Arltunga Historical Reserve
Temperatures across the Northern Territory can be very hot between October and March.
It can exceed 40 degrees celsius in some locations. High humidity in the Top End can also make you tire easily.
Check forecast temperatures before you visit. Find out how to prepare and stay safe in the heat.
Arltunga was the site of hope, struggle and mateship for many fortune hunters who came here on foot to find gold.
Born out of a goldrush in 1887, Arltunga was officially Central Australia's first town and once supported up to 300 people.
At the visitor centre you will be introduced to Arltunga's colourful past and wild characters.
You can learn about gold mining in Arltunga and find out how gold used to be extracted.
Walks at the reserve take you through the Government Battery, Cyanide Works, Old Police Station, mines and homes.
You can't fossick here.
- information signs
- ranger station – for emergency contact only
- 4WD roads
- drinking water
- public toilets
- picnic area
- walking tracks.
When visiting the park remember all of the following:
- stay on designated roads and tracks
- all historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
- firewood collection is not permitted in the reserve
- bins are not provided so take your rubbish with you
- pets are not permitted in the reserve.
- observe park safety signs
- carry and drink plenty of water
- wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
- avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
- think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.
Last updated: 20 December 2019