Robin Falls

Experience : Robin Falls

Robin Falls

 

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

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.

 

Adelaide River
War Cemetery

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.

 

Juz exploring Butterfly Gorge

 

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.

 

Douglas Hot Springs

Adelaide River Croc Cruise

Experience : Adelaide River Cruises

Our mates in Darwin invited us to come on a jumping crocodile cruise on the Adelaide River.  The only reasonable thing to do was to accept the invitation.

 

Adelaide River Croc Cruise

 

Adelaide River Cruises is about 70km out of Darwin.  The drive took about an hour with the last 15 minutes being good quality dirt road.  A ticket aboard the shaded boat costs $35 and it gives you a 1-hour ride on the river with about 30 other people.  Go to an early session if you can – there will be more crocs that approach the boat for a feed.  And make sure you have your sunnies, a hat and your camera.

 

Our tour guide, Morgan, was very knowledgeable about crocodiles and knew where to find them.  He joined the team 10 years ago – his brother, Harry, started the business about 20 years ago. Plenty of crocodiles came up to our boat to visit us, and many did spectacular vertical jumps out of the water.  They were a constant reminder for us to ensure that we kept our limbs inside the boat.  The biggest croc we saw was the infamous Brutus.  He’s about 100 years old, about 5 metres long and can’t jump very well because he’s missing one of his front legs.  He is a really stunning example of how big, powerful and deadly crocs can be.

 

 

Even if there hadn’t been any crocodiles, it would have still been peaceful just gliding over the calm river.  We saw some huge spider webs and a sea eagle perched high up in a tree.  Back on dry land after the cruise, there’s a little shack with various souvenirs you can buy (if that’s your thing).  We were happy to get a few great photos of the crocs and enjoyed the soothing cruise on the Adelaide River.

 

Do we recommend doing a jumping croc cruise, and would we do it again? Hell yeah!

 

http://www.adelaiderivercruises.com.au/

 
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Adelaide River Croc Cruise