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.

Barranyi (North Island) National Park

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

Caranbirini Conservation Reserve

Phone: (08) 8975 8792

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Caranbirini Conservation Reserve OpenCheck NT Road Report regarding road closuresNA
Jagududgu Loop Walk Open          NA
Barrawulla Loop Walk Open NA

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park

Nitmiluk Tours phone: 1300 146 743

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park OpenAll facilities and guided cave tours are open to the public.Friday 30 March 2018

Elsey National Park

Phone: (08) 8975 4560

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Elsey National Park Open  
Park access
Martins Road Open  
Homestead Road Open  
John Hauser Drive Open  
Bitter Springs (via Martins Road)
Swimming       Open  
Loop walk Open  
Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool (via Homestead Road)
Swimming in Mataranka Thermal PoolOpen

Swimming in Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool is not permitted.

 
Riverside walk to Stevie's Hole Open  
Stevie's Hole (via Thermal Pool)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Walking TracksOpen  
Botanic Walk (via John Hauser Drive)
Loop walk Open  
Riverside Walk Open  
4 Mile (via John Hauser Drive)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 
Boat ramp Open  
Riverside walk to 4 Mile Open  
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 seasonJune 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 ClosedRiver access loop walk is openJune 2018, weather dependent
Jalmurark (via John Hauser Drive)/12 Mile
Campground Open  
Boat ramp Open  
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 seasonJune 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 Open 

Giwining / Flora River Nature Park

Phone: (08) 8973 8888

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Giwining / Flora River Nature Park OpenPark is open to the Lorrngorl campgrounds only including the Djarrung and Kathleen Falls walksNA

Judbarra / Gregory National Park

Phone: (08) 8975 0888

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Judbarra / Gregory National Park Open   
Sullivan Campground on Victoria Highway Open   
Victoria Gorge Access Open   
Escarpment Walk Open   
Old Victoria Road Crossing Open   
Joe Creek and Nawilbinbin Walk Open  
Big Horse Campground Open   
Big Horse Boat Ramp Open   
Gregory's Tree Open   
Bullita Access Road Open  
Bullita Homestead and campground Open  
Limestone Gorge Campground Open  
Limestone Gorge – Calcite Flow Walk Open  
4WD tracks
Humbert Track Open  
Tuwakam Track Open  
Bullita Stock Route Open  
Wickham Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening during June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Broadarrow Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening during June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Gibbie Creek Track Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening during June 2018, dependent on weather conditions

Keep River National Park

Phone: (08) 9167 8827

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Keep River National Park OpenUnsealed roads subject to dust, loose gravel an corrugation, please drive carefully 
Information Centre Open2WD access suitable, 4WD recommended 
Cockatoo Billabong Open2WD access suitable, 4WD recommended 
Ginger's Hill Walk Open2WD access suitable, 4WD recommended 
Jenemoom Walk Open4WD access recommended due to a sandy creek crossing and washouts on section of Park access road 
Goorandalng Loop WalkOpen4WD access recommended due to a sandy creek crossing and washouts on section of Park access road 
Goorandalng campgroundOpen4WD access recommended due to a sandy creek crossing and washouts on section of Park access road 
Jarnem Campground Open2WD access suitable, 4WD recommended 
Jarnem walks
Nigli Gap Open  
Lookout walk Open  
Loop walk Open 

Limmen Bight Marine Park

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.

Limmen National Park

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sitesAccessComments Forecast opening
Limmen National Park Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Drive with care - road recently graded, some areas of bulldust and corrugationNA
Port Roper Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Drive with care - road recently graded, some areas of bulldust and corrugationNA
Nathan River Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Max GVM 4.5T Drive with care - road recently graded, some areas of bulldust and corrugationNA
Ryans Bend Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Max GVM 4.5T  NA
Butterfly Falls Open - High Clearance 4WD Only  NA
Southern Lost City Open - High Clearance 4WD Only  NA
Western Lost City OpenHigh clearance four wheel drive only, gate access  via code collected from Nathan River Ranger station TBA
Munbililla Campground – Tomato Island Open - High Clearance 4WD Only   NA
Towns River Public Boat Ramp, corner of The Savannah Way Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Drive with care - road damage with deep washouts and erosion NA

Nitmiluk National Park

Phone: (08) 8973 8821

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Nitmiluk National Park Open   
Swimming in Katherine River: gorge 1 Closed            Closed in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan.Anticipated opening during June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Swimming in Katherine River: gorges 2 and 3Open   
Swimming in Katherine River: gorges 4 upwardsOpen  
Canoeing gorges 2 and 3 (half day and full day)  Open        
Overnight canoeing gorges 4 and upwards Partially open            Gorges 6, 8 and 9 OPEN. The canoe campsite at Smitt Rock (gorge 4) CLOSED for maintenance. 
Jatbula Trail OpenBookings 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.  
Northern Rockhole Walk and Swimming Open  
Southern Rockhole – swimming Open  
Baruwei Loop Walk Open  
Boat tours Open 1st and 2nd gorge tours. Please contact Nitmiluk Tours for boat tours on 1300 146 743 or visit http://www.nitmiluktours.com.au/. 
Southern walks
Windolf Walk Open  
Butterfly Gorge Walk Open              
Lily Ponds Walk Open  
Lily Ponds – swimming at river Open  
Lily Pond Waterfall – swimming Open       
Dunlop Swamp – camping Open  
Smitt Rock Walk Open  
Jawoyn Valley Walk Open  
Eighth Gorge Open  
Waleka Walk (Pats Lookout to Butterfly Gorge) Open   
Waleka Walk ( Butterfly Gorge to 8th Gorge)Open  
Leliyn (Edith Falls)
Edith Falls Open  
Leliyn Loop Walk Open   
Sweetwater Walk Open  
Sweetwater swimming Open  
Swimming in plunge pool Open  
Swimming in upper pool Open  
Campground Open Campground now has phone contact: (08) 8972 2884  (phone bookings are not available). Kiosk also open.

Last updated: 18 June 2018

 
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