Douglas Daly Research Farm

New land release brings agricultural opportunity.

The Northern Territory (NT) Land Corporation is calling for expressions of interest from qualified entities to undertake agricultural or broad-acre farming activities on a 200ha portion of land located within the Douglas Daly Research Farm (DDRF), just over two hours from Darwin. The land is suitable for a range of crops including annual or perennial horticulture, peanuts, hemps, grains, ginger, forage crops, improved pasture and turf production.

The NT Land Corporation has been working closely with NT Farmers Association to assess suitability, accessibility and the commercialisation potential of current agricultural land releases across the NT, such as the Douglas Daly opportunity, and future agricultural land releases planned at Larrimah.

NT Farmers CEO Paul Burke said that the release of this portion of land presents an exciting opportunity for someone looking to start, or expand, their agricultural interests in the NT.

“One of the biggest challenges we have to agricultural development in the NT is access to land that is suitable for broad-acre cropping activities.”

“The Douglas Daly region has an established reputation for farming enterprises and there is suitable access to water and some onsite infrastructure already available. It presents an exciting opportunity for someone to come in and be set up and ready to go by the 2020 dry season.”

NT Land Corporation, in consultation with the Department of Primary Industry and Resources, identified 200ha of land which represents approximately 6% of under-utilised land within the 3100ha of the DDRF.

Project Officer Nicole Paas said, “Douglas Daly Research Farm research activities, school visits and community events will continue to operate and take place at DDRF on the 2900ha land which is not included under this licence.”

“The release of this agricultural land will provide an opportunity for suitably qualified Territory or interstate entities to expand crop production in the Douglas Daly region from 2020, and will develop the NT’s agribusiness sector.”

“The licence will be for a maximum five year period, with an option for the NT Land Corporation to renew the licence for another five years” said Ms Paas.

Expressions of interest are to be submitted electronically to

Expressions of interest must be lodged by midnight on Wednesday 19 February 2020.

Any communication or enquiry must be made in writing to:

Nicole Paas
Project Officer