Check if a park is open: Katherine region

Conditions and access to parks in the Northern Territory (NT) can change at short notice. 

You should check this page when you plan your trip to the Katherine region and before you depart for any national park or reserve. 

Each area has a phone number you can contact for more information and condition updates.

For NT road conditions check the government's Road Report website before you leave home.

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Phone: (08) 8975 8792

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Barranyi (North Island) National Park Open NA NA
Paradice Bay Campground Open Bring drinking water NA
Paradice Bay Loop Walk Track Open NA NA

Phone: (08) 8975 8792

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Caranbirini Conservation Reserve Open  
Jagududgu Loop Walk Open           
Barrawulla Loop Walk Open         

Phone: (08) 8975 4560

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Elsey National Park Open  
Park access
Martins Road Open  
Homestead Road Open  TBA
John Hauser Drive OpenDrive with caution - water over road 
Bitter Springs (via Martins Road)
Swimming Open  
Loop walk Open  
Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool (via Homestead Road)
Swimming Open  
Riverside walk to Stevie's Hole Closed Closed for wet season from 30/12/2016 End of wet season     
Stevie's Hole (via Thermal Pool)
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan NA
Walking TracksClosedClosed for wet season from 23/1/2017End of wet season
Botanic Walk (via John Hauser Drive)
Loop walk Closed Closed due to flood damage TBA
Botanic Walk link to Riverside Walk Closed Closed for wet season  NA
4 Mile (via John Hauser Drive)
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan. NA
Boat ramp OpenUse with caution - flood water 
Riverside walk to 4 Mile Closed Closed for wet season from 30/12/2016 End of wet season
Canoeing Closed Canoeing closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan  
Wabalarr (via John Hauser Drive)
Riverside walk 4 Mile to Wabalarr Closed Closed for wet season from 23/1/2017 End of wet season
Mulurark (via John Hauser Drive)
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan NA
Riverside walk Wabalarr to Mulurark Closed Closed for wet season from 30/12/2016 TBA
Jalmurark (via John Hauser Drive)/12 Mile
Campground Open  
Boat ramp OpenUse with caution - flood water 
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan NA
Riverside walk Mulurark to Jalmurark/ 12 Mile Closed Closed for wet season from 30/12/2016 TBA
Canoeing Closed   
Korowan–Mataranka Falls (via John Hauser Drive)
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan NA
Riverside walk to Mataranka Falls Closed Closed for wet season from 17/11/2016 End of wet season

Phone: (08) 8975 0888

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Judbarra / Gregory National Park Open   NA
Sullivan Campground on Victoria Highway Open   NA
Victoria Gorge Access Open  NA
Escarpment Walk Open   NA
Old Victoria Road Crossing ClosedWet season damage to access track NA
Joe Creek and Nawilbinbin Walk Open   NA
Big Horse Campground Closed Temporarily closed for visitor safety 
Big Horse Boat Ramp Open  
Gregory's Tree Open   NA
Bullita Access Road Open  NA
Bullita Homestead and campground Open  NA
Limestone Gorge Campground Open  NA
Limestone Gorge – Calcite Flow Walk Open  NA
4WD tracks
Humbert Track Closed   NA
Tuwakam Track Closed             NA
Bullita Stock Route Closed              NA
Wickham Track Closed  NA
Broadarrow Track Closed  NA
Gibbie Creek Track Closed  NA

Phone: (08) 9167 8827

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Keep River National Park Open Access is limited to the Information centre and Cockatoo Billabong. 
Information Centre Open Please be aware of surface water over the road and drive with care. 
Cockatoo Billabong Open Please be aware of surface water over the road and drive with care. 
Ginger's Hill Walk Closed Expected reopening is March/April 2017 
Jinumum Walk Closed Expected reopening is March/April 2017 
Jarnem Campground Closed Expected reopening is March/April 2017 
Jarnem walks
Nigli Gap Closed Expected reopening is March/April 2017 
Lookout walk Closed Expected reopening is March/April 2017 
Loop walk ClosedExpected reopening is March/April 2017

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Pt Roper Road Closed Closed for wet season NA
Number 1 Landing Public Boat Ramp (corner of Pt Roper Road)

Open 
4WD high clearance only

Motorists advised to drive with care NA

Please note that access to Limmen Bight Marine Park via Limmen Bight River can only be accessed through the private boat ramp owned by Limmen Bight Fishing Camp. Closed for wet season.

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Limmen National Park Open  
Port Roper Road Closed Closed for wet season NA
Nathan River Road OpenRoad has not been graded, high clearence 4WD only. NA
Ryans Bend Road Open
4WD High Clearance Only 
Check Road Report Website NA
Butterfly Falls Open                                    NA
Southern Lost City Closed Track is closed due to track conditionsTBA
Western Lost City Closed Track is closed due to track conditionsTBA
Munbililla Campground – Tomato Island Open by road
Open by river
 NA
Towns River Public Boat Ramp, corner of The Savannah Way Open                                 NA

Phone: (08) 8972 1886

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Nitmiluk National Park Open   NA
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges one Closed            Closed for the wetJune 2017
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges two and three. Closed            Closed for the wetJune 2017
Swimming in Katherine River: Gorges 4 upwardsClosedClosed for the wetJune 2017
Canoeing gorges two and three (half day and full day)  Closed         Closed for the wet June 2017
Overnight canoeing gorges four and upwards Closed            Closed for the wet May 2017 
Jatbula Trail Closed Bookings required. Bookings taken from November for the following year. PWC Permits office on (08) 89994486 Please book online. April 2017
Northern Rockhole Swimming Closed   May 2017 
Southern Rockhole – swimming Open  
Baruwei Loop Walk Open  NA
Boat tours Open 1st and 2nd gorge. Please contact Nitmiluk Tours for boat tours on 1300 146 743 or visit http://www.nitmiluktours.com.au/. NA
Southern walks
Windolf Walk Open  
Butterfly Gorge Walk Open           

Butterfly Gorge walk via the Yambi and Waleka Trails is open. The Waleka walk from Butterfly Gorge onwards to Lily Ponds, Smitt Rock and 8 th Gorge is closed

NA
Lily Ponds Walk Open   NA
Lily Ponds – swimming at river ClosedClosed for the wet season June 2017
Lily Pond Waterfall – swimming Open         
Dunlop Swamp – camping Open  
Smitt Rock Walk OpenUpper campground only- no swimming in river. Access to Smitt Rock is via the Yambi Walk only. 
Jawoyn Valley Walk Closed Closed due to weather conditionsApril 2017
Eighth Gorge Closed Closed due to weather conditionsApril 2017
Waleka Walk (Pats Lookout to Butterfly Gorge) Open   
Waleka Walk ( Butterfly Gorge to 8th Gorge)ClosedClosed due to weather conditions. The Waleka walk from Butterfly Gorge onwards to Lily Ponds, Smitt Rock and 8th Gorge is closedApril 2017
Leliyn (Edith Falls)
Edith Falls Open   NA
Leliyn Loop Walk Open  
Sweetwater Walk Open NA
Sweetwater swimming Open NA
Swimming in plunge pool Closed Swimming closed due to river rise April/May 2017
Swimming in upper pool Open  
Campground Open Campground now has phone contact: (08) 8972 2884  (phone bookings are not available) NA

Last updated: 18 April 2017