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 Open  
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 23/1/2017June 2017
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 June 2017
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 June 2017
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 June 2017

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 Open  NA
Joe Creek and Nawilbinbin Walk Open   NA
Big Horse Campground Open NA
Big Horse Boat Ramp Open NA
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 Open  NA
Bullita Stock Route Ope  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 Open to Gingers Hill walk. Be aware that road conditions are rough and heed all traffic hazard markers. 
Information Centre Open   
Cockatoo Billabong Open   
Ginger's Hill Walk Open  
Jinumum Walk Closed Heavy flood damageJune 2017
Goorrandalng Loop WalkOpen  
Goorrandalng campgroundOpen  
Jarnem Campground OpenRoad conditions are loose gravel and rock with bulldust sections. Drivers are advised to drive with caution. 
Jarnem walks
Nigli Gap Closed Track work is in progress fixing excess wet season flood damage.26 May 2017
Lookout walk Closed Track work is in progress fixing excess wet season flood damage.

26 May 2017

Loop walk ClosedTrack work is in progress fixing excess wet season flood damage.26 May 2017

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 
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.

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Limmen National Park Open - High Clearance 4WD Only NA
Port Roper Road

Open - High Clearance 4WD Only

  NA
Nathan River Road Open - High Clearance 4WD OnlyRoad is currently being graded. NA
Ryans Bend Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only    NA
Butterfly Falls Open - High Clearance 4WD Only  NA
Southern Lost City Open - High Clearance 4WD Only NA
Western Lost City Closed Closed due to track conditionsTBA
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  NA

Phone: (08) 8972 1886

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Nitmiluk National Park Open   NA
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges one Closed            Closed until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management PlanJune 2017
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges two and three. Closed            Closed until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management PlanJune 2017
Swimming in Katherine River: Gorges 4 upwardsClosedClosed until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management PlanJune 2017
Canoeing gorges two and three (half day and full day)  Closed         Closed until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan June 2017
Overnight canoeing gorges four and upwards Closed            Closed until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan June 2017 
Jatbula Trail Open Bookings required. Bookings taken from November for the following year. PWC Permits office on (08) 89994486 Please book online.  
Northern Rockhole Swimming Closed Closed until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan June 2017 
Southern Rockhole – swimming Open  
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 until crocodile surveys have been completed, in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan 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 for maintenanceMay 2017
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   NA
Leliyn Loop Walk Open  
Sweetwater Walk Open NA
Sweetwater swimming Open NA
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) NA

Last updated: 19 May 2017