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Grove Hill Hotel

The Grove Hill Hotel is an example of ingenuity through the use of recycled materials for the construction of a residence and commercial building. It demonstrates the re-use of materials during the period of the depression when cash and building materials were in short supply. It is also an example of a metal framed structure in which various design elements were included to specifically deal with the tropical climate. The hotel demonstrates a way of life and has aesthetic interest in its seeming simplicity but ingenuity of design elements which have been incorporated over the building's lifetime. The hotel is the original hotel situated on the original stretch of the Stuart Highway and North Australia Railway which has had continuous occupation and has been operated as a hotel for most of its lifetime except for the period during the war and between 1976-1990.

Part of NT Portion 2683 designated NT Portion 4641(A).
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 13.2K from Hayes Creek

Burrundie Explosive Magazines

The magazines are significant for their association with the construction of the North Australian Railway which was an important factor in the opening up of the Top End of Australia. The underground magazine, built in 1885, demonstrates a high degree of technical achievement. Designed in Glasgow by Nobel's Explosives Co Ltd it consists of an underground concrete chamber with a vaulted entrance stairway. It is one of two known to exist in the Northern Territory. The above ground magazine was built in 1896. It consists of a rectangular storage area with a vaulted ceiling. A system of air vents has prevented the ingress of water and has been very effective in stabilising air temperature and humidity. There is evidence that this magazine continued to be used for explosives until World War 2. The magazines are the only intact buildings in or around the Township of Burrundie.

Part of NT portion 2683 and 3653 designate NT Portion 4680 (A). The site is located approximately 1 km northwest of the township of Burrundie.
Burrundie, NT, 0822

Located 19.0K from Hayes Creek

Butterfly Gorge Nature Park

Cool crevices in the rock face of beautiful Butterfly Gorge provide shelter for thousands of Common Crow Butterflies. The rock pools provide a chance for a refreshing swim and are shaded by paperbarks up to 50 metres tall. This quiet gorge is tucked away at the base of a low sandstone plateau. The sheer rock faces, edged by dense riverine vegetation and rocky spinifex country, offer shaded riverine walks and stunning scenery.

Past logging industries removed many of the melaleucas and the timber was used to build the Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin. The park protects a part of the Douglas River that eventually flows into the Daly River, about 50 kilometres 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.

Butterfly Gorge Nature Park is usually open from May to October each year.

Olloo Road,
via Douglas Hot Springs,
214 kilometres south of Darwin
Emerald Springs, NT, 0847

Located 19.0K from Hayes Creek

Tjuwaliyn/Douglas Hot Springs Park

The popular Tjuwaliyn/Douglas Hot Springs Park, located approximately 130 kilometres from Katherine and 200 kilometres from Darwin, protects part of the Douglas River, where thermal pools create an oasis in the surrounding dry woodland. The water attracts a wide variety of birdlife and mammals such as bandicoots, quolls and flying foxes.

Camping is permitted and caravan access is usually possible depending on seasonal conditions. Swimming is only available in designated swimming areas of the park, but it is important to test the temperature of the water before entering. The traditional Aboriginal owners, the Wagiman people, jointly manage the park with the Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Wagiman women have the right to close the park on occasion, as it is an important place for women's ceremonies.

Leaving from Darwin, you have a choice of either taking the scenic drive - the turn off is just over the bridge at Adelaide River, or you can take the turn off which is located half way between Adelaide River and Pine Creek.

Douglas Hot Springs
Hayes Creek, NT, 0846

Located 20.9K from Hayes Creek

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