Safety and rules in parks and reserves
Parks and reserves in the Northern Territory (NT) may close at short notice due to seasonal conditions, such as flooding or bushfires.
Before you visit
- check if the park is open
- check the Road Report website before driving
- get Avenza Maps for free interactive park maps on your mobile phone or tablet.
Safety and comfort
When you visit parks, 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
- not bring anything that is a fire or health hazard or a danger to people, plants or animals
- read all crocodile warnings and park safety signs
- avoid heavy activity and long walks in the heat of the day – find out how to stay safe in the heat in parks
- protect yourself against mosquitoes
- bring an insect-proof tent if you’re camping
- wear suitable clothing and footwear, a shady hat and sunscreen
- bring and drink plenty of water
- bring enough food and fuel
- pack a first-aid kit
- bring communication equipment - consider a satellite phone or personal locator beacon as there may be no mobile phone signal
- bring navigation aids to safely complete extended walks.
You shouldn't make excess noise, annoy or offend other park users, or interfere with any sacred site, protected area, rock art or artefact.
If you’re walking or hiking, read bushwalking and hiking safety.
Rubbish and waste
If bins are not provided, you should carry all your rubbish 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
To protect parks, don’t:
- 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
- use nets, traps and firearms.
You must also check the rules for:
- pets before taking them - most parks don’t allow them
- fishing - be aware of all fishing rules and laws.
The Territory Parks and Wildlife Act and conservation by-laws protect parks and reserves and fines apply.
Camping and fires
Read about camping safety and rules.
If fires are allowed in a park, you should:
- collect firewood only from areas where collection is allowed
- light fires only in fire pits and keep them small
- use fires only for cooking or warmth
- put fires out after use.
Swimming, boating and fishing
When swimming, launching or landing your boat, you should be aware of saltwater crocodiles and box jellyfish.
Find out the rules and advice for boating and fishing in parks.
You should carry vinegar to treat box jellyfish stings. Read more about stinger or box jellyfish safety.
You must always be cautious and Be Crocwise.
Flying aircraft and drones
Find out about the rules for flying drones in parks.
Permits for activities
For other activities such as businesses, tour operators, functions, photography, driving off roads, check permits for parks and reserves.
Last updated: 06 April 2022
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