Activities and events in parks

Parks and Wildlife rangers and staff host a wide range of activities and events in Territory parks for you to enjoy.

This Parks Alive program runs from May to August every year.

It includes free activities for various ages, fitness and interest levels like:

  • guided walks
  • talks
  • slideshows and spotlight activities.

To stay informed about park activity and upcoming events, like Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife on Facebook.

When you visit Territory parks, make sure you also rate them on the TripAdvisor website.

Find activities and events in your region below or get a printable version for the Top End region PDF (2.6 MB) or Alice Springs region PDF (1.8 MB).

You can join in the following activities and talks in the Darwin region.

Discover Charles Darwin National Park

Take a stroll with a ranger and discover Charles Darwin National Park.

They will capture its fascinating history, unique ecosystems and how its native plants can supply life’s necessities.

When: Wednesday 20 July, 3 August and 17 August - 10:30am to 11:30am.

Where: Meet at the picnic area rotunda.

Howard Springs Nature Park - Spot the Nightshift Guided Nocturnal Walk

Meet a ranger and discover the wildlife inhabitants by torchlight and learn why they are out and about in the dark.

When: Thursday 14 July and 11 August - 7pm to 8pm.

Book your spot on the Eventbrite website and meet at the spot specified in your booking details.

Barra Bites

Join a ranger at Howard Springs Nature Park as they hand feed breakfast to barramundi and turtles in the huge spring-fed pool.

When: Every Saturday from 4 June to 27 August - 10am to 11am.

Where: Meet at the Howard Springs Waterhole.

Berry Springs Nature Park - Crocodile management

Be Crocwise. Join the rangers at Berry Springs Nature Park to discover how they manage crocodiles in the park and across the Top End.

When: Every Sunday from 15 May to 20 August - 11am to 11:45am.

Where: Meet at the main pool amphitheatre.

Litchfield National Park - Termites unearthed

Rangers reveal the fascinating world of termites living in fire-proof fortresses.

When: Every Thursday and Saturday from 28 May to 27 August - 10:30am to 11:30am.

Where: Meet at the termite mounds information shelter, Litchfield Park Rd, Litchfield National Park.

Litchfield unleashed - Slideshow

Go behind the scenes with a ranger to discover some of the extraordinary wildlife that inhabits this unique part of the world.

When: Every Tuesday from 25 May to 24 August - 7pm to 8pm.

Where: Meet at Wangi Falls picnic area shelter.

Bring a chair.

You can join in the following activities and talks in the Tennant Creek region.

Barrow Creek Telegraph Station Open Day

Learn about the history of Barrow Creek Telegraph Station, as part of the 150th anniversary of the overland telegraph line.

During this family-friendly event:

  • historians and authors Stuart Traynor and Andrew Crouch will be giving talks about the local history
  • all buildings will be open for you to wander through and explore.

When: Tuesday 16 August - 10am to 3pm.

Where: Barrow Creek Telegraph Station.

This is a free event with complimentary tea and coffee.

To find out more, go to the Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022 website.

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station - Dinner under the stars

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the overland telegraph line with a dinner under the stars.

During this family-friendly event:

  • there will be a John McDouall Stuart play
  • there will be historic talks, live music, displays, children’s activities and food stalls.
  • you can discover more about the local history.

When: Saturday 20 August - 5pm to 8pm.

Where: Tennant Creek Telegraph Station.

Bring a chair or picnic blanket. You can picnic or purchase food/drinks from the vendor’s onsite.

Entry is by donation which includes a ticket into the lucky door prize.

For more information, go to the Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022 website.

You can join in the following activities and talks in the Alice Springs region.

Play group at Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the overland telegraph line.

Bring your pre-schoolers along with a picnic rug and morning tea/lunch for a:

  • morning of games
  • special visit from ASTC library with story time at 10am.

Suitable for ages 0 to 5 years old.

When: Thursday 11 August - 9am to 12pm.

Where: Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historic Precinct.

Entry is free for locals, entry fees may apply for all other visitors.

To find out more, go to the Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022 website.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Open Day

Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the overland telegraph line.

Find out about the first text messages and how they changed communication in Australia and experience:

  • life as it was in the late 19th century with access to all the historic buildings normally closed for visitors to wander through
  • local displays and exhibits like horse shoeing and damper making
  • family and kids games
  • Competitions - can you grow or make a beard or cook a bully beef stew like it's 1872?
    • There are prizes for best grown beard, best made-up beard and best cooked stew using rations (must include carrots, potatoes, onions and tinned corned beef).
    • Judging is at 1:30pm.

Scouts will be selling sausage and steak sandwiches, soup and cold drinks, or you can buy food from the Trail Station Café.

When: Saturday 13 August - 11am to 3pm.

Where: Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historic Precinct.

Entry is free.

For more information, go to the Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022 website.

Morse code demonstration

Come and experience an active demonstration of a Morse code equipment with telegraphist, Laurie Wallace, member of the SA & NT Morsecodian fraternity.

When: 19 to 27 August 2022 - 10am to 3pm.

Where: Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historic Precinct.

Entry fees may apply.

Come along and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the overland telegraph line.

For more information, go to the Overland Telegraph 150th Anniversary 1872-2022 website.

Finke Gorge National Park - Ranger coffee chat

Join a local ranger for an afternoon cuppa and learn about this unique park.

Find out what the rangers get up to when the river floods and discover what else you can do in the area.

Bring a chair and a snack.

When: Every Saturday from 7 May to 27 August - 3pm to 3:45pm.

Where: Meet at the Palm Valley Campground.

Mystery of the Palms

Join us for a ranger guided walk and be amazed by the Red Cabbage Palms and how they survive in the desert.

When: Every Saturday from 7 May to 27 August - 10:30am to 10:50pm.

Where: Meet at the Palm Valley information shelter (start of Arankaia Walk).

Watarrka National Park - Wonders of Watarrka ranger talk

Join a ranger and learn more about why Watarrka is such an amazing place.

From natural springs to elusive wildlife, this talk is not to be missed.

When: Every Monday and Wednesday from 2 May to 31 August - 3pm to 3:45pm.

Where: Meet at the Kings Canyon shelter (small shelter near the toilets).

Bring a chair.

Trephina Gorge Nature Park - Foods of the desert ranger talk

Come along and learn about traditional bushfoods and medicine plants of Central Australia.

Find out how Aboriginal people survived in this arid environment and discover there is more than meets the eye.

When: Every Saturday from 7 May to 27 August - 10am to 11am.

Where: Meet at the Trephina Gorge information shelter.

Bring a chair.

Simpsons Gap - Secrets of the Gap revealed guided walk

Discover the amazing survival strategies plants and animals use in the desert’s unpredictable climate.

At the end of the walk, see if you can spot the camouflaged Black-footed Rock-wallabies among the rocks.

When: Every Saturday and Monday from 2 May to 29 August - 9am to 9:45am.

Where: Meet at the Simpsons Gap information shelter.

Karlu Karlu - Being a ranger in the Barkly region

Learn about the diverse role of a ranger in the remote Barkly region, from rescuing wildlife to conserving biodiversity.

Find out what there is to see and do in the area and discover that there is more to the marbles than rocks.

When: Every Monday from 6 June to 25 July - 7pm to 8pm.

Where: Meet at the picnic shelter at the western side of the campground.

Bring a chair.

Safety

When you attend an activity, you must:

  • wear a hat, sunscreen and suitable footwear
  • have an adequate supply of drinking water
  • observe COVID-19 and social distancing advice.

You should also get park maps on your mobile phone.

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Last updated: 02 August 2022

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