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

Juz exploring Butterfly Gorge

Experience : Butterfly Gorge

Butterfly Gorge

South of Adelaide River, just off Oolloo Road is a turn off for Butterfly Gorge National Park.  The park protects a portion of the Douglas River and it’s well worth the trip, but make sure you stop off at Douglas Hot Springs on your way there.

 

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs

Located on the Douglas River, the Douglas Hot Springs is a great spot for camping at only $6.60 a night per adult.  The campground is right next to the Douglas River, which has a rocky spring that pumps out scorching hot water into the river.  Depending on where you sit, you can have a refreshingly cool swim, a warm bath or a hot, swirling spa.

 

The crystal clear waters of the springs are surrounded by coarse golden sand and palms, with a few little fishies swimming around.

 

 

Butterfly Gorge

Once you get to the car park, there are two walks that you can do – 2km to a lookout or 600m into the gorge.  To get to the main pool, you will have to climb over a small, rocky cliff or alternatively you can wade through the (potentially) croc infested water.  We decided to climb over the rocks – just for fun!

 Caveman

The main pool is surrounded by high rugged cliffs, lush plants and rock figs with curtains of roots.  There were lots of crow butterflies fluttering about – that’s probably where the gorge got its name from.  While you can swim across the pool and check out the other side to get a closer look at the gorge, we got a little freaked by little air bubbles and swirling water.  We chose not to take any risks – we were in the Territory now and have to be super cautious about crocodiles.

 

Juz exploring Butterfly Gorge