Howard Springs Nature Park

Howard Springs Nature Park is a great place to enjoy wildlife including turtles, barramundi, file snakes and freshwater fish species.

You can cool off in a shallow series of man-made rock pools, let the kids enjoy the adventure playground and relax with a quiet picnic or barbeque.

You cannot swim in the spring-fed waterhole.

Get the Howard Springs Nature Park fact sheet and map (848.8 kb).

Howard Springs Nature Park - A shallow series of man-made rock pools Howard Springs Nature Park - Adventure playground Howard Springs Nature Park - Turtle

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Phone: (08) 8983 1001

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Howard Springs Nature ParkOpen


The ranger office carpark is closed for upgrades. There may be some disruptions to the ranger office, toddler pool and the western picnic areas while these upgrades are being carried out.

There is changed traffic flow so please heed all traffic management signs.

The rock pools, waterfall, playground and eastern picnic area remain open and will not be affected by the upgrades.

02 January  2019
Rainforest Walk (Howard Creek Walk)Open NA
Springs walking trackOpen NA
East Picnic Area Open NA
Western Picnic Area Open NA
Rock pools Open NA
Toddler pool Open NA

All year round open daily from 7.30am to 7pm.

Howard Springs Nature Park is 27km south-east of Darwin.

Travel south on the Stuart Highway and turn east off the Highway onto Howard Springs Road.

Follow the signs from here.

You can do all of the following activities in the park:

  • Cool off in the toddler pool or shady man-made rockpools and waterfall
  • picnicking
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife watching
  • birdwatching
  • playground
  • ranger-guided activities.

Howard Springs Nature Park has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • ranger station
  • barbecues
  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • disability access
  • picnic tables.

When visiting the park remember all of the following:

  • put your rubbish in the bin or take it away with you
  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • all cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • pets are not permitted in the park
  • nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
  • be careful with fire and only light fires in the fireplaces provided
  • no camping except in the Category C youth camp. Bookings are required and camping fees apply.
  • no fishing
  • check your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and cane toads.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Howard Springs Nature Park by doing all of the following:

  • observe park safety signs
  • swim only where recommended and watch for warning signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a shady hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • wear suitable clothing and footwear
  • carry a first aid kit
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.

Phone: 08 8983 1001

Last updated: 17 December 2018

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