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how to get there
Merrepen Festival is easily accessible on sealed bitumen roads and is only 3 hours drive from Darwin driving through the picturesque Daly River Region it is simply stunning! 

Drive south from Darwin on the Stuart Highway to Adelaide River (110kms) and turn right onto Dorat rd, just after the bridge in Adelaide River (where the horserace track is). Drive along Dorat rd for approximatley 30 kms then turn right onto the Daly River Rd. Follow this road all the way to the Merrepen Art Centre at Nauiyu.

In the wet season (January – March) access to the community is subject to weather conditions up river. If there is lots of rain and the river is up the road will be closed for an indefinite period. The way to get in and out of the community is via the waterways much like a mini Venice.

No permits required.
weather, health and safety
In May and June, the days are warm and sunny and the nights can be very cool. You will need to bring appropriate clothing such as light clothes, hats and sun protection for the day and warm clothing for the evenings. Bring with you any medicines. You should also bring insect repellant and drinking water.
Camping is not available in the community but there are a number of tourist parks throughout the area offering a full range of accommodation options.

Old men
Photo: Todd Condie, Courtesy of the NLC

local accommodation
Banyan Farm Tourist Park
Mango Farm Tourist Park
Perry’s on the Daly Tourist Park
Daly River Road House
Woolianna on the Daly
Sinclair’s Fisherman Retreat
Lee and Jenny’s Bush Camp
Daly River Barra Resort
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(08) 8978 1193

Fuel is available, however it is recommended that you fill up in Adelaide River.

Very limited facilities for eftpos “cash out”
Art works can be purchased with cash, Visa, Bankcard, Mastercard or eftpos.
Limited Food and drinks available
The Centre is open daily between 9.00am – 5.00pm, but it is always best to call first in case the centre is closed for community events or ceremony.
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