Mary River National Park
Mary River National Park protects a part of the Mary River catchment that includes the river, ﬂood plains, billabongs, paperbark forests, swamps and rainforest. Birds and crocodiles are proliﬁc, and that wonderful ﬁghting ﬁsh, the barramundi, is a magnet for anglers. Corroboree billabong and Shady Camp are considered two of the Top End’s best ﬁshing spots. Both have boat launching facilities and obvious warning signs about not cleaning ﬁsh in the vicinity of crocodiles. Many people ﬁsh from the barrage at Shady Camp but the hazards are its fast-ﬂowing water and crocodiles.
Rockhole is a popular place to launch a boat to explore the waterways while Couzens Lookout offers stunning views over a lily-studded billabong. There are several walks including a walk through Brian Creek monsoon forest which is cool and shady under a dense canopy of species that include ancient banyan trees and liana vines. Hardies Track provides 4WD access to the fertile heart of the park and its wildlife. The track is well deﬁned, signposted and marked with blue arrows. It has two entrances, one 500 metres before Mary River Billabong and the other off the Rockhole road. It is only open in the dry season (May to October) and when conditions permit. During the wet season, sections of the track are ﬂooded with more than a metre of water.
Camp at Couzens Lookout or Shady Camp; private accommodation also available
Location and access
150 km east of Darwin via Arnhem Hwy
- PWCNT Darwin (08) 8999 4555
- PWCNT Wildman R (08) 8978 8986
22 900 ha
Darwin (08) 8980 6000
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