Manton Dam Recreation Area

National Parks and Reserves Natural Attractions Sports and Recreation Facilities

Built in 1942, Manton Dam was Darwin’s first reliable water supply. Today the dam is a pleasant destination for an easy daytrip from Darwin, 70 kilometres south, and a popular recreation spot that is accessible year-round.

Manton Dam is a water sport enthusiast’s paradise. Bring a powerboat and water skis and enjoy yourself in the powerboat and water ski zone. Please ensure you read the bylaws displayed at the boat ramp and ski beach. Canoeists, windsurfers and low-speed boaties can take an easier pace in the low speed zone. Pack a picnic and make the most of the day – there are tables and barbecues in shady spots (BYO wood from outside the park). Bring your fishing rod and try your luck – if it’s a while between bites there are plenty of ducks and other wader species to spot while you enjoy a relaxing pause on the bank. Alongside the water species, birdwatchers will also be able to see many Eucalypt woodland birds, as this habitat is part of the shoreline in many places. Reptiles and mammals have also been recorded in this area and form a large part of the fauna list for the Dam and its environs.


Barbeque Birdwatching Boating Facilities Canoeing/Kayaking Carpark Fishing Picnic Area Public Toilet Swimming

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Interpretative panel at the site.

Rum Jungle Single Womens Quarters

Batchelor, Coomalie

Memorial in the foreground, new railway line and historic station in the background.

Memorial to Railway Workers Adelaide River

Adelaide River, Coomalie

Entrance to property upon which sits the remnants of the 4RSU unit alongside the Pell Airstrip that is located along the Stuart Highway.

WWII Pell Airstrip Camp A 4RSU Workshop, Adelaide River

Adelaide River, Coomalie

Interpretative panels at the Batchelor Road entrance.

WWII No1 RAAF Medical Receiving Station

Batchelor, Coomalie

1943 - Sqn Leader Bluey Truscott batting, Flying Officer EB Tainton keeping.

WWII Noonamah Cricket Pitch and Oval, near Strauss Airfield

Noonamah, Litchfield

Dry stone wall remnants at Beatrice Hill Well.

Beatrice Hill Well and Stone Fences

Middle Point, Litchfield

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