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Mary River National Park

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From wildlife-spotting cruises to expert fishing charters, guided birdwatching tours to independent four-wheel drive and camping adventures, the Mary River National Park is a popular inclusion in any Darwin and Top End itinerary.

Accessible year-round and just over 60 minutes drive from Darwin, the freshwater billabongs, paperbark and monsoon forests of this rich national park provide excellent opportunities for wildlife watching, fishing, bushwalking and photography. Climb the viewing platform at Shady Camp to look upstream and you are bound to spot a croc. Marvel at the birdlife from the viewing platform at the water's edge at the aptly-named Bird Billabong, or follow the walking trail to the billabong itself. Visit Mistake Billabong's viewing platform and watch life on the water unfold before you. Take a fishing charter and bag yourself one of the legendary barramundi in the Mary River. Stop at Couzens Lookout for an excellent photo opportunity of the surroundings and spectacular top end sunsets, or visit Brian Creek Monsoon Forest to see diverse monsoon jungle that contrasts strongly with the surrounding woodlands.

The Park has many opportunities and places for camping, picnicking, and walking, and facilities such as toilets, boat ramps, information and historical markers and commercial accommodation.

Cosa da fare e da vedere presso il Mary River

  • Informazioni


    • National Parks and Reserves

    Orari d’apertura

    Open daily, 24 hours. Some closures likely during the Tropical Summer, between November and April.

    Costo d’ingresso

    Ingresso gratuito


    • Barbeque
    • Carpark
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet


    • Birdwatching
    • Boating
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Four Wheel Driving
    • Walk


    Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

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  • FAQS

    Can Mary River be done as a day trip?

    Being so close to Darwin, it's certainly possible to do Mary River as a one-day adventure. There are a number of tour operators who offer single and multi-day trips from Darwin to Mary River.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Mary River?

    No permits or passes are required to visit Mary River.

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    How do I get around Mary River?

    Mary River National Park is famous for its wetlands and rivers, so a boat is the best way to see all the highlights. Another option is to take an airboating tour. There are a number of tour operators who can take you through the region.

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    How do I get to Mary River?

    Mary River National Park is a one-hour drive from Darwin along sealed roads. Leave Darwin along the Stuart Highway and turn left on to the Arnhem Highway. You might also like to choose from one of the tour options to get you there.

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    How far is Mary River from Darwin?

    Mary River is about 1.5 hours' drive east of Darwin (150 km), and a 1.5 hour drive (140 km) west of Jabiru.

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    What are the major attractions at Mary River?

    Mary River is known for its vibrant birdlife, stunning wetlands, excellent fishing and abundant wildlife. Fish, reptiles, mammals and birds live side-by-side; it's literally teeming with life. Enjoy an airboat tour, helicopter ride or 4WD adventure. Try fishing for barramundi at Corroboree Billabong and Shady Camp.

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    What should I bring with me to Mary River?

    While the Mary River is not too far from Darwin, it's important to take proper precautions. If driving, carry drinking water, a first-aid kit and make sure the petrol tank is full. Sun protection, insect repellant, and appropriate footwear are essential. Fishing gear is a must for anyone keen on snagging a few barramundi, and avid birdwatchers should bring a pair of binoculars.

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    When is the best time to visit Mary River?

    Mary River is in the middle of the Top End, so you'll find May to October when the weather is dry and warm is the best time to get full access. There's nothing like experiencing the luscious wetlands from November to April. The 'run-off' from February to April is the peak season and the best time to reel in some barramundi. Tours and accommodation are available all year round.

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    Where should I go next from Mary River?

    Mary River is the gateway to Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land. If you've come from Darwin head on to see Jabiru, Gunlom, Jim Jim Falls, Yellow Water, the Ubirr Rock Art Site and other stunning attractions in Kakadu National Park. Arnhem Land is also accessible from the Mary River region but you will need a permit to enter the area.

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