Visit Kakadu National Park and explore Kakadu
campgrounds from May till November this Dry Season in a 4wd camper
rental from Darwin Australia
Campgrounds - stay and camp at Tjuwaliyn - Douglas
Hot Springs Park camping area - 4wd unsealed road - off road access.
Tjuwaliyn - Douglas Hot Springs Park Campground
Type of camping: Managed campsite
Site accessibility: 4WD
The thermal hot springs at Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs is
this park's biggest drawcard. You can experience a natural thermal
hot springs treatment or head up or downstream for cooler pools.
The park is on the traditional lands of the Wagiman people and
contains sacred sites. The Wagiman women care for and work with
Parks and Wildlife to manage the park and continue to perform
ceremonies on the land. They ask that men do not go near the sacred
site. Do not enter areas of the park closed for cultural and conservation
Nearest hub: Darwin
Driving distance from Darwin to Tjuwaliyn - Douglas
Hot Springs Park Campground is Travel 200km south along
the Stuart Highway from Darwin - see below
How to get from Darwin to Tjuwaliyn:
Travel 200km south along the Stuart Highway from Darwin, or 150km
north from Katherine. Take the Dorat and then Oolloo Roads. Follow
the signs to the park. The last 7km is unsealed road, though you
can usually tow caravans and trailers. Opening hours: All year
round, but roads may close during the Wet Season from October
to April. Contact Phone: (08) 8976 0282
Located 150 kilometres north of 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.
What to see and do Tjuwaliyn - Douglas Hot Springs Park
You can do all of the following activities at the park: •swimming
– in designated areas only •camping •bushwalking.
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
• When to visit Tjuwaliyn Douglas Hot Springs
• The most comfortable time to visit is in the dry season (May
• Heavy rains during the wet season (October - April) may cause
• 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 entering.
Facilities Tjuwaliyn Hot Springs has all of the following
facilities: •information signs •fire pits •public toilets
•picnic area •barbecues.
Picnic area (barbecues)
Amenities at hub
When visiting the park remember
all of the following: •men are not permitted near the sacred
site •glass is not permitted in or near the river •put your rubbish
in the bin or take it with you •stay on designated tracks and
roads •all cultural items and wildlife are protected •pets are
not permitted •nets, traps and firearms are not permitted •be
careful with fire and light fires only in fireplaces provided
•use wood provided sparingly •do not use soaps or detergents in
the river bed •camp only in designated areas •generators are provided
•check that your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds
and cane toads.
Safety: You can have a safe and comfortable trip
to Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs by doing all of the following:
•be aware that some parts of the river are very hot •observe park
safety signs •carry and drink plenty of water •wear a hat, sunscreen
and insect repellent •wear suitable clothing and footwear •carry
a first aid kit •avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the
day •make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and equipped •beware
of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.
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