Find a boat ramp

There are numerous boat ramps available for public recreational use across Northern Territory (NT).

Before you use a boat ramp, you should check its status for any safety messages or warnings.


Using a boat ramp can be hazardous.

To protect yourself, take the following precautions:

  • Take care when launching and retrieving your boat.
  • Use caution on boat ramps as they may be slippery.
  • Look for build-up of green mould on the ramps and avoid them.
  • Be Crocwise - crocodiles live in most NT waters and can attack suddenly.
  • Look for marine stingers as they may also be found at boat ramps.

If you notice a hazard, you must report it by:

Locations of boat ramps

The tidal access information below are estimates only. It can change due to environmental conditions.

For all ramps owned by the NT Government, call 08 8924 7100.

Map view

Below is an interactive map to help you find a boat ramp.

View the public boat ramps in the NT as a larger map.

List view

Below is a list of all boat ramps and their statuses.

RampLocation Tidal accessStatus / WarningOwner / Contact
Dinah Beach ramp Approximately 3km from central Darwin on Frances Bay Drive 2.5m -NT Government
East Arm ramp Casey Street East Arm Above 2.5m -NT Government
Doyles ramp (Darwin Ski Club) End of Conacher Street adjacent to the Ski Club on the foreshores of Fannie Bay approximately 4km from central Darwin Above 2.5m -Darwin City Council
08 8930 0300
Nightcliff ramp Corner of Banksia Street and Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff, approximately 2km from Nightcliff Shopping Centre Above 2.5m -Darwin City Council
08 8930 0300
Palmerston ramp Adjacent to Elizabeth River Bridge on the Palmerston side, approximately 9km from Stuart Highway via University Avenue Most tides -NT Government
Channel Island ramp Approximately 25km west of Palmerston, across Elizabeth River Bridge Most tides -NT Government
Middle Arm ramp End of Middle Arm Road approximately 15km from Cox Peninsula Road Most tides but may be difficult at low water -NT Government
Buffalo Creek ramp Approximately 2km from signpost on Lee Point Road - Buffalo Creek provides access to Shoal Bay. All tides at ramp No access through Buffalo Creek mouth below 4m.Darwin City Council
08 8930 0300
Leaders Creek ramp The turn-off to the Leaders Creek ramp is approximately 44km along Gunn Point Road off Howard Springs Road - turn right at the signpost. Parts of the road may be badly corrugated. Above 2m -NT Government
Saltwater Arm ramp The turn off to Saltwater Arm boat ramp is 2km before the Leaders Creek ramp Above 2m -NT Government
Adelaide River ramp Next to Adelaide River Bridge on the Arnhem Highway Most tides but difficulties may be encountered on extremely low water -NT Government
Corroboree Billabong ramp Corroboree ramp, turn left 1km east of Corroboree Park tavern and follow the signs No tidal influence -NT Government
Rock Hole ramp Turn left off Point Stuart Road No tidal influence -NT Government
Mary River ramp Upstream of Mary River Bridge on the Arnhem Highway No tidal influence -NT Government
Shady Camp ramps Upstream and downstream of Shady Camp barrage No tidal influence on freshwater side, seasonal on saltwater side, generally half tide upwards -NT Government
South Alligator ramp Downstream of the South Alligator bridge on the Arnhem Highway Varies, generally half tide upwards --
East Alligator ramps Upstream and downstream of Cahills Crossing Varies, generally half tide upwards --
Dundee Beach ramp Native Point Dundee Lodge The ramp is accessible at tides above 2.5m.Sediment build-up at the ramp can occur and maintenance is ongoing.
Ramp users should check on current conditions.
NT Government
Finniss River ramp Hardcastle Road No tidal influence -NT Government
Milne Inlet ramp Milne Road Bynoe Harbour Above 3m -NT Government
Six Pack Creek ramp Bynoe Harbour Above 2.5m -NT Government
Channel Point ramp Permit required. Read about permits for Channel Point. Above 3.5m --
Daly River ramp Wooliana Road Most tides-NT Government
Hardies Billabong rampTurn off Arnhem HighwayNo tidal influence-NT Government
Mandorah rampNext to Mandorah Jetty. Charles Point RoadAbove 2m-NT Government
Southport rampBlackmore River. Signposted turn off from Cox Peninsula Road.Above 3.5m-Litchfield Shire Council
08 8983 0600

RampLocation Tidal accessOwner / Contact
Big Horse Creek ramp Victoria Highway, 10kms from Timber Creek RoadhouseDifficult to predict in this areaNT Government
Katherine River ramp Town of Katherine. Underneath Stuart Highway. Access via Oshea TerraceNo tidal influenceNT Government

Ramp Tidal access
Sea Swift Community boat ramp Above 1.5m
Gove Yacht Club ramp Mid-tide upwards

For boats ramps across East Arnhem Land, go to the East Arnhem Land website.

RampLocation Tidal accessOwner / Contact
Roper Bar ramp Roper Bar Crossing Roper Highway Above 2.5m NT Government
Tomato Island ramp Roper Highway Above 2.5m NT Government
No. 1 landing ramp Roper River mouth Above 2m NT Government
Borroloola Town ramp Borroloola Town Above 3.5m NT Government
Rocky Creek ramp Rocky Creek Above 3.5m NT Government
Mule Creek ramp Mule Creek Above 2.5m NT Government
King Ash Bay ramp King Ash Bay Mid tide and upwardsNT Government

RampLocation Tidal accessOwner / Contact
Black Point Ranger Station ramp Cobourg Peninsula Most tidesNT Government

RampLocation Tidal accessOwner / Contact
Alyangula ramp Whart Road, Alyangula Most tidesGroote Eylandt Mining Company

Last updated: 12 May 2022

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