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Daly River Esplanade: Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly

Daly River Esplanade: Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly

 Video showing the road into the campsites and the campsites on the Daly River

Video showing the road into the campsites and the campsites on the Daly River

Daly River Esplanade

This is a section of the Daly River that the Parks and Wildlife NT opened up and made campsites available for bush camping along the riverbank. The river has tall shady trees and the undergrowth has been cleared to provide campsites. The very high banks of about 10m makes camping safe from the threat of crocodiles. A good spot for fishing.

Daly River Esplanade  

Unfortunately, on our last visit to this area in 2017 it seems the Parks and Wildlife NT had abandoned this venture. The facts sheet and information regarding this area have also been removed from the Parks and Wildlife NT website. As such the road into the campsites has become very overgrown and many of the campsites are no longer usable. However for those that are seeking a great bush camp experience the camp spots that are still open are incredible. On the down side the bush has overgrown the road and your vehicle will get very scratched on this road. I expect this will become more overgrown with each passing season.

Warning: Saltwater crocodiles inhabit both the Douglas and Daly Rivers – please observe the signs regarding safety, and swim at your own risk.

Daly River Esplanade

Getting There

As an alternative to using the original road that follows the fence line on the riverside of the fence, you may opt to use the road on the inland side of the fence. This is PRIVATE PROPERTY, however, and a gate controls access. The property Ebenezer Waters is owned by Mike Farrell and contact numbers are indicated on the entrance gate to the property. The entrance to Ebenezer Waters is located on the right of Oolloo Road about 25km in a southerly direction from Douglas Daly Tourist Park. Give him a call and obtain permission to use the road and the sites along the river.

The turn-off to Daly River Esplanade is located on the right 28 to 29 km south of Douglas Daly tourist park on Oolloo Road. At present (2017) a sign showing Daly River Esplanade is still up but is rather overgrown. Follow the fence line for 900m and the road will then turn to the right, to find the gate that controls access to Ebenezer Waters, or use the overgrown track. We travelled up the riverbank for at least 7km discovering campsites along the way.

 Road depicted in orange shows Daly River Esplanade

Road depicted in orange shows Daly River Esplanade

 

Notes

This area would only be accessible in the dry season and is a four-wheel drive track.

No facilities are available at these sites.

Oolloo Crossing: Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly

Oolloo Crossing: Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly

Douglas Daly Research Farm: Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly

Douglas Daly Research Farm: Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly