This gorge is tucked away at the base of a low sandstone plateau
close to Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, approximately 130 km
from Katherine and 200 km from Darwin along the old Stuart Highway
scenic route. The sheer rock faces, edged by dense vegetation and rocky
spinifex country, offer shaded riverine walks and beautiful scenery.
The Wagiman people speak for this land and believe their ancestors are here.
The Park protects a part of the Douglas River that eventually flows into the Daly River about 50km downstream.
Cool crevices in the rock face of beautiful Butterfly Gorge provide
shelter for thousands of Common Crow Butterflies. The rock pools
provide a chance for a refreshing swim and are shaded by paperbarks up
to 50 metres tall. This quiet gorge is tucked away at the base of a low
sandstone plateau. The sheer rock faces, edged by dense riverine
vegetation and rocky spinifex country, offer shaded riverine walks and
Past logging industries removed many of the melaleucas and the
timber was used to build the Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin. The park
protects a part of the Douglas River that eventually flows into the
Daly River, about 50 kilometres downstream. The gorge and main swimming
area are a 10 minute walk from the car park and you can swim across the
main pool and through the narrow gorges to reach the upper pools. More
enthusiastic walkers may climb up the rocky slopes to reach the top of
the gorge with views of the rock pools.
Butterfly Gorge Nature Park is usually open from May to October each year.