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11-13 June 2013

Douglas-Daly
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The Douglas-Daly Tourist Park is designed for visitors who want to get away from it all. The park is near the Douglas River in the middle of native vegetation and immediately adjacent to a conservation area intended to protect some interesting sections of the river. Sites are large, well-grassed and many are shaded all day. Access is by sealed road from the Stuart Highway; the road continues onto Oolloo Station and Oolloo Crossing (of the Daly River), traffic is light.

Douglas River The Douglas River near Douglas-Daly Tourist Park from the road bridge.
At this stage in the early dry season (nearly the middle of June) nights after midnight were mostly cool (17° or 18°), usually with a slight breeze (often a light blanket was needed for comfort). Mornings remained cool until about 10:30 when the sun began to have an impact, there was rarely any cloud. Afternoons were increasingly warm with 33 or 34°C being common in the sun. From about 4.00 p.m. lengthening shadows spread lower temperatures although it was still hot in the direct sun. Once the sun set nights remained comfortably warm until nearly midnight. Humidity was mostly high enough to be noticeable, and sometimes a little uncomfortable, but not enervating. A breeze often improves comfort.

Mosquitoes, flies and other bugs were around but not in numbers large enough to be a serious nuisance. The tourist park is surrounded by native vegetation and a variety of native trees and large shrubs have been planted around the park so wildlife treat it as part of the bush, but where there are people to avoid. A variety of birds forage through the park or fly overhead. Whistling Kites patrol overhead, and sometimes perch in the higher branches of trees in their ceaseless search for food.

The Douglas-Daly region is heavily devoted to cattle grazing, mostly on uncleared land, but there are a couple of cleared properties grazing cattle and growing grain. There is a grain receiving centre near Oolloo Station. The region has a long-established reputation as a camping area for Darwin residents with the advantages of lower tourist numbers than Kakadu.

Despite this history of recreational camping, hunting is not permitted. Fishing is the sport of choice although crocodiles (freshwater and saltwater) are known to live in the streams.

The tourist park is largely self-contained including motor vehicle fuel (unleaded and diesel); meals are served all day in the bar/restaurant. We had a very enjoyable and relaxed stay.
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Hunters Sign Hunting is not an activity encouraged or permitted in Douglas-Daly.
Cattle Cattle grazing in the few cleared paddocks seen from the road in the Douglas-Daly.
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