Douglas River and Daly River Conservation Areas

If you're a keen camper, it's likely you'll want to stay longer at the peaceful Douglas River and Daly River conservation areas.

There are 3 waterfront campsites you can book, where you will see agile wallabies and other native wildlife.

Douglas River also has a variety of walks that track along the shady rockpools and sandy river banks.

Make sure you use insect repellent.

Pets are not permitted in the conservation area.

Get the Douglas River and Daly River conservation areas fact sheet and map PDF (861.2 KB).

Find out about camping in parks and reserves.

Check if the park is open

For more information about site access, call 08 8999 3947.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Douglas River/Esplanade campground Check access with tourist park. Access via Douglas caravan park. 4WD recommended as only camps 1 to 7 are 2WD. Camps 8 to 9 are 4WD only. Bookings to camp can be made at Douglas Daly Tourist Park. For bookings, call 08 8978 2479.

Note: commercial campground, cannot be book via the Online Booking System.

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Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Tipperary Crossing Bush Campground   You must book and pay online.

Access via Oolloo Road and Jungawa Road, Douglas Daly. Refer to the fact sheet or check with the park office by calling 08 8999 3947.

 
Crystal Falls Bush Campground   You must book and pay online.

Access via Oolloo Road & Jungawa Road Douglas Daly. Refer to the fact sheet or check with the park office by calling 08 8999 3947.

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All year round, but the best time to visit is from May to September during the dry season.

You can check road conditions by calling 1800 246 199 or visiting the Road Report NT website.

Travel 200km south along the Stuart Highway from Darwin, or 150km north from Katherine.

Turn off at Dorat Road and follow signs and Oolloo Road to the conservation area.

Check road conditions before you go.

You can do all of the following activities in the conservation areas:

  • four-wheel driving
  • fishing
  • wildlife watching
  • camping.

The Tipperary Crossing and the Crystal Falls Bush campgrounds are bush camping sites with no other facilities.

No caravans are permitted but you can have a generator at Tipperary Crossing.

You must book and pay online.

Douglas River Esplanade campground is commercially operated and has the following facilities:

  • fire pits
  • picnic tables
  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • kiosk
  • camping
  • caravans
  • accommodation
  • showers.

To book or find out more about the commercial campground, visit the Douglas Daly Holiday Park website.

When visiting the park remember all of the following:

  • take your rubbish with you as there are no bins in the area
  • stay on marked tracks and roads
  • cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • pets are not permitted in the park
  • nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
  • use fuel stoves if possible
  • don't use soaps or detergent in or near waterways
  • don't clear vegetation to make your camp
  • some sites are closed every year to help revegetation
  • bury toilet waste 15cm deep at least 100m from the river
  • check your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.

Campfires

Campfires are only permitted at Douglas River Esplanade campground.

You must:

  • be careful with fire, keep campfires small and only light fires in the fireplaces provided
  • collect fallen timber only.

Have a safe and comfortable trip to Douglas River and Daly River Conservation Areas by doing all of the following:

  • there are saltwater crocodiles in all waterways - do not swim and Be Crocwise at all times
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • wear suitable clothing and footwear
  • carry a first aid kit
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and equipped
  • check wet season road conditions by calling 1800 246 199.

Last updated: 29 June 2022

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