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Manton Dam Recreational Reserve


Manton Dam, built in 1942, was Darwin’s first reliable water supply. Today, although its water is still used in emergencies, the Dam is a popular, safe, recreation area for picnics, barbeques, water skiing, fish, boating, canoeing, wind surfing and swimming.

There is a large variety of bird life to be seen at Manton Dam. The water plants at the edge of the dam provide both food and cover for ducks and wader species. Many woodland bird species can also be seen as the Eucalypt woodland is the dominant habitat and is part of the shoreline in many places. Reptiles and mammals have also been recorded in this area and form a large part of the fauna list for the Dam and its environs.

Useful Information

The Dam is open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays – 8 am to 7 pm on weekends and public holidays – The area is closed each night.

Turn west off the Stuart Highway 70 km south of Darwin – All roads are sealed and accessible throughout the year.

The facilities available at Manton Dam include parking areas, toilets, shaded picnic areas with barbecues, a boat ramp and walking tracks.

Camping is not permitted in this park.

CallĀ 08 8947 2305 for information on park access and road conditions.


  • Cost: Free
  • Booking not required
  • Mantom Dam Recreational Area, NT Manton Dam Recreation Area, Darwin River Dam, Northern Territory, Australia

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