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 Closed          Expected opening end of April
Barrawulla Loop Walk Open 

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 NA
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 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 OpenLaunch boats with caution due to strong currents and mud on boat ramp 
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 Open  
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

Giwining / Flora River Nature Park

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

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 Closed Closed for safety reasons for the duration of the wet season. Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Tuwakam Track Open  
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

Keep River National Park

Phone: (08) 9167 8827

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Keep River National Park Open NA
Information Centre Open2WD access suitableNA
Cockatoo Billabong Open2WD access suitableNA
Ginger's Hill Walk Open2WD access suitableNA
Jenemoom Walk Open4WD access recommended due to a sandy creek crossing and washouts on section of Park access roadNA
Goorandalng Loop WalkOpen4WD access recommended due to a sandy creek crossing and washouts on section of Park access roadNA
Goorandalng campgroundOpen4WD access recommended due to a sandy creek crossing and washouts on section of Park access roadNA
Jarnem Campground ClosedClosed for the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Jarnem walks
Nigli Gap Closed NA
Lookout walk Closed NA
Loop walk Closed NA

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 damage with deep washouts and erosion NA
Port Roper Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Drive with care - road damage with deep washouts and erosion NA
Nathan River Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Max GVM 4.5T Drive with care - road damage with deep washouts and erosion, some water crossings and water across road in places NA
Ryans Bend Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Max GVM 4.5T Drive with care - road damage with deep washouts and erosion, some water crossings and water across road in places NA
Butterfly Falls Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Drive with care - road damage with deep washouts and erosion NA
Southern Lost City Open - High Clearance 4WD OnlyDrive with care - road damage with sections of deep sand, dried wheel ruts and erosion NA
Western Lost City Closed Road flooded due to wet season rainfall TBA
Munbililla Campground – Tomato Island Open - High Clearance 4WD Only Drive with care - road damage with deep washouts and erosion 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) 8972 1886

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Nitmiluk National Park Open   
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges one Closed            Closed in accordance with the Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan.Anticipated 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 April 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 and 2nd 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              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 Open      NA
Dunlop Swamp – camping ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Smitt Rock Walk ClosedClosed due to weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Jawoyn Valley Walk ClosedClosed due to weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Eighth Gorge ClosedClosed due to weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Waleka Walk (Pats Lookout to Butterfly Gorge) Open  NA
Waleka Walk ( Butterfly Gorge to 8th Gorge)ClosedClosed due to weather conditionsAnticipated opening April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
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 ClosedClosed in accordance with Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan.Anticipated opening mid-May 2018, dependent on weather conditions
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 April 2018