ο»Ώ Emerald Springs Roadhouse on the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Emerald  Springs Roadhouse

Emerald Springs Roadhouse
: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Emerald Springs Roadhouse

Emerald Springs Roadhouse from Darwin to Alice Springs

No fuel at Emerald Springs -
• Fuel stop at app. 20km north at Hayes Creek
• Fuel stop at app. 30klm south at Pine Creek
I rang to get this update 06.09.2016 from Emerald Springs direct.

The Emerald Springs Roadhouse was renovated in 2008 and is now once again the perfect half way spot from Darwin to Katherine.

• Bar • Restaurant • Beer Garden • Outdoor undercover deck area • Sixteen En Suite Motel Rooms • Fifteen Powered Caravan Sites • Fifteen Un-powered Caravan Sites • Coach & Road Train Parking • Public Toilets & Showers • Pet Friendly areas • Sixty carparks Services • Food available from 6:00am till 10:00pm daily • Access to clean public showers & toilets • A range of accommodation • Easy parking for Road trains, coaches, caravans and cars • Hydro bath for washing of pets

• http://www.emeraldsprings.com.au/
• Emerald Springs also has conference facilities, a convenience store (with 12 flavours of home-made ice cream), wireless Internet, special needs facilities and parking for coaches and roadtrains.


For visitors travelling with their pets the Caravan Park is designed as a ‘pet friendly area’ which includes an ‘off the leash’ run area. This area allows dogs to run off the lead, have a swim in the dam and roll around on grassed areas. A hydro-bath is also on site where owners can keep their pets clean for the journey ahead. A range of pet food will be available in the Convenience store.

• A bushwalking track weaves its way down to the water and swimming is possible in most of the pools. Only go after checking with roadhouse manager.
• A Backpack picnic can be provided which includes lunch, energy bars, juice, water & fruit.
• First Aid Kit & Safety Equipment such as flares are also contained in the backpack. o The Gorge offers not only spectacular photo opportunity views but a chance to swim in a natural stream and waterfall which is not overcrowded.

Gold Rush Fever Self Discovery Tours
• All you need is a Map, a Metal Detector, a hat & sunscreen and a touch of the Gold Rush Fever and you are on your way to maybe discovering your superannuation!
• Metal Detectors can be hired at the Roadhouse and detailed maps will be provided with previous gold findings marked on the map.

Bird Watching trails
• With the spring fed waterways that surround Emerald Spring it is a haven for native wildlife and birds. You will see an array of birds from Jabiru’s to Finches.
• The trail follows the waterway and covers a region of 19 square kilometers.
• A Picnic basket can also be provided ranging from a standard sandwich lunch to a gourmet selection, including local made jams & pate.

Hiking trails around mountain
• This hiking trail is situated at the top of the hill and takes in panoramic views of the valley below.
• The trails ability rating is moderate and walkers can expect to finish in approximately 2 hours.
• Breathtaking views are at the peak of the mountain which is 123.44 above sea level
. • A Backpack picnic lunch can also be provided along with First Aid & Safety Equipment.

World War ll sites
• The area is prevalent with World War ll sites including old machinery, dug outs & old telecommunication devices.
• These sites are well signposted where visitors will find interesting facts about the area and the people who were on duty during the war.
• The Emerald Springs Bar also has an extensive display of photographs of the area during the war.

Butterfly Gorge National Park Self Drive tours
• This 17km 4WD track is an excellent 4x4 experience which takes you to the picturesque Butterfly Gorge where visitors can experience the Northern Territory eco system at its best.
• The extensive varieties of butterflies are plentiful all year and swimming is allowed in the rock pools. o Standard and gourmet picnic hampers are available from Emerald Springs.

Goldfields Heritage Loop
• With Emerald Springs being only km from Grove Hill Heritage Hotel it is an excellent day trip for exploring the area for crystal and gold and interacting with the locals.
• Douglas Daily Hot Springs
• The Douglas Daily Hot Springs are a short drive from Emerald Springs (20km) and offer the tourist the unique experience of swimming in a natural fed spring that has hot and cold pockets of water rising to the surface, where the temperature can reach 60 degrees in some sections.
• Visitors can also see Aboriginal artists at work at the Merrepin Arts Centre.
• Standard and gourmet picnic hampers are available from Emerald Springs or if preferred Barbeque meats and salads can be provided for guests to cook their own barbeque lunch at the Hot Springs on the Barbeques provided in the picnic area.

Barramundi Fishing in Lake Emerald
• The natural spring fed Lake Emerald is the perfect place for visitors coming to the Territory who are hoping to catch themselves the Territory prized Barramundi.
• Catching a ‘Barra’ whilst in the Territory is on the priority list of most travellers and here the experience won’t cost anything and it won’t take all day!
• The catch is limited one fish per person with a strong incentive for the lucky angler to ‘Catch and Release’ in the breeding season.

•Mountain Bike trail along the old Stuart Highway
• The old Stuart Highway makes and excellent Mountain Bike Trail as not all sections of the highway are still intact therefore providing some off road travel to keep the ride interesting.
• The trail is 16km long and can be used by visitors of all ages.
• A range of Mountain bikes can be hired from the Roadhouse.


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