Daly’ area, where the Douglas and Daly rivers meet and create amazing natural attractions.

Have a soak in the sandy-floored Douglas Hot Springs and listen to the call of birds of the tropical woodlands.

Jump in a four-wheel drive vehicle to negotiate the track into beautiful Butterfly Gorge Nature Park, where a swimming hole is surrounded by towering paperbarks and sheer rock faces that attract large populations of butterflies.

Things to see & do at the Daly River

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  • FAQs

    Can you camp at Daly River?

    Yes, camping facilities are available but fees may apply.

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    How do you get to Daly River?

    To get to Daly River from Darwin head south along the Stuart Highway until you reach Dorat road. Follow Dorat road onto Daly River road then turn right and follow Wooliana road for 4.2km.

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    What are the best things to see/do in Daly River?

    Take a fishing tour along the Daly River which is well known for being stocked with huge barramundi and the local fishing charters will show you all the hotspots. The Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs are some of the best known springs in the Northern Territory. Experience incredible thermal hot springs or seek out a cooler pool if it’s a warm day. Merrepen Arts is a well-established art centre that feature around 20 aboriginal artists who work to create traditional art and craft pieces.

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    What is special about Daly River?

    Daly River is a part of the Douglas River and Daly River region perfect for outdoor lovers. Located 220km from Darwin, Daly River is a classic NT road trip stop with thermal springs, gorges, walking trails, incredible fishing and iconic historical venues such as the world famous Daly Water’s Pub.

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    When is the best time to visit?

    If you visit in the dry season (May to October), Days are warm and sunny and the nights are cooler. Average daily maximum range from 21C to 32C.

    If you visit during the wet season (November to April), Days are more humid with heavy rainfall, expect incredible lighting storms that are captivating to watch. Average daily maximum range from 25C to 33C.

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    Where else can you visit on your way to Daly River?

    Humpty Doo is just 38km south of Darwin, see the well-known ‘Boxing Crocodile’ or stop for a meal at the iconic ‘Humpty Doo Tavern’. Howard Springs Nature Park is just 28km South of Darwin and this is a great place to stop for a break, explore the swimming spots or have a meal. There is an abundance of wildlife to see and picnic facilities available. Along the way you will pass Adelaide River located approximately 115kms out of Darwin. The small township is a great place to stop for a meal and has the Adelaide River War Cemetery.

    Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park is 60 km from Katherine and is one of the most spectacular places in the NT, with massive park offers, sensational scenery, amazing aboriginal art and incredible swimming areas. Leliyn (Edith) Falls is not far away and this popular water hole in the Katherine region hosts camping grounds, walking trails and of course incredible places to swim. Past Pine Creek and 130 km from Katherine is the popular Tjuwaliyn/Douglas Hot Springs Park where thermal pools create an oasis for camping and swimming in the surrounding dry woodland.

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    Where is Daly River?

    Located just outside the Litchfield National Park, Daly River is approximately a 3.5-hour drive from both Darwin and Katherine.

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