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 (1.9 mb).

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

What to see and do

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

  • swimming
  • picnicking
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife watching
  • birdwatching
  • playground
  • ranger-guided activities.

How to get there

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.

Check if this park is open

Find out if the Howard Springs Nature Park is open.

Opening hours

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


Phone: (08) 8983 1001


Howard Springs Nature Park has all of the following facilities:

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

Please remember

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
  • 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.

Last updated: 29 February 2016