Blue Winged Kookaburra, Tourism NT

Population 485

Noonamah is a tiny town outside Darwin at the centre of numerous parks and reserves. It is a great base from which to experience wildlife, native bushland and safe swimming spots (something of a rarity, considering the Northern Territory's crocodile population).

Visitor Information

Noonamah Tavern, Stuart Hwy; (08) 8988 1054.

Nearby national parks

  • Litchfield National Park

    Litchfield National Park is a gem of a park, encompassing diverse landscapes that take in most Top End habitats. Spring-fed waterfalls flow...more

  • 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,...more

  • Kakadu National Park

    World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a landscape of unsurpassed beauty, with world-renowned wetlands attracting extraordinary...more

Nearby towns

  • Batchelor

    Batchelor was initially established as an experimental farming region to assess the economic viability of the Northern Territory. During WW...more

  • Adelaide River

    Adelaide River is a small town located midway between Darwin and Pine Creek.  A settlement was established here as a base for...more

  • Pine Creek

    The town was named Pine Creek by Overland Telegraph workers because of the prolific pine trees growing along the banks of the tiny...more


Territory Wildlife Park This 400 ha bushland park provides an easy way to view native animals in their natural habitat.

Didgeridoo Hut: see Aboriginal craftspeople make didgeridoos and weave baskets and dilly bags. Works are for sale in the gallery and there is an emu farm on-site; 8 km N.

Lakes Resort: great facilities for watersports including waterski and jetski hire; accommodation available; 10 km SW.

Berry Springs Nature Park: safe swimming in spring-fed pools in a monsoon forest with pleasant walking trails and picnic areas; 13 km SW (next to Territory Wildlife Park).

Jenny's Orchid Garden: huge and colourful collection of tropical orchids, many on sale in the nursery; 22 km NW.

Howard Springs Nature Park: swim in the freshwater springs and see barramundi and turtles, or relax with a picnic in the shade by the children's pool; 23 km NW.

Manton Dam: safe swimming, fishing, watersports and shady picnic spots; 25 km S.

Fogg Dam: built in the 1950s to provide irrigation to the Humpty Doo Rice Project. Read More

Window on the Wetlands: interpretive centre offering insight into the Top End's fascinating wetland environments.

Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruises: see crocodiles jump out of the water with the lure of food; several tours daily; (08) 8988 8144; 41 km NE (next to wetlands centre).

Fishing: excellent barramundi fishing at Mary River Crossing (45 km E of Fogg Dam turn-off); several 4WD tracks lead north from here to prime fishing spots in Mary River National Park such as Corroboree Billabong (houseboat hire available).

Fishing spots near town

Manton Dam 25 km

Queensland has received a lot of publicity about stocking lakes with barramundi, but since the mid- 1990s NT Fisheries has been doing similar work. More than 100 000 barramundi have been put into Manton Dam, a... Find out more

Shady Camp 73 km

This barrage separates fresh and salt water and is a famous fishing spot. It consists of a free camping area with a reasonably clean toilet block. There is no worry about dogs and cats getting into rubbish bins: the... Find out more

Tommycut Graveyard 76 km

After seeing so many healthy wetlands in the Territory, Tommycut Graveyard is a shock to the system. In the 1970s this was a thriving freshwater wetland system similar to Kakadu. However, it was all but destroyed by... Find out more

South Gutter 80 km

Returning from a barramundi fishing trip in the wilds of Arnhem Land to a reef-fishing session offshore from Darwin is like comparing apples with oranges. Seeing big barra exploding from the water in a mass of spray is... Find out more

Chambers Bay 86 km

The Mary River system is about three hours’ drive east of Darwin. The Mary River breaks up into a system of billabongs and creeks that would be called rivers in southern Australia. Two of the largest waterways are... Find out more

Swim Creek 89 km

After a long, hot day fishing for barramundi, the bar and dining area at Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge, just north of Mary River National Park, is a magnet for anglers. Thirsts are quenched, meals eaten and fish tales... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve 32 km

This incredible site 70 kilometres east of Darwin is believed to have the highest known biomass of predators and prey of any ecosystem on earth, and is teeming with water pythons and their primary food of choice, dusky... Find out more

Cycling around Darwin 33 km

Although the humidity might prevent you from wanting to do any exercise at all, the advantage of cycling is that you get a cool breeze as you go, and Darwin is relatively flat. Join a relaxing, guided three-hour cycle... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Saffron 33 km

This Indian restaurant in Parap uses biodegradable plates and bowls made from sugarcane fibres, and buys nearly all ingredients locally.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Howard Springs Holiday Park 16 km

With Howard Springs National Park just up the road and extensive facilities on site, this 6 ha Big4 caravan park is ideal for a relaxing stay in Darwin. It has 3 saltwater pools, 3 spas, squash courts, a TV room, games... Find out more

Hidden Valley Tourist Park 28 km

Only 10 km south of Darwin and off the Stuart Hwy, this quiet park has powered sites – ensuite bathrooms available – as well as unpowered sites. The park has a cafe, swimming pool, BBQs and... Find out more

Leaders Creek Fishing Base 40 km

The name says it all. On Leaders Creek, 40 km north of Howard Springs along Gunn Point Rd, this is an ideal base for anglers as they fish 15 km of sheltered waterways, the mouth of the Adelaide River, or Vernons,... Find out more

Florence Falls 4WD camping area 60 km

This 4WD campsite is 1 km up the road from the area for 2WD vehicles. To reach it take the signposted turn-off, 42 km south-west of Batchelor. Note: you can swim in nearby waterways, but observe crocodile warning signs.... Find out more

Florence Falls 2WD camping area 60 km

Florence Falls is accessible down 160 steps or along Shady Creek Walk, about 1 km. At the bottom of the gorge there is a magnificent plunge pool and waterfall. Camping for 2WD vehicles is 4.5 km off Litchfield Park Rd,... Find out more

Buley Rockhole camping area 61 km

Swim in the pools and cascades that tumble down the rocks. To get here, take the signposted turn-off from Litchfield Park Rd, 42 km south-west of Batchelor towards Florence Falls, and follow it for 2.5 km.... Find out more

Walker Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 64 km

Suitable only for tents, this walk-in camping area has just 6 sites along Walker Creek. Stroll along the creek to reach a quiet swimming hole. Bring drinking water. It’s just off Litchfield Park Rd, 82 km west of... Find out more

Couzen’s Lookout camping area 65 km

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

Adelaide River Show Society Caravan Park 67 km

About 500 m off the Stuart Hwy and within an easy drive of Litchfield, this park is dog- and horse-friendly. It's a good stop-off on the way back from the Douglas Daly region. Note: no generators.... Find out more

Wangi Falls camping area 72 km

At Wangi Falls multiple waterfalls cascade down the escarpment. There is a beautiful swimming hole, boardwalk lookouts and a ridgetop walk. Swimming is only possible during the Dry (observe crocodile warnings) but... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Coolalinga Caravan Park 13 km

On the outskirts of Darwin, this is a very convenient park, especially if you are travelling with your dog. Hidden from view behind a service station, it adjoins a shopping precinct and is within easy walking distance of... Find out more

Big4 Howard Springs Holiday Park 16 km

The popular park is 23 km from central Darwin, in a quiet position off the main highway. It is close to Palmerston shopping centre and is an easy drive into Darwin. The park is a popular tourist destination and a good... Find out more

Darwin FreeSpirit Resort 22 km

Located on the Stuart Highway 19 km from Darwin, this is a large park with good facilities and a quality licensed restaurant. We find it a good base for exploring Darwin and the surrounding areas. We also had less... Find out more

Hidden Valley Tourist Park 28 km

Easily accessible from the Stuart Highway, this is a good quality park about 7 km from Darwin. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Koa and Malak Caravan Parks 32 km

This is located about 12 km from central Darwin, 5 km from Darwin’s largest shopping plaza, Casuarina Square, and adjacent to Darwin Golf Course. It is a huge park with 327 ensuite sites (no tent sites). On... Find out more

Litchfield Tourist Park 45 km

Located west of Batchelor on the road to Litchfield National Park, this is a very convenient park for those exploring the area. The park has a restaurant and good facilities.... Find out more

Big 4 Batchelor Holiday Park 45 km

The park is 500 metres from the Batchelor town centre and a good base from which to explore nearby Litchfield National Park. The park has good facilities including a hotel and fuel station, and a minigolf course.... Find out more

Mount Bundy Station 66 km

This is a unique riverfront farmstay camping area, 3 km from Adelaide River, with basic but good amenities. This is a working station. The camping area is grassy and well shaded.... Find out more

The Bark Hut Inn 72 km

This popular, convenient tourist complex is roughly midway between Jabiru and Darwin’s suburbs. Pets may be allowed on application.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bamurru Plains

One of the Top End’s best destinations, this luxury bush accommodation is two and a half hours east of Darwin on the Mary River floodplains. Set in one of the most magnificent natural landscapes in the world, the... Find out more

Eden at Fogg Dam

Fogg Dam is one of the most diverse areas for wildlife in the Top End. Off the Arnhem Highway, 65 kilometres from Darwin, this property is a certified organic tropical fruit farm that produces much of the food available... Find out more

Mary River Houseboats

On Corroboree Billabong, off the Arnhem Highway and an hour from Darwin, these houseboats are a great way to spend time in a Top End wilderness. The flat-bottomed vessels are easy to drive and navigate, and make the... Find out more

Mary River Park

An hour from Darwin on the Arnhem Highway, this park has comfortable one- and two-bedroom cabins in a tranquil setting. The park is beautifully situated high on a bank of the Mary River, one of the Top End’s most... Find out more

Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge

Two hours’ drive east of Darwin, this lodge has a range of accommodation, ranging from budget to deluxe rooms. The lodge is a short distance from Shady Camp, one of the best barramundi fishing spots in Australia.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Darwin Central 32 km

One of the first things you may notice about Darwin Central in comparison to other nearby hotels is its surprisingly small windows – part of its energy-efficient design. It was recently declared one of... Find out more

Feathers Sanctuary 35 km

The owners of this quiet B&B, 10 minutes drive from the centre of town, are wildlife carers and often have injured birds such as jabirus on site. Their dug-out lagoon is also home to a wide range of birds, including... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Manton River rest area 23 km

47km N of Adelaide River (L) or 66km S of Darwin (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few shady trees.

Wetlands rest area 26 km

191km W of Jabiru (L) or 24km E of Stuart Hwy (R)

Just off the highway overlooking the wetlands.

Coomalie Creek park area 43 km

25km N of Adelaide River (R) or 88km S of Darwin (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Mary River park area 69 km

141km W of Jabiru (L) or 74km E of Stuart Hwy (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the west side of the river.

Bridge Creek rest area 88 km

23km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 34km S of Adelaide River (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

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