See springs bubble to the river's surface to form quiet shady pools, rushing cascades, thermal pools, sandy beaches, and unusual limestone formations.

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Escape to the cool and quiet of the Douglas River Esplanade Conservation Area. Walk along the river to see springs bubble to the river's surface forming quiet shady pools, rushing cascades, thermal pools, sandy beaches, and unusual limestone formations.

The Douglas River Esplanade Conservation Area, located approximately 140 kilometres from Katherine and 200 kilometres from Darwin, protects parts of the Douglas River and its riverine wildlife. Permanent water and a large variety of trees attract many birds, fish and other animals to this area.

There are plenty of places to picnic, and a large camping area as well as bush camp sites along the river. Please note: no swimming - saltwater crocodiles may inhabit parts of this river.

Opening times:
Daily, 24 hours. Possible road closures after heavy rains.
Entry cost:
Free entry
Activities:
  • Off Road Driving
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Animal Viewing
  • Bushwalking
Facilities:
  • Picnic Area