Daly River


Easily accessed from Darwin, this area is a popular destination for fisherman and easy weekend trips. The Daly River settlement, or the ‘Daly’ as locals fondly refer to it, has a population of around 560 and is located 110 kilometres west off the Stuart Highway. The Daly River crossing was traditionally a meeting place for the local Aboriginal people to trade and hold ceremonies. By the end of the 1800s, European farmers, missionaries, miners and pastoralists had arrived. The Merrepen Art Centre holds an Aboriginal arts and cultural festival every May or June. The festival includes art sales and an auction, traditional music and dance, bush tucker displays, and a sporting carnival.

The Daly River itself is a picturesque tidal river, home to both freshwater and saltwater crocodiles, and a plentiful source of barramundi. The Daly holds two major fishing competitions annually, the ‘Barra Classic’ and the ‘Barra Nationals’.

Bamboo Creek and Horseshoe Billabong are gorgeous spots to picnic and enjoy the company of rare birds and wallabies. Accommodation catering to all budgets is available at the Daly River Pub, the Banyan Farm Tourist Park, Daly River Highway Inn and the historical Daly River Mango Farm. A three kilometre walk around the farm takes in various billabongs and the ruins of a Jesuit mission built in the 1800s.

Quick Facts

Daly River is a small Northern Territory Rural Location within the local government area of Victoria Daly, it is located approximately 802kms from the capital Darwin covering an area of 1850.927 square kilometres. Daly River has a recorded population of 127 residents and is within the Australian Central Standard Time zone Australia/Darwin.

If you are planning a visit to Daly River we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Daly River and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.