How to get to Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park 130 kilometres from Katherine- about the Douglas and Daly region
Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
Located 130 kilometres from Katherine, these hot springs are surrounded by tropical woodlands and hold water up to 60 degrees Celsius. Swimming is only recommended downstream where warm and cooler waters converge. There’s plenty of wildlife in the area and visitors are catered for in a large camping area with basic facilities. Just east of the Daly River is the area known as the Douglas Daly. It is home to the popular Douglas Hot Springs. In certain parts, the springs bubble at temperatures reaching 60 degrees Celsius and swimming is recommended in cooler pools downstream. There are plenty of camping and caravan facilities in the region, including the Douglas Daly Tourist Park where you can swim through The Arches, an amazing natural formation, into a waterhole that’s safe for swimming.
47 kilometres from the Stuart Highway via Oolloo Road, the popular Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park 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 at Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
Camping – there is a large camping area and nine well spaced bush camp sites along the river offering a variety of bush camping experiences. This area is managed by Douglas Daly Park. Visitors are requested to check in at the office where you will be allocated camp sites. Camping fees apply. More information available at the Douglas Daly Park Store, telephone 8978 2479.
Camping is permitted, and off road caravan access is usually possible depending on seasonal conditions. Swimming is available in some areas of the Park, but it is important to test the temperature of the water before entering.
Walking in Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
Walking – follow the creekline along the Douglas River and explore the riverine habitat and enjoy the quiet pools, sandy beaches and cascades.
When to visit Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
The most comfortable time to visit is in the dry season (May – September). Heavy rains during the wet season (October – April) may cause road closures.
A small community, home to the Ngangikurrunggurr people, famous for their weaving, is accessed by an unsealed road which is a continuation of the Daly River Crossing. Organised tours are available to visit Peppimenarti Art, where visitors may shop for artefacts and souvenirs, and learn of traditional culture. An Access Permit is required unless booked on an organised tour.
Merrepen Arts Centre
The Art Centre opened in 1986 and the artists are famous for their etchings and printmaking but also produce a number of artefacts in addition to paintings, using a multitude of materials and techniques in their creative expression. Using zinc plates, or lino plates, coloured ink and a press machine they produce etchings and prints, batik techniques using wax and silk painting to make t-shirts, scarves and sarongs, paper-mâché techniques to make bowls and animal figures, screen printing for tea-towels and other kind of fabric and weaving of Merrepen and Pandanus leaves to make dilly bags, fishnets, baskets and sun mats. The Centre is open daily between 10.00am – 5.00pm, but it is always best to call first and let them know you are coming.
Douglas River Esplanade, Douglas Daly Region
The river starts where the Katherine and Flora Rivers meet encompassing the areas of the Douglas Daly and Daly River regions. Famed for its large barramundi, the Daly is one of the more popular waterways for recreational fishing, with two major fishing competitions held annually, the Barra Classic and the Barra Nationals. This Conservation Area protects part of the Douglas River and its riverine wildlife. Along the river, springs bubble to the surface from underlying groundwater aquifers forming quiet, shady pools, rushing cascades, thermal pools, sandy beaches and unusual limestone formations. If you are travelling south from Darwin, take the Old Stuart Highway scenic route from Adelaide River. If travelling north, take the scenic route just north of Hayes Creek, then take the Oolloo Road until you reach the Douglas Daly Park. The Conservation Area is around 140km from Katherine and 200km from Darwin. Once in the Conservation Area a dirt track provides Dry Season access for all vehicles (from May to September). Follow the creekline along the Douglas River and explore the riverine habitat and enjoy the quiet pools, sandy beaches and cascades. The most comfortable time to visit is in the Dry Season (from May to September). Heavy rains during the Wet Season (October to April) may cause road closures. Restrictions: No swimming due to the presence of saltwater crocodiles. Need to know more then look here for Douglas River Region information.