Palm Springs is known as Lugangarna in Jaru language. This is a palm fringed, spring fed, permanent freshwater pool that has long been a refreshing stop for travellers along the dusty Duncan Highway. It is a famed 'oasis in the desert'. There are striking rock wall reflections and abundant local wildlife dependent on this water source.
Afghan teamsters are thought to have planted the original date palms found at Palm Springs. They played a prominent role in the early days of Halls Creek. Afghan man Sam Hazlett and his Aboriginal wife Duddru lived at Palm Springs for many years. Sam used the springs for drinking water and to grow vegetables, which he sold in Halls Creek.