Berry Springs Nature Reserve

A little hidden treasure on the outskirts of Darwin is Berry Springs Nature Reserve. The Berry Springs Nature Reserve is around 40 minutes drive south along the Stuart Highway from the Darwin CBD.

How to Get There?

Berry Springs Nature Reserve is around 40 minutes drive south along the Stuart Highway from the Darwin CBD.

The highway is a double laned duel carriage-way right up to the Berry Springs turn off. The turn-off is on the right hand side. Just follow the signs to the Territory Wildlife Park

Around 10 minutes after turning onto Cox Peninsular Road you'll come across the Berry Springs Nature Reserve on your right hand side. If you get to the Territory Wildlife Park, you've gone too far by a couple of minutes.

The Berry Springs Nature Reserve is just before the Wildlife Park.

Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Berry Springs

Berry Springs is a very popular spot for the locals. It's not as widely advertised in the tourist brochures. Tourists tend to be more focused on the big national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield, leaving Berry Springs to the locals.

This is a quieter swimming spot with picnic tables and chairs spread out on the shady grassed area between the car park and the river. There are public toilets, and a small kiosk. To be honest in all the times I've been there, I've never seen the kiosk open, so don't count on it.  Make sure you pack your own snacks and drinks.

It is a short walk from the carpark to the springs. You'll pass through the public BBQ's and seating along the way. There is plenty of seating which is nicely spaced out but it's always a good idea to bring your own chairs if you have them. 

Berry Springs Walks

During March and April native flowers will bloom in the park. Bush walkers and bird watchers can take the Monsoon Forest and Woodlands Walk through the Top End habitats.

How Safe is the Water?

The water quality is monitored. From time to time it will be closed so check to see if the park is open before heading out.

The Springs will also be closed for a few weeks or months during the Wet Season. This is because the water levels will become high and fast flowing. It is dangerous for swimmers during this time. Crocodiles are also active at this time of year and high water levels give them access to more areas. 

Crocodile traps are placed either end of the river system and Rangers monitor the Springs regularly. Even at a suspected sighting, the Springs will be quickly closed until Rangers can determine whether there's a threat or not.

Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Access to the Waterfall is by this staircase.

The 3 Pools of Berry Springs

There are 3 pool areas - the top waterfall, the main pool and the lower pool. You can swim from one pool to the next via the pandanus lined creek. 

Access to Each Pool

The Cascade Waterfall Pool is access by a staircase.

The main pool has 2 separate entry points, and the lower pool has one entry point, which is easily accessed.

You can stand in the Waterfall pool and the Lower Pool but the Main Pool is deep. Make sure you bring your pool noodle with you. 

There are shaded areas around each of the entry points to the pools. 

Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

The Waterfall - Berry Springs

Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Looking from the Waterfall pool towards the Main pool - Berry Springs

Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Picnic Area

Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

BBQ's and public seating

Entry is free to the Nature Reserve and there are recycling and general waste bins on site - so please use them.  

Berry Springs is also a great place for breakfast, or a lazy late afternoon swim and sunbathe. Make sure you pack the insect spray if you plan on going at either end of the day. 

Key Points

  • BYO Pool Noodle
  • If you plan on having a picnic, bring your own chairs if have them (just in case).
  • Bring Insect Repellent if you plan on visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • If the car park is full, the pools are full - there's no point stopping.
  • Don't count on the Kiosk being open - bring your own water, drinks and food. 
  • Respect the area, and clean up after yourself - use the bins provided.
  • Check the Springs are open before visiting - Check the NT Govt Parks website
Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve
Main Pool Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Make a Day Of It

visit the territory wildlife park

When my kids were little, I'd take them early in the day to the Territory Wildlife Park. After the Wildlife Park we'd stop in at Berry Springs for a swim on the way back to Darwin.

I'd pack an esky with drinks and sandwiches, plus our bathers, and towels. After a cooling swim and lunch at Berry Springs, you can easily be back in Darwin by mid to late afternoon.

Be warned though, they were active kids but were plum-tuckered out by the end of this day. 

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I'm Sharon McKenzie, and I’ve always loved spending time at the beach and in the water. I'm a very keen snorkeler, Scuba Diver, and Stand-up Paddle Boarder, and being lucky enough to live in the tropics means I get to do this for most of the year. 

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