You’ll find Robin Falls if you take Dorat Road from Adelaide River. It’s a beautiful little spot that offers free camping with lush surroundings. It’s a short walk to the cascading waterfall, which falls into a little pool before continuing down a little stream alongside the track. The water is chilly and refreshing and if you’re game, you can climb up to the top. The camp spots do fill up quickly though, so make sure you get there early!
Adelaide River is a small town 200km north of Katherine and 115km south east of Darwin. It was first settled by workers who were working on the Overland Telegraph Line, and the discovery of gold at Pine Creek assisted with its establishment. It was officially proclaimed a town in 1962.
These days, Adelaide River only has a population of about 240 and is an important stop for travellers along the Stuart Highway. There’s a petrol station and mechanic workshop, accommodation, a roadhouse and a general store.
The main thing to check out in town is the War Cemetery, which was established in 1942. The landscaped gardens are a suitable resting place for the 63 civilians and 434 Aussie, British and Canadian service men and women who died in the NT during World War II, but whose remains were never found.
Butterfly Gorge & Douglas Hot Springs
The gorge is located within Butterfly Gorge National Park and there are two walks available – over the rim or in the gorge. We decided to go into the gorge and it turned out to be quite an adventure. Check out our post here.
If you’ve spent a long time on the road, Douglas Hot Springs is a wonderful place to stop and refresh yourself. The piping hot water springs from a crack in the rock and flows down the river, but because of the direction that the water moves, you can have a cool dip on one side of the bank and a hot spa on the other.