Shady Camp - Mary River National Park

National Park - Northern Territory


The Mary River is one of eight rivers in the Top End which have large floodplains in their catchments. The Arnhem Highway crosses five of these eight rivers as you travel between Darwin and Jabiru.

This Park is located 150km east of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway.

In the Dry Season, from May to September, most areas are accessible to all vehicles, however many roads are unsealed. During the Wet Season, from October to April, flooding can cause road closures.

Shady Camp is a popular fishing spot with boat ramps, picnic areas and toilets. A viewing platform offers excellent views of the river and its many crocodiles upstream. A barrage helps prevent saltwater entering the freshwater wetlands. Camping is permitted and fees apply.

The road in is tarred for over half the way and then a good unsurfaced road with just a few corrugations for the last part. This is in the dry season. There are no facilities here other than a long drop toilet and nothing to do really unless you are a fisherman with a boat. The camping area is large and flat with shade from some trees. There is an honesty system to stay, but there were no envelopes for the money so nobody had paid. I did not feel it was worth the long ride in.
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