Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
The Park protects part of the Douglas River, its riverine wildlife, and some of its thermal springs.
The Park is owned by the Wagiman people who jointly manage it with the Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The Wagiman women have the cultural responsibility of looking after this land. They ask that you help care for their country and respect their sacred places during your stay.
The Park is an important place for women's business ceremonies and Wagiman women retain the right to close the park should they wish to carry out ceremonies on their land.
The Park is located approximately 130 km from Katherine and 200 km from Darwin. If you are travelling south, take the Old Stuart Highway scenic route from Adelaide River. If travelling north take the scenic route just north of Hayes Creek. The last 7 km into Tjuwaliyn is a formed gravel road providing dry season access (May - September) for all vehicles. The towing of caravans and trailers is usually possible.
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.
Check road conditions on 1800 246199.
Safety and comfort
- Be aware that some parts of the river are very hot.
- Observe park safety 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.
- Ensure your vehicle is well maintained and equipped.
- Beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.
- 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 away with you.
- Keep to designated roads and tracks.
- All cultural items and wildlife are protected.
- Pets are not permitted.
- Nets, traps and firearms are not permitted.
- Take care with fire, light fires only in fireplaces provided.
- Use wood provided sparingly.
- Soaps and detergent are not permitted in the river bed.
- Camp only in designated camping areas.
- Generators area provided.
- Check that your vehicle is not transporting pests like weeds and Cane Toads.
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Features of the Park include:
There is a large camping area with pit toilets, barbecues, firewood, picnic tables and water. Power is not available. Camping fees apply and should be deposited in the honesty box provided or paid to the Campground Manager.
- Caravans Permitted
- Picnic Tables
Wagiman women worry that visitors might burn themselves in the very hot water that sometimes comes into the river. Please test the water before you enter and supervise your children carefully.
Swimming is not permitted in the sacred site.
Swimming is best suited to the cooler pools some 200 metres upstream and downstream.
The Commission monitors water quality in swimming areas in parks and may close them for health reasons at short notice.