Campground bookings for Central Valley - Litchfield National Park

To camp at Central Valley campground 1, you must have a booking to enter.

Campgrounds 2 and 3 are closed.

Due to seasonal changes, you can usually only access Central Valley between May and November.

Access outside these months is subject to weather so you should check road conditions before you travel.

How to get there

You will need high clearance 4WD to visit.

The campground is 142 km southwest of Darwin.

By road, you can travel to Central Valley via Litchfield National Park:

  • using the roads from the town of Batchelor or
  • via Cox Peninsula Road and Litchfield Park Road.

Once you're in Litchfield National Park, continue on the Litchfield Park Road and then turn off onto the Lost City track. Access beyond this point is key access only.

You must then travel on the unsealed road to Central Valley until reaching the Escarpment Lookout, then turn onto track 1 that takes you to campground 1.

Get the Litchfield National Park Central Valley location map PDF (239.8 KB)

Seasonal road closures do occur.

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Before applying for a booking to access, make sure you understand all the rules and guidelines for safety, comfort and permits in parks and reserves.

Booking rules

Before you visit, you must make sure you're aware of the following conditions:

  • booking is via a locked gate
  • high clearance 4WD vehicles are required and camper trailers are permitted
  • only one booking per campsite
  • only one vehicle and trailer per campsite
  • you can only have six people per campsite
  • you can only reserve one visit at a time
  • you can stay up to 14 nights and must leave your site by 10am on your final day.
  • you can make a reservation only three months in advance of the month you wish to visit
  • a booking only allows direct access to, from, and into campground 1
  • you must return from a visit to the park before you can book another trip
  • closed during the wet season

If your group is from a club, association, school group or non-profit organisation, you must have 'all risks' public liability insurance of more than $10 million.

Activities that are not allowed

This booking does not allow commercial:

If you plan to camp at the Central Valley, you must follow these steps:

Step 1. Contact the permits office to find out about availability and access.

Step 2. Fill in the below booking application with the available dates provided to you by the permits office:

Central Valley campground 1 booking application PDF (671.3 KB)
Central Valley campground 1 booking application DOCX (275.8 KB)

Step 3. Submit your application to the permits office in Millner and pay your application fee.

After you have emailed your application, you will be contacted by a staff member via email or phone to:

  • confirm your booking or
  • let you know of any issues (e.g. booked out).

Collecting access key and deposit

Before you travel, you must make sure you collect your access key from the Parks and Wildlife offices in Milner or Katherine.

You can only collect the access key during business hours. You must do this one day before the date on your permit.

To collect the keys, bring your photo ID and the $250 key deposit to your local office.

The deposit can be paid by credit card or cash.

Returning access key and deposit

You must return the key within three days of the expiry date of your permit.

You won't get your key deposit back and you may not use the Central Valley campgrounds again if you:

  • return the key late
  • don't return the key
  • leave the key at the park
  • damage the key.

This is a category D campground.

The following fees must be paid at the time you apply for a booking:

  • $20 per adult
  • $10 per child (5 to 17 years)
  • $50 per family (2 adults and 4 children).

You and anyone in your group must follow the rules below when visiting campground 1.

Camping rules

When visiting, remember these camping rules:

  • move into a campsite after 11 am on the day you arrive
  • move out of your campsite before 10am on the day you're leaving
  • small camp fires are only allowed in designated fireplaces at each campsite
  • bring your own firewood or collect along the road into Central Valley, but not in the campground and surrounds
  • use your own gas stove and/or the fire pit provided for cooking at your campsite.

The following is not permitted:

  • generators
  • caravans - 4WD camper trailers are allowed.

Rules for vehicles

You should follow these rules when you're entering the park, in the park and leaving the park:

  • before you enter, clean your vehicle to prevent the spread of weeds or cane toads
  • your vehicle must be well maintained and equipped

The following is not permitted:

  • motorbikes
  • trail bikes
  • quad bikes and similar vehicles.

Campground 1 gate is to be locked at all times.

What you cannot bring

You must not bring any of the following into the park:

  • pets including dogs - guide dogs are allowed with appropriate certification
  • firearms or ammunition
  • explosives
  • hunting bows or crossbows
  • any weapon
  • animal poison or bait
  • nets and traps
  • drones unless permit.

Campground 1 is located beside the East Reynolds River in Central Valley.

Get a map of the campgrounds:

Central Valley campground map PDF (261.9 KB)

There are 10 unpowered drive-in designated camping sites for 4WD vehicles towing 4WD camper trailers only.

Pit toilets are located in the campground.

No showers or water are supplied.

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

  • swim only in designated areas
  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, insect repellent and sunscreen
  • wear suitable clothing and footwear
  • carry a first aid kit
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • take note of locations of emergency call devices
  • make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and equipped
  • beware of theft, lock vehicles and secure valuables.

Do not sit on bare ground or grass as scrub typhus is transmitted by microscopic bush mites on grasses and bushes. Read more on scrub typhus.

You should only swim in designated areas.

Emergency contacts

Rangers patrol the area and are stationed in this National Park.

Call 08 8999 3973 or 08 8999 3947.

The nearest health centre is at Batchelor. Call 08 8976 0011, Monday to Friday during work hours.

You can also contact emergency services by calling 000.


Last updated: 08 September 2021

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