Tjuwliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park protects part of the Douglas River, its riverine wildlife, and some of its thermal springs. The Park is owned by the Wagiman people who jointly manage it with the Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The Wagiman women have the cultural responsibility of looking after this land. They ask that you help care for their country and respect their sacred places during your stay. The Park is an important place for women's business ceremonies and Wagiman women retain the right to close the park should they wish to carry out ceremonies on their land.

Location: 130 km from Katherine and 200 km from Darwin. If you are travelling south, take the Old Stuart Highway scenic route from Adelaide River. If travelling north take the scenic route just north of Hayes Creek. The last 7 km into Tjuwaliyn is a formed gravel road providing dry season access (May - September) for all vehicles. The towing of caravans and trailers is usually possible.

The most comfortable time to visit is in the dry season (May - September). Heavy rains during the wet season (October - April) may cause road closures.


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There is a large camping area with pit toilets, barbecues, firewood, picnic tables and water. Power is not available. Camping fees apply and should be deposited in the honesty box provided or paid to the Campground Manager. There are also picnic facilities.

Swimming is not permitted in the sacred site. Wagiman women worry that visitors might burn themselves in the very hot water that sometimes comes into the river. Please test the water before you enter and supervise your children carefully. Swimming is best suited to the cooler pools some 200 metres upstream and downstream.

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