Howard Springs Nature Park
Managed by NT Parks and Wildlife the park offers lots of shaded picnic areas with barbecue facilities and safe swimming in the shallow rock pools or toddler’s pool. Nature trails wind through the rainforest with signs explaining some of the different vegetation and animals you may see along the way. There is a large children’s paly area, including flying foxes and a toddler pool. A spring fed waterhole is home to a variety of fish, turtles and large barramundi. The park is home to Ibis and Wallabies.
Howard Springs Hunting Reserve
The Howard Springs Hunting Reserve protects a large area around the Howard River. The Reserve also protects areas of cultural significance. The Larrakia people speak for this land. The Howard Springs Hunting Reserve provides an area where hunting of ducks and magpie geese can occur during the hunting season (permits Required, see NT Parks and Wildlife website »).
Built in 1942, Manton Dam was Darwin's first reliable water supply. Now a recreation area hugely popular with watersports, Manton Dam is a great spot to escape the heat and relax by the water. Picnic and barbecue facilities are set among shady trees, while areas are set aside for both swimming and fishing. This area is important to Aboriginal people from a number of language groups: Larrakia, Limilngan, Wulna, Waray and Koongurrukun.
Window on the Wetlands
60 kilometres from Darwin, perched on Beatrice Hill off the Arnhem Highway overlooking the Adelaide River floodplains this tourist centre is literally a window on the wetlands. The Limilngan-Wulna people speak for this land and call Beatrice Hill Ludawei. The three hills represent Turtle Dreaming and this site is an important part of their culture. Touch screen computers allow visitors to find detailed information on local Aboriginal and European history, land management and the diversity of wetland animals. The top floor of the centre commands superb views across the floodplains. Open daily from 8am to 7pm with free entry.
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
This reserve, 70kms east of Darwin, is one of several parks in the lower Adelaide River catchment that provides a haven for wildlife. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty, natural systems and culture. The Limilngan-Wulna Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of the area and their ancestor's dreamtime journeys are recorded in the landscape.
Berry Springs Nature Park
Territory Wildlife Park
This world-acclaimed park is nestled on 400 hectares of natural bushland and showcases the wildlife of northern Australia in their natural habitats. There are six kilometers of walking trails and a free shuttle train to link the 26 major exhibits. Allow at least four hours to explore the park. Presentations and displays start from 10.00 am daily.
The Big Boxing Crocodile
Tourist attraction the Big Boxing Crocodile is outside the United fuel station on the Arnhem Highway. This humorous attraction is a reference to the large crocodile population in the area and is one of the many famous big things found around Australia.