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Katherine Hot Springs
"The" place to see!

The township of Katherine has its own little "Hot springs" to relax in.

Tucked away in the Katherine River bed (Off the Victoria Highway) the springs pump from deep within the earth at a mild temperature.

Katherine Hot Springs shallow pool near source of water & footbridge

 The terminology "hot springs" is probably stretching the truth a bit. "Tepid" would probably fit the bill better. Averaging at a lovely temperature of 32C it makes the springs very enjoyable during the cooler dry season months.

The Katherine Town Council have spent a few dollars over the years beautifying and restructuring the Hot Springs area and associated walking tracks along the Katherine River corridor. The main pool now has a gravel bed which keeps the sediment disturbance down, and the crystal clear water looking brilliant.

The area has transformed from a simple hole in the river bed to a well thought out recreational area. The addition of new raised walking platforms has opened the area up to Tourists who can now see the source of the spring water via a viewing platform. And from there follow the stream a few metres down to the walkway/bridge to the main pool.
In late 2005 there has been more money spent on concrete seating/steps. This vastly improved the accessibility and lack of mud after the April 2006 floods.

plunge pool at Katherine Hot Springs

This main pool has wheel chair access, stainless steel rails and the walls have been formed out of rock. From there the springs flow along to another pandanus lined pool to a retaining wall that acts as a small waterfall, allowing water to flow over into yet another small plunge pool (top image) before the stream meanders amongst the paperbark trees and out into the Katherine River 30 Metres away.

The area from the hot springs is well grassed with shady spots and sunbathing areas. Just right for a picnic.

Considering it goes underwater each year by about 14-16 metres it does quite well.

For Ghan Train travellers, I'd get the bathers & spend a few hours here while everyone else goes to the Gorge or in Town. Its about half way between town & the Train terminal & beats sitting at the terminal for 4 hrs.

Katherine Hot Springs Northern Territory , shady swimming in aquablue springwater

If you feel like stretching your legs, there is a walking/ bike path that follows the river bed, taking you through the River Red Gums/ Ghost Gums a few kilometres to the Katherine Low level Nature Reserve.  Here you can view and walk across the Katherine River as it passes through this very popular swimming spot.


View from top of riverbank, the Katherine River is over the trees.

View of Hot Springs grassed area from car park up top

Panorama photo of the Katherine Hot Springs

Hot Springs Disabled/ Elderly access

(Persons requiring special needs are catered for via a vehicle track down into the river bed) (key to be obtained through the local service station)

This river road access used to be the main thoroughfare to the springs, but of course the Wet Season sees the river bed increase in depth by 14-17 metres (if we are lucky) and erosion and more maintenance and so on. So I guess the Katherine River Management Committee decided on a you beaut walkway near the Katherine South School that takes you gracefully down into the river bed. Well done !