ο»Ώ Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Nature Park off the Stuart Highway north of Katherine a travel information for self drive visitors guide

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Douglas Hot Springs Park

: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Batchelor to Katherine road map

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Nature Park known as Douglas Hot Springs Nature Park

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 entering.

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 cascades.

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 closures.

47 kilometres from the Stuart Highway via Oolloo Road, the popular

• Located 47 kilometres from the Stuart Highway via Oolloo Road, the popular Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park.
• Located 130 kilometres from Katherine, these hot springs are surrounded by tropical woodlands and hold water up to 60 degrees Celsius.

Peppimenarti
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-mβchι 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 Park

Perry's on the Daly

• Quiet Location approx 2.5hrs drive from Darwin
• 3hrs from Katherine.
• Fishing Tackle and Gift Shop
• Dinghy hire
• Fishing Rod and Reel hire and repair service
• Ice, Gas
• Marine Repairs

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 • Serviced Tents • Limited Power and Unpowered Sites • BBQ facilities • Fishing Tackle • Dinghy Hire • Tackle,• Marine and Gift Shop • Fishing Rod and Reel repair and hire service • Ice • Gas • Boat • 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 • Hire 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
Umbrawarra-Gorge

How to get to Umbrawarra Gorge the turnoff is about 3 km south of Pine Creek and then 22 klm can on a very dusty and corrugated unsealed road.

Umbrawarra Gorge

The Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park, located about 115 kilometres from Katherine, protects a beautiful isolated gorge with steep red cliffs and a creek that meanders through the gorge in the early to mid dry season. A walking track winds alongside the creek to a large pool with a small sandy beach and the rest of the gorge can only be reached by wading, swimming and rock hopping. Permits must be obtained for rock climbing and abseiling. No water is available, so please bring your own supplies and camping fees apply. Please note that during the tropical season, especially after rain, the road may be closed.




Opening times: • Daily, possible road closures after heavy rains.
Activities: • Off Road Driving • Camping • Swimming • Animal Viewing • Self-Guided"
Facilities: • BBQ Facilities • Car park • Picnic Area • Public Toilet

How to get to Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park
The Park is located about 245 km from Darwin and about 115 km from Katherine. Drive along the Stuart Highway to about 3 km south of Pine Creek. Then turn south west onto an unsealed road. The next 22 km can become very dusty and corrugated. This section contains steep dips and creek crossings. Drive with care. It is best to visit in the dry season, (May to September) when the river level has dropped and the gorge is accessible. Roads - the Park can be reached by all vehicles in the dry season (May - September). Towing caravans along this road is not recommended due to the corrugations. During the wet season (October - April), especially after rain, the road is often closed. Consult maps and check road conditions on 1800 246 199 prior to your visit.

Umbrawarra supports significant colonies of the Short-eared Rock-wallaby and the Rock Ringtailed Possum. Keen bushwalkers will almost certainly catch a glimpse of some of these native marsupials


Visitor Facilities
The campground has a • A small campground with a pit-toilet is only a short distance from the gorge entrance. A pit toilet (don't ask - a pit toilet or as we say long drop box is a deep hole with a toilet on top of it) • picnic facilities • barbecue facilities • car park • Camping fees apply and should be deposited in the honesty box provided.
There is no drinking water provided.

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park activities
Rocky pools and small sandy beaches provide beautiful swimming spots, early to mid-dry season only. The creek stops flowing late in the dry season. An easy 1km walk leads into the Gorge, but if you want to go further along the creek you will have to swim and rock-hop. There are magnificent views from the cliff-tops. For rock climbing and abseiling, permits must be obtained from the Batchelor or Palmerston Parks and Wildlife Services offices before you arrive at Umbrawarra.

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park blog: I did this back in the 1990's in a hilux and the road was alright for some of the way then there was a incline and it got corrogated and narrow so becareful. At the crest the view over the Umbrawarra Gorge was quiet well 'Outback'. So is Umbrawarra Gorge on the Jatbula Trail.

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