Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
How to get to Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park 130 kilometres
from Katherine- about the Douglas and Daly region
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 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
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
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
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
Don't get confused: The
Daly River Road Crossing is off the south end of Litchfield National
Perry's on the Daly
Quiet Location approx 2.5hrs drive from Darwin
3hrs from Katherine.
Fishing Tackle and Gift Shop
Fishing Rod and Reel hire and repair service
Driving to Perry's on the Daly from Darwin just follow the Stuart
Highway south to Adelaide River(113km),then just over the bridge turn
right, cross over the new Alice to Darwin railway line and travel
32 km to the Daly River turn off. Turn right (west) and follow some
84 km of fully sealed road to the Daly river crossing. Once over the
crossing just follow the tourist signs along a good gravel road for
14 km to arrive at Perry's located on the western bank of the Daly
River, 8km north (downstream) of the crossing.
From Katherine travel north to Hayes Creek (great place for a cuppa),
just north turn left at the Douglas Daly region sign.Travel to the
Daly River road and turn left (west) and follow the tourist signs.
Caravan and Camping at Perry's on the Daly
Shady Camping and Caravan Sites
Limited Power and Unpowered Sites
Tackle,• Marine and Gift Shop
Fishing Rod and Reel repair and hire service
Ramp • Bush Walks
Amenities shed (pool, chess, darts, draughts, etc.) Homestay at Perry's
on the Daly
Including accommodation Meals.
River Cam (wet season)
Relax by the pool
Go bush walking
a Boat and go Fishing on the river or at our Billabong
Visit the Districts attractions
Max. 4 people (POA) Fishing at Perry's on the Daly Dick Perry has
over 25years experience guiding and conducting fishing Safaris throughout
Australia. With 20 years fishing on the Daly River, Dick can put you
in the best spots. POA www.dalyriver.com