Mary River National Park

Mary River National Park protects part of the Mary River catchment. Featuring billabongs and rainforests, it is a good place for watching wildlife, fishing and bushwalking. Some areas accessible by 4WD vehicles only.

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.


The Mary River Crossing on the Arnhem Highway 3 km west of the Bark Hut Inn has picnic areas, toilets and a boat ramp to make this an ideal site to access the Mary River system. Camping is not permitted at the Mary River Crossing.

Rockhole is another popular access point to the waterways of the Mary River. A boat ramp and picnic facilities are located here, where Barramundi fishing is popular.

Couzen's Lookout camping area offers secluded camping beside the Mary River. It is only a short walk to the lookout where the sunsets are stunning.

Brian Creek Monsoon Forest is a patch of diverse monsoon forest that contrasts strongly with the surorunding woodlands. This is easily accessible.

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.

Mistake Billabong has a shaded viewing platform where visitors can watch life on the billabong.

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Point Stuart is the historic location where John McDouall Stuart’s exploring expedition reached the sea in 1862 after riding over 2,000 miles north to traverse the continent. It is open during the drier months of the year.

4WD trails - opportunities are available to explore the interior of this great Park. The Hardies 4WD Track (pdf 588Kb) is accessible from the Arnhem Highway, about 5 km west of the Mary River, or from the Rockhole Road. The Wildman 4WD Track (pdf 670Kb) links the Rockhole and Wildman Roads. You can start at either end of these tracks and explore the wetlands

Location: 150km east of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway.

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