Limmen National Park

Heat warning

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.

Limmen National Park is a favourite among self-reliant anglers and four-wheel drivers.

There's a community of travellers who come here annually, especially to catch barramundi.

It's perfect for visitors looking for a remote experience in an amazing landscape.

This park has many land and water attractions and is located in the Gulf region of the Northern Territory (NT).

You should bring your walking boots to see the striking sandstone formations of the Southern Lost City and Western Lost City PDF (1.5 MB). You will need a code to get in.

Bird watching enthusiasts can discover extensive birdlife along the rivers and lagoons, while swimmers can head to Butterfly Falls to cool off.

Butterfly Falls is seasonal and can stop flowing in the Dry Season so you may not be able to swim all year round.

Get the Limmen National Park fact sheet and map PDF (963.7 KB).

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Phone: 08 8975 9940

Park sitesAccessComments Forecast opening
Limmen National Park ClosedThe park is inaccessible due to closure of Ryans Bend Road into Limmen National Park. 
Port Roper Road Closed Seasonal closure for weather and safety reasons. Anticipated re-opening April 2021, dependent on weather.
Nathan River Road Sections closedHigh clearance 4WD access to Lorella springs turn off when travelling from the south. High clearance 4WD access to Munbililla when travelling from the North. From Lorella Springs turn-off to Munbililla remains closed. 
Ryans Bend Road OpenHigh clearance 4WD only 
Butterfly Falls Closed Seasonal closures for weather and safety reasons. Anticipated re-opening April 2021, dependent on weather.
Southern Lost City Closed Seasonal closures for weather and safety reasons. Anticipated re-opening April 2021, dependent on weather.
Western Lost City Closed Seasonal closures for weather and safety reasons. Anticipated re-opening May 2021, dependent on weather.
Munbililla – Tomato Island OpenHigh clearance 4WD only 
Towns River Public Boat Ramp, corner of The Savannah Way Closed Seasonal closures for weather and safety reasons. Anticipated re-opening April 2021, dependent on weather.

Seasonal closures. The park may close due to flooding in the Wet Season.

Take the Stuart and Roper Highways in the NT or Carpentaria Highway from Queensland. Follow the Savannah Way into Limmen National Park.

Check road conditions before you leave home.

You can do all of the following activities in the park:

  • swimming
  • boating
  • bushwalking
  • fishing
  • camping
  • four-wheel driving
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit Aboriginal sites.

Download Avenza map app before you leave.

You should have enough fuel and food for your journey. There are no services for 522km between Mataranka and Cape Crawford. Closest fuel to the north of the park is the Urapunga (15km from Roper Bar) or Ngukurr (35km from Roper Bar).

There are very limited fuel supplies at Limmen Bight Fishing Camp and Lorella Springs Wilderness Park.

Get the code to visit the Western Lost City from the Nathan River Ranger Station.

You should bring change for payment of camping fees.

You can camp at Munbililla (Tomato Island), Limmen Bight River, Towns River, Southern Lost City, Butterfly Falls, Didi Baba, Yurrlmundji or Mountain Creek.

There is no pre-booking. Camping fees apply and are payable on-site.

Limmen National Park has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs and display
  • ranger station
  • four-wheel drive track
  • fire pit
  • drinking water
  • public toilets
  • picnic area
  • shelter
  • walking tracks.

When visiting the park, remember all of the following:

  • a permit is required for drone use - conditions apply and it must be obtained prior to your arrival in the park
  • camping fees apply - cash only - no change available onsite
  • put your rubbish in the bin or take it with you
  • cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • pets are not permitted
  • nets, traps and firearms are not permitted
  • don't use soaps and detergents near waterways
  • be careful with fire and light fires only in fireplaces provided
  • camp only in marked camping areas
  • collect fallen timber for firewood on the way to your picnic or campsite
  • chainsaws are not permitted in the park
  • follow fishing laws
  • quad and trail bikes are not permitted off-road in the park
  • only use generators between 7.30am to 8.30pm.

Read about possession limits for fish in the NT.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Limmen National Park by doing all of the following:

  • make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and equipped and take enough fuel
  • stay on marked roads and tracks
  • use free interactive park maps on your mobile phone or tablet
  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • carry a first aid kit
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • do not swim anywhere but Butterfly Falls - there are saltwater crocodiles in all other waterways in Limmen National Park so Be Crocwise at all times.

Phone: 08 8975 9940

Last updated: 05 June 2020

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