Skip to main content

Hi there, would you like to view this page on our USA site?

Yes, switch sites
Lily pads at Shady Camp
Lily Pads at Shady Camp
Lily pads at Shady Camp

Shady Camp

Shady Camp is a popular spot for anglers setting off onto the lower reaches of the Mary River.

Located in Mary River National Park, the famous Shady Camp is located approximately 200km from Darwin and takes around 2 hours travelling by road when towing a boat or approximately 1 hour 40 minutes by car (4WD only during the Wet). This picturesque area is surrounded by freshwater billabongs, paperbark and monsoon forests.

Most NT rivers average five crocodiles per kilometre, but in the Mary River that number climbs to nearly 15 saltwater crocodiles per kilometre. Access the viewing platform at Shady Camp to look across the Mary River floodplain and you are bound to spot a croc, as well as some of the areas other abundant wildlife.

Take a fishing expedition during the 'run-off' between March and April each year, when the Mary River is teeming with the legendary barramundi. Remember to Be Crocwise whether fishing from your boat or the riverbank.

Birdwatchers can observe species from different habitats due to a barrage, which helps prevent tidal saltwater entering the freshwater wetlands upstream.

Camping must be booked online prior to your visit. Shady Camp is well equipped with boat ramps, picnic areas and toilets.

Entry cost

  • Indicative Prices tickets from $10.00 to $60.00
    Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt). Camping fees apply to all visitors.
  • Child tickets from $5.00 to $30.00
    Park entry fees - Parks Pass applies. (NT residents exempt). Camping fees apply to all visitors.


  • Barbeque
  • Boating Facilities
  • Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites
  • Carpark
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet


  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing


Disabled access available, contact operator for details.


What’s nearby

What’s nearby

Explore the NT
Driving routes Flight paths

Holiday Deals

Take advantage of these travel deals to help your holiday dollars go further in the NT.



Sign up to receive the latest news, deals and travel information about the Northern Territory. Data privacy