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Located midway between Darwin and Katherine, just off the Stuart Highway and an easy scenic drive from both destinations, the region is famous for its fishing, and also boasts hot springs, gorges, bushwalking and an abundance of wildlife.

Must do:
•    Have a relaxing swim in the Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs
•    Browse through the authentic arts and crafts of the local Nauiyu community at the Merrepen Arts Centre and see artists at work
•    Catch a barra!

 

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Also known as the Douglas Daly, after its two major river systems, the region has become a favourite spot for travellers to spend time camping, fishing, bushwalking, and swimming.

The Daly River, famous for its large barramundi, is one of the Top End’s most popular waterways for recreational fishing and boating and now hosts two major annual fishing competitions – the ‘Barra Classic’ and the ‘Barra Nationals’. Oolloo Crossing has also proven to be an excellent spot for barra fishing in the early dry and for black bream all year round.

There are plenty of swimming holes in the Douglas Daly region. However, as saltwater crocodiles inhabit this area visitors are urged to look out for and observe crocodile warning signs as incidents with crocodiles have caused injury and death.

A great spot for bird-watching and swimming are the Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs. Swimming is best suited to the cooler pools upstream and downstream from the springs, which can be very hot. Owned by the Wagiman Aboriginal people and jointly managed by the NT Parks and Wildlife Commission, this is an important place for women’s ceremonies.

Butterfly Gorge is another picturesque swimming area where the pools are fringed with paperbark trees over 50 metres high and the crevices in the rock faces are inhabited by thousands of butterflies.