Darwin’s small enclave of Doctors Gully is steeped in a rich tapestry of fascinating history. Named after Dr Robert Peel, surgeon with Surveyor General GW Goyder’s first survey team in 1869 who found water ‘…in a gully between Fort Point and Point Emery’, thus the name Doctors Gully. It soon became a landing point for livestock and a safe beach for careening ships.
The waters of Doctors Gully have been declared an official marine sanctuary and are protected under the auspices of the Commonweath Government.
There is a natural freshwater spring directly behind Aquascene in amongst the rainforest that was once known as Peel’s Well. This is understood to be the mostly likely attraction of Doctors Gully’s first occupants going back centuries in time.