Shady Camp Boat Ramp Upgrade

The Northern Territory Government is delivering improved facilities for recreational fishers. A $2.3 million upgrade to the Shady Camp boat ramp will provide a safer facility for recreational boating and fishing at Shady Camp, and will improve vessel launching on the ramp with better accessibility on a variety of tides.

Shady Camp is a popular spot for anglers launching recreational fishing vessels onto the lower reaches of the Mary River. The site is located in Mary River National Park, just over 60 minutes' drive from Darwin.

About the project

One of the Territory’s most sought after locations for barramundi fishing will soon receive a much-needed upgrade.

Following considerable engineering advice, the new boat ramp design will provide an improved and safer launching facility;

The boat ramp will have a total length of 60 metres with an improved surface for launching vessels.

The dual lane boat ramp will be slip resistant concrete surface.

Consultation has been undertaken by the Department in conjunction with the design consultant and has involved the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Parks and Wildlife Commission NT, and the Amateur Fisherman’s Association of the Northern Territory.

The work will be undertaken on the saltwater side of Shady Camp barrage, and construction will begin in late May 2017.

Depending on weather, the project is scheduled for completion in September 2017.

Access restrictions during construction

During construction there will be some impact on users’ ability to launch on saltwater side of the barrage. A temporary boat ramp will be operational as much as is practical, however there will be some intervals when the ramp will not be accessible for safety and operational reasons.

These instances will be advertised as early as possible on Facebook and on our website. Keep up to date with the latest information on access to the facility by ‘liking us’ on Facebook at NT Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and via our project page under infrastructure projects on our website. Variable message boards will also be placed in the area to advise of temporary closures.

The freshwater boat ramp will remain open over the duration of the works.

Parking in the southern carpark area will be restricted as this will be used as a material and equipment laydown area and site office. The northern carpark will remain operational as normal.

Should you have any queries or concerns about the work being undertaken, please contact Project Manager Suzanne Dunkerton on 8999 4788 or email

Last updated: 28 November 2017