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 OpenCheck NT Road Report regarding road closuresNA
Jagududgu Loop Walk Closed         Closed for the wet seasonApril/May 2018
Barrawulla Loop Walk Closed     Closed for the wet seasonApril/May 2018

Nitmiluk Tours phone: 1300 146 743

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park ClosedClosed in accordance with Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation By-Law 6 and the Caves / Flora Sector Emergency Response Manual 2017April 2018

Phone: (08) 8975 4560

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Elsey National Park Open  
Park access
Martins Road Closed  
Homestead Road Closed  
John Hauser Drive Open  
Bitter Springs (via Martins Road)
Swimming       ClosedSwimming closed in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management PlanDependent on weather
Loop walk Closed  
Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool (via Homestead Road)
Swimming in Mataranka Thermal PoolClosed

Swimming in Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool is not permitted.

When water levels recede
Riverside walk to Stevie's Hole ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent
Stevie's Hole (via Thermal Pool)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Walking TracksClosed  
Botanic Walk (via John Hauser Drive)
Loop walk Closed  
Botanic Walk link to Riverside Walk ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent
4 Mile (via John Hauser Drive)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Boat ramp Closed  
Riverside walk to 4 Mile ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent
CanoeingClosedCanoeing closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Wabalarr (via John Hauser Drive)
Riverside walk 4 Mile to Wabalarr ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent
Mulurark (via John Hauser Drive)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Riverside walk Wabalarr to Mulurark ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent
Jalmurark (via John Hauser Drive)/12 Mile
Campground Closed  
Boat ramp OpenLaunch boats with caution due to strong currents and mud on boat ramp. 
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Riverside walk Mulurark to Jalmurark/ 12 Mile ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent
CanoeingClosedCanoeing closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Korowan–Mataranka Falls (via John Hauser Drive)
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan  
Riverside walk to Mataranka Falls ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet seasonMay 2018, weather dependent

Phone: (08) 8973 8888

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Giwining / Flora River Nature Park ClosedClosed for the wet season in line with By Law 6 and the Caves/ Flora Sector Emergency Response Manual 2017.April / May 2018

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 Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season Anticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Escarpment Walk Open   NA
Old Victoria Road Crossing Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season Anticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Joe Creek and Nawilbinbin Walk Closed   Week of 15 to 19 Jan, depending on weather conditions
Big Horse Campground Open   NA
Big Horse Boat Ramp Open   NA
Gregory's Tree Open   NA
Bullita Access Road Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season Anticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Bullita Homestead and campground Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Limestone Gorge Campground Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Limestone Gorge – Calcite Flow Walk Closed Closed for safety reason for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
4WD tracks
Humbert Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Tuwakam Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Bullita Stock Route Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Wickham Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Broadarrow Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Gibbie Creek Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions

Phone: (08) 9167 8827

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Keep River National Park ClosedDue to wet weather conditions 
Information Centre ClosedAccess to the information centre and Ranger station is restricted due rainfall in the area. mid-late week, week of 15 January 2018
Cockatoo Billabong ClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Ginger's Hill Walk ClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Jenemoom Walk ClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Goorrandalng Loop WalkClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Goorrandalng campgroundClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, depended on weather conditions
Jarnem Campground ClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Jarnem walks
Nigli Gap Open NA
Lookout walk Open NA
Loop walk Open NA

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Pt Roper Road Open - High clearance 4WD Only  NA
Number 1 Landing Public Boat Ramp (corner of Pt Roper Road)

Open  - High Clearance 4WD 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.

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Limmen National Park Open - High Clearance 4WD OnlyPlease drive to conditions, some sections of corrugations and bull dust on the road. 
Port Roper Road

Closed

Road flooded due to wet season rainfallWhen water levels recede
Nathan River Road ClosedRoad flooded due to wet season rainfallWhen water levels recede
Ryans Bend Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only  Check the NT Road Report website for more information.NA
Butterfly Falls ClosedRoad flooded due to wet season rainfallWhen water levels recede
Southern Lost City ClosedRoad flooded due to wet season rainfallWhen water levels recede
Western Lost City ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to the wet weather conditions. Anticipated opening May 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Munbililla Campground – Tomato Island OpenAccess via boat onlyNA
Towns River Public Boat Ramp, corner of The Savannah Way ClosedRoad flooded due to wet season rainfallWhen water levels recede

Phone: (08) 8972 1886

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Nitmiluk National Park Open   
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges one Closed            Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges two and threeClosed            Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Swimming in Katherine River: Gorges 4 upwardsClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Canoeing gorges two and three (half day and full day)  Closed      Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions           
Overnight canoeing gorges four and upwards Closed            Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions            
Jatbula Trail Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditions.

Bookings required. Bookings taken from November for the following year. PWC Permits office on (08) 89994486 Please book online. Permit required for out of season walks from October 1 to May 31.
Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Northern Rockhole Walk and Swimming ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening May 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Southern Rockhole – swimming Open NA
Baruwei Loop Walk Open  NA
Boat tours Open 1st, 2nd and 3rd gorge tours. 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.

NA
Lily Ponds Walk Open   NA
Lily Ponds – swimming at river ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Lily Pond Waterfall – swimming Closed     Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsNA
Dunlop Swamp – camping ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsApril 2018
Smitt Rock Walk Closed April 2018
Jawoyn Valley Walk Closed April 2018
Eighth Gorge Closed April 2018
Waleka Walk (Pats Lookout to Butterfly Gorge) Open  NA
Waleka Walk ( Butterfly Gorge to 8th Gorge)Closed April 2018
Leliyn (Edith Falls)
Edith Falls Open NA
Leliyn Loop Walk Open NA
Sweetwater Walk Open NA
Sweetwater swimming OpenSwim with cautionNA
Swimming in plunge pool ClosedSwimming closed due to river riseApril / May 2018
Swimming in upper pool Open NA
Campground Open Campground now has phone contact: (08) 8972 2884  (phone bookings are not available). Kiosk also open. NA

Last updated: 23 February 2018