Katherine Hot Springs reopen for the dry season

Published on Friday, 1 April 2022 at 3:31:29 PM

Katherine Town Council's natural hot springs have reopened as of April 1, 2022.

The springs were closed over the wet season, due to flucuating levels of the Katherine river and the potential for flooding. Originally the main pool was just an indent on the edge of the Katherine River, but redevelopment over the years means residents and visitors can enjoy a safe swimming experience surrounded by nature.

Council beautification works a few years ago also made the area more accessible with paved pathways and railings, a kids' play area, plus a grassed picnic area with loads of shade. These hot springs are fairly tepid, about 25 to 30 degrees. 

"It's a beautiful, shaded area for swimming, the water is nice and warm all the time so you can swim there during the cold season," Katherine mayor Lis Clark said.

The springs are open to the public seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alcohol is not allowed although the nearby Pop Rocket Cafe has a liquor license.

The Pop Rocket Cafe, which is housed in demountables on the parklands above the springs, also opened today. Bec and Mick are into their seventh season so they're smooth operation but they are having staffing issues like many other businesses this year so they’ll be operating on reduced hours: Thursday to Sunday 6.30am to 2p.m. And in May they’ll do Friday evenings so guests can enjoy the area at sunset.

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