Howard Springs Nature Park is located about 27km south-east of Darwin. You can reach this 283-hectare park by travelling south on the Stuart Highway and turn east off the Highway onto Howard Springs Road. The springs at Howard Springs Nature Park are a small freshwater spring that was used to provide water for Darwin before the Manton Dam was built. Howard Springs Nature Park has been a recreational venue for the people of Darwin since World War II.
Information board about Howard Springs Nature Park
There is a 1.8 km walking track with signs along the track, so you can learn about some of the many and varied plants and animals in the area. Howard Springs Nature Park's diverse habitats include monsoon forests and extensive woodlands, providing a valuable wildlife habitat. There is also another short track off the main road that will take you through dense rainforest to see the springs that feed the main pool. You can't swim in the main pool because of the water quality, but you may find local aquatic wildlife such as several species of native fish, including huge 1 metre plus barramundi, and two species of turtle. There are information boards to explain and help you to identify some of the local wildlife commonly found in the main pool.