Howard Springs

Howard Springs

For a relaxing day trip head to Howard Springs just 35 kilometres south of Darwin and open every day from 8am till 8pm. In 1957 Howard Springs was the Northern Territory's first Reserve under the NT Reserves Board. The diverse natural surroundings of Howard Springs Nature Park covers 280 hectares supporting a valuable range of wildlife including Pygmy Geese, Whistling Ducks, Radjah Shelducks and Magpie Geese. Wander along the nature trail through monsoon forest and lush parklands, extensive swamps and riverine areas. Take a load off and relax with a picnic at one of the many shaded picnic areas while looking out over the beautiful spring-fed waterhole. There are bbq facilities and toilets provided as well.

Take a dip in the newly developed shallow rock pools and get a better view of the aquatic wildlife to be found in the waterhole from one of the viewing platforms. The walking track is 1.8 kilometres in length where you have the opportunity to veer off the main trail taking you through dense rainforest leading to the springs. Between June and August each year there are free Ranger guided activities provided for visitors.