Douglas River Esplanade (The Arches): Oolloo Road, Douglas Daly
Douglas River Esplanade Conservation Area (The Arches)
The Douglas River cuts through limestone to form an arch and some spectacular rock caves and formations.
The Arches: Douglas River Esplanade Conservation Area
It is a good spot to spend an hour or so exploring the rocks and just enjoying the river. This section of the river has provided us with the odd Barra in the past. This section of the Douglas River has its own thermal pools however these are not as spectacular as Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs.
Douglas River Esplanade is part of Parks and Wildlife NT, although the Douglas Daly Tourist Park situated at the entrance to the area manages it. Get permission at the front desk before going up to the Arches.
Warning: Saltwater crocodiles inhabit both the Douglas and Daly Rivers – please observe the signs regarding safety, and swim at your own risk.
Douglas Daly Tourist Park is located 34km down Oolloo Road after turning off Dorat Road. The road to the bush camps is a dirt track and may be closed in the wet season.
Nine well-spaced bush campsites line the banks of the Douglas River. These have large shady trees but unfortunately no lawn to camp on; they are after all bush camps. Fires are allowed and the tourist park provides 44-gallon drums cut in half to accommodate your fire.
Camping fees apply.
For further details, check out the NT Parks Board fact sheet.