Katherine Hot Springs, NT Australia – Visitor’s Guide

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Katherine Hot Springs boasts cascades of crystal clear, warm water streaming down into deep blue natural pools, surrounded by a lush green forest. It’s a beautiful little oasis to refresh and relax, just minutes outside of the town center.

The natural thermal springs pump from deep within the earth at a year-round mild, very enjoyable temperature. Katherine Hot Springs is a stunning little slice of paradise and a must-see while visiting Northern Territory in Australia.

I have put together this complete visitor’s guide of Katherine Hot Springs including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.

 

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WHERE IS KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS

Situated on the banks of the Katherine River, Katherine Hot Springs are within the Katherine township, a mere 5-minute drive from the center of town.

Katherine is the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory, situated 320 kilometers south-east of Darwin. It’s often called the Crossroads of the North thanks to its location at the junction of Stuart Highway linking with the north and south and the Victoria Highway to Western Australia.

There are lots of things to do in town, but it is the Northern Territory, which means it can get very hot making the close by Katherine Hot Springs the perfect little oasis to go for a refreshing dip without the risk of becoming a saltwater croc snack.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS

The best time to visit Katherine Hot Springs is sometime between May and September. If you can, I would recommend avoiding traveling to the Northern Territory during the wet season (November – April).

Depending on the river levels, Katherine Hot Springs might be closed during those months. If you want to make sure the springs are open you can call the Katherine Hot Springs visitors center (free of charge) the day before or the day of your planned visit on +61889722650.

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In general, the accessibility to several places in the Northern Territory during the wet season might be limited, and the risks of crossing paths with a saltwater crocodile during that time of year are highly elevated as well compared to during the dry season.

Very high humidity accompanies high temperatures, ranging from 30-40 degrees Celsius. During that time, the region also receives spectacular electrical storms. Adjusting to these temperatures can be quite difficult, especially when you are not used to a tropical climate.

Katherine Hot Springs is fairly well-known thanks to the Instagrammable beauty of the place. To avoid crowds and experience the magic of it with almost no other people around, try to visit on weekdays and come in the early morning.

katherine hot springs, hot springs katherineKatherine Thermal Pools

 

ARRIVING AT KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS

When you arrive at Katherine Hot Springs, there is a large car park with plenty of free parking spaces available. It is a popular tourist spot, so there are toilet amenities available.

From the parking lot, there is a sealed pathway leading down to the hot springs. It’s about a 10-minute, easy walk.

Entering Katherine Hot Springs is free of charge and the pools with their year-round average temperature of 25-30 degrees Celsius are open from 7 am – 7 pm every day of the week. Restrictions might apply during the wet season.

During the dry season, the newly installed Pop Rocket Café at the Katherine Hot Springs entrance is open, serving hot coffee, light meals, and snacks.

katherine hot springs, hot springs katherinePop Rocket Café at Katherine Hot Springs

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AT KATHERINE HOT SPRINGS

The area around Katherine Hot Springs 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 visitors who are now able to take a look at the source of the spring water via a viewing platform.

From there, it’s easy to follow the stream down to the walkway/bridge to the main pool which has a wheelchair access ramp, stainless steel handrails, and an easily accessible staircase formed out of rock.

From the main pool, the springs flow along to another pool lined with pandanus trees to a retaining wall that acts as a small waterfall, allowing water to flow over into yet another small plunge pool before the stream meanders amongst the paperbark trees and out into the Katherine River.

The open grass area is shaded beneath a canopy of trees surrounding the pools and it’s the perfect spot for a picnic and to relax for a while before heading back to the busy town.

You can make visiting the Katherine Hot Springs part of a whole day adventure as there are lots of fun things to do close by like fishing, caving, or canoeing along the nearby Katherine River.

Katherine Hot Springs e1607821360705Enjoying Katherine Hot Springs

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WHERE TO STAY IN KATHERINE

There are dozens of accommodation options to choose from in Katherine, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of Katherine accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

LUXURY: IBIS STYLES KATHERINE

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MID-RANGE: PINE TREE MOTEL

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BUDGET: PALM COURT BACKPACKERS

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF HOT SPRINGS KATHERINE

I hope from this guide you’ll have all the information you need for an epic adventure to Katherine Hot Springs.

Whether you’re a solo backpacker, traveling as a couple, or whether you’re taking a trip with the entire family, Katherine Thermal Pools is a great day out.

If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

 

This trip was in association with NT Tourism and Backyard Bandits.

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

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