Howard Springs Nature Park

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Venture into monsoon forests, swamps and riverine areas and watch wallabies as you enjoy a picnic before splashing in the main pool or the kids' pool.

Howard Springs Nature Park has been a recreational venue for the people of Darwin since World War II. Its diverse habitats include monsoon forests and extensive woodlands, providing a valuable wildlife habitat.

Bring your hamper and find a shady spot, where you'll be able to picnic with ibis and agile wallabies on the lawns near the main pool. Along the 1.8 kilometre walking track you will learn about some of the many and varied plants and animals of the area. Or follow the short track into the dense rainforest to see the springs that feed the main pool. Cool off in the beautiful waterhole, and if you have small children with you there's a dedicated toddler's pool. Signs on the walkway will help you identify some of the fish, including barramundi, which can be seen from the weir wall.

During World War II, rest and recreation camps for up to 120 men were set up for Australian and American servicemen. The weir was built in 1944 by the Royal Australian Engineers to improve access to the waterhole.

Opening times:

Open daily all year round from 8am to 8pm.

Entry cost:

Free entry


  • Barbecue
  • Birdwatching
  • Animal Viewing
  • Self-Guided
  • Bushwalking
  • Wilderness Walking


  • BBQ Facilities
  • Coach Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Walking Tracks

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