Tjuwaliyn Hot Springs, located on the Douglas River in Australia’s Northern Territory, is a refreshing and warm river oasis in a natural and untamed landscape. The Douglas River provides mineral-rich soothing water, abundant wildlife viewing, quiet pools, sandy beaches, cascades, and small waterfalls.
The Tjuwaliyn Hot Springs are on lands that belong to the Wagiman people; they manage it along with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. There are sacred sites in the area used for ceremonies for the Wagiman women; areas of the park may be closed for cultural and conservation reasons. Please be respectful and follow park requests for privacy and closures.
Northern Territory Hot Springs on the Douglas River
The hot springs in the Douglas River are called hot for good reason; the hot water flows from deep within the riverbed at multiple points along the river. At the source of the geothermal activity, the temperature is 60ºC (140ºF).
About 200m (656 feet) upstream or downstream of the source, there is adequate mixing with cooler water with a more comfortable temperature that is perfect for soothing tired muscles and joints and washing away the day’s stress. Be sure to test the water before entering and take care with children; the ideal bath water temperature is 32º C (90ºF).
You’ll find a large campground near the hot springs with some campsites located along the river. To secure and pay for a site check-in at the park office. Douglas Daly Park manages the grounds. The grounds have showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, water, fire pits, and barbecues. For more information, stop by the Douglas Daly Office and Store.
From Darwin, follow Stuart Highway 200 km (125 miles) south or from Katherine township, take Stuart HIghway 150km (93 miles) north—turn off on Dorat Road and then take the Oolloo Road and follow the signs to the destination. If you are towing a trailer, camper, or caravan to the campsite, the last 7km (4 miles) is an unpaved road, passable in the dry season; the rainy season might prove difficult.
Address: Hot Springs Rd, Hayes Creek NT 0822, Australia
Phone: +08 8999 3947
Season: Year-round (depending on water supply)