Daly Waters

Daly Waters Pub, Tourism NT

Population 20

This tiny town has a significant amount of history. Explorer John McDouall Stuart stopped here during his north–south journey across Australia and carved an S on a nearby tree. Ten years later the Overland Telegraph Line came through. The famous Daly Waters Pub was a supply point for drovers. Today it is a major tourist attraction and part of the historic Stuart Trail. Amazingly the town also boasts Australia's first international airport and the Larkin Hangar can be explored along the heritage trail.

Visitor Information

Daly Waters Pub, Stuart St; (08) 8975 9927


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In Town

Daly Waters Pub Known as one of the great authentic Australian pubs with characters to match. Read More.


Daly Waters Aviation Complex: display on local aviation in the oldest hangar in the NT (1930). Key available from Daly Waters Pub; off Stuart Hwy; 1km NE.

Tree: marked with an 'S', reputedly by explorer John McDouall Stuart; 1km N.

Dunmarra: roadhouse and accommodation; 44km S.

Historic marker: commemorates the joining of north and south sections of the Overland Telegraph Line; 79km S.

Larrimah: remains of historic WW II building at Gorrie Airfield, and museum with relics of WW II and the local transport industry; 92km N.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Daly Waters Historic Pub

As the oldest pub in the Northern Territory, Daly Waters Historic Pub has perfected the art of Aussie outback hospitality. Award-winning food, including freshly caught wild barramundi, homemade burgers and premium beef... Find out more

Campsites around town

Daly Waters Historic Pub

Established in 1930, the Daly Waters Pub is a local institution, built to service the drovers and settlers in the area. Visitors to the Territory flock here during the dry season, but bookings are not taken so... Find out more

Daly Waters Hi-way Inn 8 km

The convenience of the location and the pool are the key attractions at this site. It’s also a convenient stop for those heading out on the Savannah Way for fishing or camping trips. You can pay a small fee to use... Find out more

Dunmarra Wayside Inn 47 km

It’s a bit of a wildlife experience when you stay at Dunmarra Wayside Inn, conveniently situated halfway between Katherine and Tennant Creek. On the Stuart Hwy, 8 km south of the Buchanan Hwy intersection, the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Daly Waters Historic Pub

This is an enormously popular stop where the adjoining historic pub provides its famous beef and barra barbecue every night between April and September. The caravan park is little more than a grassy paddock and the... Find out more

Dunmarra Wayside Inn Caravan Park 48 km

Part of a roadhouse complex, this park is fine for an overnight stop. The roadhouse has a good restaurant and a licensed bar.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Daly Waters Historic Pub

This iconic Northern Territory establishment is pure outback Australia, crowded with memorabilia and populated with fabulous characters, including Frank ‘The Chookman’ Turton, who regales patrons with yarns,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Amungee rest area 91 km

178km W of Cape Crawford (L) or 92km E of Daly Waters (R)

Secluded among a few trees well off the highway.

What's on around town

B&S Ball and rodeo: Easter.

Campdraft and rodeo: May.

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