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Darwin’s Rural Area

Darwin’s Rural Area encompasses the areas of Humpty Doo, Howard Springs and Berry Springs. They all offer some great recreational activities and picnic opportunities. There are wetland cruises which will get you up close to the wildlife and take in the spectacular views. Families will enjoy the relief from the heat with the cool crocodile free waterholes to swim in. Territory Wildlife Park is also a must visit with fun activities for the kids to do and plenty of animals for them to see.

Darwin’s Rural Area is comprised of Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, Berry Springs and Noonamah. It covers the area beyond Palmerston and is situated in and around the Stuart and Arnhem Highways. There are some great recreational activities and picnic spots for families located in and around the area. Best of all it’s only 35-40 minutes from Darwin. Howard Springs Nature Park The Nature Park includes facilities that will provide visitors and families with hours of fun. There are shallow rock pools where you can cool-off in an attractive setting and a playground which uses existing trees as features. The playground includes a slide, flying foxes and a tree-house. There is also a toddler pool and monsoon forest walk. You can enjoy the shady picnic areas with views to a beautiful spring-fed waterhole. Humpty Doo Village Green Located in the heart of Humpty Doo, just off the Arnhem Highway, opposite Taminmin College is the Humpty Doo Village Green. Have fun in the skate park, children’s play equipment or unwind with a picnic or BBQ’s. Play evening Lawn Bowls or join the Guides or Scouts. Berry Springs Recreation Reserve Located on Cox Peninsula Rd, and it has an oval, cricket pitch, tennis and basketball courts, children’s playground, as well as plenty of open space, swimming holes and BBQ facilities. There are things to do for everyone in the family, so pack a picnic, head out of town and make a day of it! Livingstone Recreation Reserve The Reserve is located on Livingstone Rd, just off the Stuart Highway, approximately 50 kms from Darwin City. Amenities include a large open hall, playground, oval, beach volleyball court and picnic area. The ‘34 Mile Bistro’ is open Friday nights serving meals from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
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