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Manton Dam

Stuart Highway, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ranked #38 of 42 attractions in Darwin
Type: Lookouts, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Dams
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- Jul 27, 2014
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We went for a picnic but you can't actually see the full lake, only a few meters! We were expecting vast views over the lake to bee the water sport but you can only see a very very small portion! The area needs trimming back to allow the full view to be seen. With a limited lake view, it feels... More

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Darwin
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Best to view it in the wet season but never know what you might see when out there, just don't get out if your car on the spill way as crocs inhabit the area and you spot them on the road from time to time

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

A great spot to put your boat in for either some skiing or fishing. The lake has two large areas joined by a small lateral section which nicely separates those making wake and those wetting a line. Crocs appear during or shortly after the Wet on occasion, and the rangers close it for a period.

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Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Nice spot to pull off the highway for a picnic or a look around, but unless you have a boat or a canoe, an hour is more than enough time to allow. They apparently catch lots of good barramundi there and we saw many smaller fish in the shallows.

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Rosebery NT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

i went here a few months ago and it was pretty average. very messy and seemed like there'd be lots of crocs there

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Good spot for a picnic/bbq/swimming - and if you have a boat and skis/knee board etc you can do some skiing - later you can do some barra fishing and if you're lucky come home with a whopper.

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Nice spot for waterskiing near Darwin, which is good, since its pretty much the only sport for waterskiing near Darwin. Apparently they keep the salties out, but you'll still need a couple of spare pairs of undies if you stack it and the boat keeps you waiting. If you're not into waterskiing (or wakeboarding etc) then there's really no reason... More

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Townsville, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Two of my uncles where 1. The lead construction engineer, and 2. The construction foreman for the construction of the dam - the first permanent water supply for Darwin many years ago. Uncle 2, was in fact severley injured, but survived, a huge explosion at the dam in the mid 1950's - he had evacuated the workers but was caught... More

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Karratha, Australia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

On a lazy Sunday drive and we decided to detour to Manton Dam. We have passed it many times and this was our first time to visit. Not sure what we were expecting; I don't think it was this. On the plus side a very large car park. On the down side everything else.

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