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Howard Springs Nature Park

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Published October 1st 2017
Relax, Walk, and Explore
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.

Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
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.

Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
Walking track


Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
The main pool
Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
You can find huge barramundi here


Howard Springs Nature Park also has a wading pool with a waterfall. This cascading wading pool is only 290 mm deep. Near the wading pool, there is playground including two large flying foxes point.

Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
The waterfall


Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
Wading pool


Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
Playground


Bring your picnic rug and find a shady spot, then enjoy a picnic or do BBQ. Don't be surprised if ibises and agile wallabies come and enjoy your picnic too.

Howard Springs Nature Park, walk, nature park, Darwin
Picnic area and BBQ


At Howard Springs Nature Park, you can relax, walk, explore and cool off in its man-made cascading wading pool. For more information, you can go to www.nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park-to-visit/howard-springs-nature-park
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Why? Nature park near Darwin where you can see huge barramundi
When: Any time between 7am to 7pm
Phone: (08) 8983 1001
Where: Howard Springs Nature Park
Cost: Free
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