Before you go walking

There are many short walks and overnight hikes that you can do in Northern Territory (NT) parks and reserves.

When walking in the NT, you should always stay on marked or mapped roads and tracks.

Walking safety

All of the following tips will help you stay safe while you walk in NT parks and reserves:

  • pay attention to safety signs
  • make sure you and your equipment are properly prepared
  • swim only where recommended
  • Be Crocwise in the Top End
  • avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day - find out how to stay safe in the heat
  • tell a responsible person where you are going and when you will be home - register if needed
  • take a locator beacon, satellite phone or, if you will have reception, a mobile phone
  • find out how to get an interactive park map on your mobile phone or tablet
  • always carry a printed map and compass on extended walks - use electronic devices as a back-up
  • remember to lock your vehicle and keep valuables in a safe place.

Stay on track

There are free interactive maps of many NT parks and reserves within the Avenza Map app.

GPS navigation apps can be useful support devices for walking and you should always do the following:

  • download and update maps for the area before your visit
  • check the accuracy of your map data before walking
  • make sure your device is fully charged and carry a back-up power source
  • stay on designated paths - do not head off track.

Look after the environment

You should do all of the following to look after the environment:

  • put your rubbish in a bin or take it away with you
  • not interfere with cultural items and wildlife
  • not feed wildlife
  • check before taking pets - most parks do not allow them
  • not use nets, traps and firearms
  • be aware of all fishing laws.

What you should take walking

You should take all of the following with you when you go walking in the NT:

  • plenty of water
  • a shady hat and sunscreen
  • suitable clothing and shoes
  • a first-aid kit
  • tropical strength insect repellent
  • a map of the area - make sure you know where you are going.


If you walk overnight, only camp in marked areas and be aware that camping fees apply.

You should use gas stoves only for cooking or heating along walking tracks.

Don't use soaps and detergent near waterways.

Last updated: 11 December 2019

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