Your safety and permits in parks

This page has information about rules, safety and permits for parks and reserves in the Northern Territory (NT).

Visiting parks

Parks and reserves in the NT may close at short notice due to seasonal conditions such as flooding or bush fires.

You should drive only on marked roads or in parking and camping areas and observe all park signs. 

Follow the directions of park staff or authorities.

Do not bring anything that is a fire or health hazard or a danger to people, plants or animals. 

Please remember not to make excess noise, annoy or offend other park users, or interfere with any sacred site, protected area, rock art or artefact.

Litter and waste

If bins are not provided you should carry all your litter out of the park or reserve and dispose of it correctly.

If there is no toilet, bury faeces (human waste) and leave no trace of being in the area. 

Animals and plants in parks

To protect parks, please do not:

  • pick fruit or flowers or damage plants
  • feed, handle or disturb native animals
  • disturb the nest or living place of a native animal
  • dig or disturb soil or stones or other natural material
  • remove, mark or damage plants.

The Territory Parks and Wildlife Act and conservation by-laws protect parks and reserves and fines apply.


Camp only in marked camping areas.

Pay camp fees and place the envelope in the camp fee box provided, or pay the campground manager.

Show consideration for your fellow campers.


If fires are allowed in a park please observe the following:

  • collect deadwood only from areas where collection is allowed
  • light fires only in fireplaces and keep them small
  • use fires only for cooking or warmth
  • put fires out after use. 

Crocodiles and jellyfish safety

You should be aware of saltwater crocodiles and box jellyfish, especially when launching or landing your boat.

You should carry vinegar to treat box jellyfish stings.

Read more about crocodile safety

Read more about stinger or box jellyfish safety.

Safety and comfort

When you visit parks please remember to:

  • avoid heavy activity and long walks in the heat of the day
  • protect yourself from mosquitoes and midges - wear long, loose clothing and use insect repellent
  • bring an insect-proof tent
  • wear suitable clothing and footwear, a shady hat and sunscreen
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • carry enough food and fuel
  • carry a first-aid kit and communication equipment - consider a satellite phone or personal locator beacon as there may be no mobile phone signal
  • carry navigation aids to safely complete extended walks.

Read more about protecting yourself against mosquitoes

Rules for park permits

If you applied for a permit or have a permit for an activity in a park or reserve you must know all of the following it can take more than five days to get a permit so plan ahead.

You will receive a permit only when Parks and Wildlife receives your payment. 

Getting a permit for a park jointly managed by traditional owners can sometimes take longer.

The government can deny your permit or give you a permit with conditions.

Your permit can be used only during the times written on the permit.

When you enter the park you must stick to the plan you made in your permit. You must make sure everyone in your group understands the permit conditions.

If you want to do something in a park or reserve that is not a normal recreational activity contact the Parks and Wildlife Commission concessions and permits office to find out if you need a permit.

Displaying your permit

Your permit should be clearly visible on the dashboard of your vehicle. You can also carry your permit with you.

Only one permit sticker is allowed on each vehicle.

If authorities ask to see your permit you must show it to them.

What your permit does not allow

You must not use any road that is closed or blocked by fences, gates or signs, unless it is allowed by a permit.

Permits do not allow you to enter Aboriginal homes, outstations, or any site that is significant to Aboriginal people - you must be invited to enter those areas.

A permit does not give you the right to be the only person using an area.

Permits can be cancelled

Permits can be cancelled due to wet weather or ceremonies by traditional owners.

Permits may be cancelled at any time.

Your permit can be cancelled if you or anyone in your group breaks any of the rules.

If your permit is cancelled because you broke rules, you normally won't get a refund.

Last updated: 04 March 2016

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