Whether you’re a local or traveller, Howard Springs Nature Park is a beauty to visit on a day out. We’ve got all the local’s tips on where to eat when you’re out to play in Howard Park.
The most important stop of the day is fuelling up on breakfast at Cafe Bellissimo located on the ‘old side’ of Coolalinga shops. If you love mouth watering, hearty, quality meals, then you’ll love this local haunt. They offer breakfast all day and an Italian themed lunch menu. Our local’s tip is for breakfast order something with the thin, crispy bacon (it’s the bomb!), or for lunch try one of their authentic pastas. The coffees have been given the tick of approval by the finest of coffee-snobs, so even if you’re looking for a take-away, skip Maccas and pull into Bellissimo.
If you’ve had breakfast and need a sweet snack instead, head over to The Honey Puff King on the ‘new side’ of Coolalinga. This pop-up Greek dessert van serves up the best Loukoumades (honey puffs) and Galaktoboureko (vanilla slice). They’ve also become renowned for their iced-coffees, which we can vouch for.
Ok, so one more food stop to prepare for lunch in the park. Head 10 minutes down the road to the Howard Springs Bakery and load up on whatever floats your boat – pies, sausage rolls, burgers, sandwiches – but we’d highly recommend a bee-sting (you’ve come this far)!
You should now be full to the brim and ready for some action in the park before lunch. Make your way to Howard Springs Nature Park. It’s a great place for kids to run amok and parents to relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. There is an adventure playground including flying foxes, man-made cascading rock pools, plenty of picnic areas, a toddler pool and a large spring-fed waterhole in the middle where you can spot plenty of fish, turtles and potentially even aquatic snakes!
Once you’ve called it a day in the park, swing home past the Howard Springs Tavern for dinner. Whilst the whole menu is top notch, we highly recommend the char grilled scotch fillet with the Dianne sauce. By now you should be well fed and satisfied with a day out in the Northern Territory nature.
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