The Park is 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 final 17 km into the Park is a four-wheel drive track. Ph (08) 8999 4555 Opening times: Open 24 hours a day, from May to October.
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.
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.
Activities: Off Road Driving It is safe to swim in Butterfly Gorge, and this is a terrific spot for a picnic.
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