Check if a park is open: Alice Springs region

Conditions and access to parks in the Northern Territory (NT) can change at short notice.

Extreme weather conditions can be experienced in the region.

When you plan your trip and before you leave home, you should check:

For more information and condition updates, each area has a phone number you can contact below.

You can also contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs by calling 08 8951 8250.

The office is open from Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm, except for public holidays.

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Phone: 08 8951 8788.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Alice Springs Desert Park Open   -
Cafe Closed 

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Open  -
Reserve Open  -
Historic precinct Open  -
Cafe Open -
Wigley’s Waterhole and Gorge Open  -

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Anna's Reservoir Conservation Reserve OpenSuitable for high clearance 4WD only. Road conditions are poor due to recent flooding.-

Ranger Station: 08 8956 9770.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Arltunga Historical Reserve Open Caution - suitable for high clearance 4WD only. Road condition is poor due to recent flooding.-

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve OpenThere are road works on the Maryvale and Chalmers Pillar Roads.  Visitors may experience delays accessing the park. -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 9765.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Corroboree Rock Conservation Reserve Open   -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 7401

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Finke Gorge National Park OpenDeep sand and river crossings. Recommended for experienced 4WD drivers only.-
Palm Valley access road OpenAccessible to high clearance 4WD only, recommended for experienced 4WDers only-
Palm Valley Campground OpenAccessible to high clearance 4WD only, recommended for experienced 4WDers only-
Finke River 4WD Route (Boggy Hole Track)OpenAccessible to high clearance 4WD only, recommended for experienced 4WDers only-
Boggy Hole OpenAccessible to high clearance 4WD only, recommended for experienced 4WDers only-
Kalarranga WalkOpen -
Mparra WalkOpen -
Arankaia Walk, Palm Valley Open -
Mpulungkinya Walk, Palm Valley Open -

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve OpenRecommended for 4WD vehicles only -
Campground Open  -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 7401

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Illamurta Springs Conservation Reserve Open   -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 9765.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Mac Clark Conservation Reserve Open   -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 9765

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
N'Dhala Gorge Nature Park OpenSuitable for high clearance 4WD only. Road condition is poor due to recent flooding.-
Campground Open -

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Native Gap Conservation Reserve Open   -

Ranger Station phone: 08 8955 0310

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Owen Springs ReserveOpenHigh clearance 4WD only-
Lawrence Gorge Camping Area OpenHigh clearance 4WD only-
Redbank Waterhole OpenHigh clearance 4WD only-

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve OpenSuitable for high clearance 4WD only. Road condition is poor due to recent flooding. -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 9765

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Ruby Gap Nature Park OpenAccessible to high clearance 4WD only, recommended for experienced 4WDers only-

Before you leave home, check road conditions on the NT Government's Road Report website.

To find out more about current conditions in the Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park, contact:

You should also check the status for each activity and site below.

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Birthday Waterhole Closed Inaccessible due to flooding.  
Dolomite Walk Closed Trail currently inaccessible. -
Glen Helen Gorge Open   -
Glen Helen Gorge Walk Open Swimming or wading through cold water may be required -
Finke River Two Mile Open to high clearance 4WD only   -
Hugh Gorge Closed Inaccessible due to flooding.  
Ochre Pits Open   -
Aranda Walk Open   -

Ellery Creek Big Hole

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Ellery Creek Big Hole OpenOpen to high clearance 4WD-

Ormiston Gorge

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Ormiston Gorge Open  -
Ormiston Gorge campground Open  -
Ormiston Gorge Kiosk Open -
Ormiston Pound Walk: Ormiston Gorge Open Swimming through cold water required -

Ghost Gum

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Ghost Gum Lookout Open   -
Ghost Gum Loop Walk  Open Swimming through cold water required -

Redbank Gorge

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Redbank Gorge Open to high clearance 4WD only   -
Redbank Gorge Walk Open Use caution. It may be challenging or impassable due to recent flooding. -

Simpsons Gap

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Simpsons Gap Open   -
Simpsons Gap Bicycle Path Open   -

Serpentine

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Serpentine Gorge Open to high clearance 4WD only   -
Serpentine Chalet Dam Open to high clearance 4WD only   -

Larapinta Trail

Activity / SiteStatusComments Forecast opening
Larapinta Trail Open Hikers must take particular care due to changed conditions. Flooding has caused extensive grass growth, erosion of trail surfaces and the deposition of flood debris. Hikers need to wade and swim through water at several locations. Work is ongoing to repair the trail and improve visibility.

Navigation may be difficult sections. Hikers must be prepared with maps and emergency communication. Download the free Avenza Maps for each section of the trail before you commence your walk. Find out how to get free interactive park maps on your mobile phone and tablet.
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Section 1 - Telegraph Station to Simpsons Gap Open   -
Section 2 - Simpsons Gap to Jay Creek Open   -
Section 3 - Jay Creek to Standley Chasm Open   -
Section 4 - Standley Chasm to Birthday Waterhole Open   -
Section 5 - Birthday Waterhole to Hugh Gorge Open Hikers need to wade and swim through 2 pools of water in Hugh Gorge. There is no alternative route to follow so hikers must be prepared to enter the water and you will need to protect your pack and equipment with a dry sack. -
Section 6 - Hugh Gorge to Ellery Creek Open   -
Section 7 - Ellery Creek to Serpentine Gorge Open   -
Section 8 - Serpentine Gorge to Serpentine Chalet Open   -
Section 9 - Serpentine Chalet to Ormiston Gorge Open   -
Section 10 - Ormiston Gorge to Finke River Open   -
Section 11 - Finke River to Redbank Gorge Open   -
Section 12 - Redbank Gorge to Mt Sonder return Open   -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 7799

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Tnorala (Gosse Bluff) Conservation Reserve OpenThe reserve is open to 4WD vehicles only. -

Ranger Station phone: 08 8956 9765

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Trephina Gorge Nature Park Open -
Walks Open -
Gorge Campground Open -
Bluff Campground Open -
Panorama Campground Open -
John Hayes Rockhole OpenSuitable for high clearance 4WD only. -

Ranger Station: 08 8956 7460

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Watarrka National Park OpenDrive with caution. Sand and debris on road at several locations in the park.-
Kathleen Creek Crossing at Luritja Road Open -
Kings Creek Crossing at Luritja Road (Kings Canyon Resort East) Open -
Kings Canyon Access Road Open -
Kings Canyon Picnic area Open -
Kings Canyon Rim Walk Open with conditionsWhen temperatures are forecast to be 36°C or above, you need to start your walk before 9am. Check the Bureau of Meteorology forecast before you head out. Read about how to stay safe in the heat.-
South Wall Return Walk Open with conditionsWhen temperatures are forecast to be 36°C or above, you need to start your walk before 9am. Check the Bureau of Meteorology forecast before you head out. Read about how to stay safe in the heat.-
Kings Creek Walk Open -
Kathleen Springs Walk Open -
Giles TrackOpenOvernight camping at Reedy Creek Campground, booking required via the Parks Booking System-

Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013.

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Yeperenye / Emily and Jessie Gaps Nature Park OpenCaution - road and trail conditions are poor in some areas due to recent flooding. -

Last updated: 29 April 2022

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