Daly River is famous for its big barramundi, a thrill to catch and a joy to eat. The river inhabited by large saltwater crocodiles and many other species of fish. There is a profusion of bird life along the melaleuca lined banks. A trip up the river is a must for any visitor.
Take the Old Stuart Highway Scenic Drive just north of Hayes Creek or from Adelaide River. Douglas River region with its natural spas and pools is an untouched part of the Territory. Attractions include Douglas Hot Springs, Ooloo Crossing, and Butterfly Gorge. The fishing is good and wildlife abundant- banicoots and wallabies are seen feeding at dusk.
The Daly River has been home to Aboriginal people since time immemorial. It was first sited by white civilisation in 1865. Colonel B T Finnis sailed from its mouth in Anson Bay in a small boat called Julia. He called it the Daly, in honour of the Governor of South Australia.
Fred Litchfield also lead an exploration party overland, then travelled upstream to what is now known as the Daly River Crossing. In 1866 Explorer John McKinlay took a boat up the Daly and was impressed by the land. A few years later farmers, pastoralists, miners and missionaries followed.
Today Daly River is a small community centred around the river, with tourism and horticulture being its main industries. Also at Daly River is Nauiyu, an Aboriginal Community of 470 people, where many services are offered and visitors are always welcome.
The area is teaming with reminders of a colourful past, from missionaries to mining of over 100 years ago.
Daly River is about 110 kilometres off the Stuart Highway and well worth the diversion from the highway.