Grab your fishing rod and camping gear and explore the thermal springs, gorges, swimming holes and barramundi hot spots all around the region.
The Daly River region is popular with lovers of the outdoors. Pack a fishing rod and your camping gear to experience its hot springs, gorges, walks, swimming holes and famous barramundi fishing.
A fishing and camping destination
Join a fishing charter from Darwin, stay at a riverside fishing lodge or hire a boat to bag the fish that is coveted by anyone who likes to cast a line – the barramundi. Each dry season there are two week-long fishing competitions held on the Daly. Enter to vie for the prize of the biggest fish and to gain an insight into the unique Territory fishing scene.
Set up camp at one the area’s many picturesque sites and you are bound to meet some of the characters this region attracts and share the day’s catch over a campfire.
Indigenous arts centre
Call in at the modern Merrepen Arts Centre at Nauiyu to watch local Aboriginal artists creating their work. Choose something to take home from the acrylic and silk paintings, screen prints, hand-printed fabric, weaving and cards on sale.
Stop to wander around the remains of a Jesuit mission to glean something of the life of the missionaries who lived there from 1886 to 1889. At the site of a disused mine you can see abandoned machinery and the graves of four workers that dug for copper here after it was discovered in 1883.
Hot springs, waterholes and gorges
Head east to the ‘Douglas Daly’ area, where the Douglas and Daly rivers meet and create amazing natural attractions.
Have a soak in the sandy-floored Douglas Hot Springs and listen to the call of birds of the tropical woodlands.
Jump in a four-wheel drive vehicle to negotiate the track into beautiful Butterfly Gorge Nature Park, where a swimming hole is surrounded by towering paperbarks and sheer rock faces that attract large populations of butterflies.