Mary River National Park

Mary River National Park (proposed), Barry Skipsey / Australian Geographic
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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.

Fact file


Camp at Couzens Lookout or Shady Camp; private accommodation also available

Location and access

150 km east of Darwin via Arnhem Hwy

Park information

  • PWCNT Darwin (08) 8999 4555
  • PWCNT Wildman R (08) 8978 8986


22 900 ha

Visitor information

Darwin (08) 8980 6000


Couzen’s Lookout camping area

Take a walk by the river or stroll up to the lookout to witness spectacular Top End sunsets. You need to bring drinking water. To get here, take the Point Stuart Rd turn-off from the Arnhem Hwy then turn onto Rockhole... Find out more

Shady Camp camping area

Shady Camp is a popular fishing and crocodile-spotting place. Bring your own drinking water. The site is 45 km from the Arnhem Hwy, off Point Stuart Rd.... Find out more

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