Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve


Overview

Sunset & Wildlife at Fogg Dam
Sunset & Wildlife at Fogg Dam

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is one of several parks in the lower Adelaide River catchment that provide havens for wildlife in Darwin's developing rural fringe. One of the few wetland systems accessible to visitors all year round.

The Adelaide River catchment is one of several connected catchments which make up the Top End wetlands.

These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty, natural systems and importance to Aboriginal people.

Fogg Dam is a remnant of early attempts to produce rice on the Adelaide River flood plains. Today it provides an important refuge for wildlife.

The Limilngan-Wulna people speak for the land in Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and play an important role in it’s management.

 

How to Get There

Fogg Dam is located approximately 70 km east of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway. Take the Stuart Highway South and turn down the Arnhem Highway.

Almost 25 km east of the Stuart Highway, signs indicate the way to Fogg Dam which is then 6 km from the Arnhem Highway. It has all weather access and is open all year.

 

When to Visit

Large numbers of wading birds gather at the Dam wall at the end of the wet season. From the end of March until the build up, around the start of October is the best time to visit Fogg Dam.

 

What to See and Do

Visitors can take several walks at Fogg Dam. Click on Recreational Activities for more information.

Water BIrds
Water Birds

Visitor Facilities

Toilet facility available.

Other features of the Reserve include:

  • Observation platforms
  • Shaded areas
  • Board walks

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Please Remember

Safety and comfort

  • Observe park safety signs.
  • Observe all crocodile warning signs.
  • Carry and drink plenty of water.
  • Wear a shady hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Protect yourself from tropical disease. (further information)
  • Wear suitable clothing and footwear.
  • Carry a first aid kit.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day.
  • Ensure your vehicle is well maintained and equipped.
  • Beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.

Please remember

  • If you need to, put your rubbish in a bin but preferably take it away with you.
  • Keep to designated roads and tracks.
  • All cultural items and wildlife are protected.
  • Pets are not allowed in this Park.
  • Nets, traps and firearms are not permitted.
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • No fishing.
  • Check that your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and Cane Toads.

Water Lillies
Water Lilies

Fact Sheet

Recreational Activities

Recreational activities within Fogg Dam include a number of walking tracks and wildlife viewing opportunities.

  • Tracks and Wildlife Viewing
    • Woodlands to Waterlily Walk - This walk begins in the fringing forest and then passes via a boardwalk into the wetland that has been created by the low Dam walls. There are signs and lookouts along the way. Length: 2.2 km return. Time: 45 minutes. Grade: easy.
       
    • Monsoon Forest Walk - Winds through a variety of habitats, including monsoon and paperbark forests, and then onto the floodplains. Boardwalks keep your feet dry. There are signs along the way. Length: 3.6 km. Time: 2 hours. Grade: easy.
       
    • Dam Wall Walk - Dam Wall Access - shaded bird viewing platforms are located on the dam wall. You will need to park your vehicle on the dam wall to access these. Park and access with care. Length: 2.2 km return. Time: 45 minutes. Grade: easy.
       
    • Pandanus Lookout - wonderful views of the Dam. Great for sunset or sunrise picnics. Parking available. Length: 2.5 km return. Time: 1 hour. Grade: easy.

 

 



 

 

Top End Parks Alive

Territory Parks Alive is a program of talks and guided walks that NT Parks Rangers conduct across the Northern Territory. The program is offered from May to September each year. View the 2014 Top End Parks Alive brochure (pdf 1.5Mb).

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve Open Vehicle Access Only
Monsoon Walk Open Edit
Woodlands to Water Lillies Walk Closed Repairs and maintenance Edit
Dam Wall Walk Open
Vehicle Access Only
CLOSED to pedestrian traffic due to potential presence of crocodiles and flooding. Pedestrian access expected opening July 2014 Edit