Easily accessed from Darwin, this area is a popular destination for fisherman and easy weekend trips. The Daly River settlement 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.
Today the Nauiya Nambiyu community on the banks of the river is home to about 300 people. Here, the Merrepen Fine Art Gallery 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. 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.
Temperatures for Daly River
Daly River has hot summer temperatures. The summer high temperature for Daly River is approximately 32 °c. The summer low temperature is approximately 25 °c.
Daly River has warm winter temperatures. The winter high temperature for Daly River is approximately 30 °c. The winter low temperature is approximately 20 °c.
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