Nature and wildlife await any family who want to get out into the great outdoors and explore the beautiful Australian countryside!
The popular Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park is located approximately 130 kilometres from Katherine and 200 kilometres from Darwin, so right out in the true Australian Outback!
The park protects part of the Douglas River, and is 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. See if you can spot any of them! They can be quite sneaky, so you might have to really concentrate!
The Wagiman women jointly manage the parks with the Parks and Wildlife Commission. These women have a cultural responsibility, as they have a long history with the land. So they ask when you visit you help care for the land and appreciate all it has to offer.
It’s a great experience for kids to learn about cultures, and traditions, because it’s also a place where the Wagiman women can even close the park to carry out ceremonies on their land. A fascinating experience.
And just like mothers, these Wagiman women worry that visitors might burn themselves in the very hot spring water that occasionally comes into the river. So just test the water before you get in, and make sure you supervise any children.
On those hot days, kids can swim in the cooler pools 200m upstream and downstream, because swimming isn’t permitted in the sacred site. Again, a great talking point for kids to learn about the Indigenous cultures of Australia and what they mean to the history of the country.
At the Tjuwailyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park there is also a large camping area with pit toilets, barbecues, firewood, picnic tables and water. Why not make a weekend of it!