Check if a park is open: Katherine region

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

You should check this page when you plan your trip to the Katherine region and before you depart for any national park or reserve. 

Each area has a phone number you can contact for more information and condition updates.

For NT road conditions check the government's Road Report website before you leave home.

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Phone: (08) 8975 8792

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Barranyi (North Island) National Park Open NA NA
Paradice Bay Campground Open Bring drinking water NA
Paradice Bay Loop Walk Track Open NA NA

Phone: (08) 8975 8792

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Caranbirini Conservation Reserve Open  
Jagududgu Loop Walk Open           
Barrawulla Loop Walk Open         

Nitmiluk Tours phone: 1300 146 743

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park OpenFrom 1 November, tours will run at 9:00am and 10:00am

Phone: (08) 8975 4560

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Elsey National Park Open

Park access
Martins Road Open

Homestead Road Open

John Hauser Drive Open

Bitter Springs (via Martins Road)
Swimming       OpenSwimming will remain open but access to swim entries will be restricted due to upgrade works in the area.
Loop walk Open - with cautionTrack upgrade works will close sections of the walking track and some swimming access points will be closed. Detours and signage will be in place. Please follow directions and signage for safety.Works due to finish 23 November 2017.
Mataranka Thermal Pool and Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool (via Homestead Road)
Swimming in Mataranka Thermal PoolOpen

Swimming in Rainbow Spring Thermal Pool is not permitted.


Riverside walk to Stevie's Hole Open

Stevie's Hole (via Thermal Pool)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Walking TracksOpen

Botanic Walk (via John Hauser Drive)
Loop walk Open

Botanic Walk link to Riverside Walk Open

4 Mile (via John Hauser Drive)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Boat ramp Open

Riverside walk to 4 Mile Open

CanoeingClosedCanoeing closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Wabalarr (via John Hauser Drive)
Riverside walk 4 Mile to Wabalarr Open

Mulurark (via John Hauser Drive)
SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Riverside walk Wabalarr to Mulurark Open

Jalmurark (via John Hauser Drive)/12 Mile
Campground Open

Boat ramp Open

SwimmingClosedSwimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Riverside walk Mulurark to Jalmurark/ 12 Mile Open

CanoeingClosedCanoeing closed in accordance with Draft Elsey National Park Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Korowan–Mataranka Falls (via John Hauser Drive)
Swimming Closed Swimming closed in accordance with Draft Elsey NP Saltwater Crocodile Risk Management Plan
Riverside walk to Mataranka Falls ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditions.Anticipated opening May 2018, dependent on weather condition

Phone: (08) 8973 8888

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Giwining / Flora River Nature Park OpenOpen to the Lorrngorl Campgrounds only, including the Djurrung and Kathleen Falls walks.
Djurrung road leading to the Park has significant sections of bulldust and careful driving techniques are advised. There is a road crew currently working in the area, including the Park, fixing sections of the Djurrung road.
NA

Phone: (08) 8975 0888

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Judbarra / Gregory National Park Open
NA
Sullivan Campground on Victoria Highway Open
NA
Victoria Gorge Access Open
NA
Escarpment Walk Open
NA
Old Victoria Road Crossing Open
NA
Joe Creek and Nawilbinbin Walk Open
NA
Big Horse Campground Open
NA
Big Horse Boat Ramp Open
NA
Gregory's Tree Open
NA
Bullita Access Road Open
NA
Bullita Homestead and campground Open
NA
Limestone Gorge Campground ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Limestone Gorge – Calcite Flow Walk Open
NA
4WD tracks
Humbert Track ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions             
Tuwakam Track ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions             
Bullita Stock Route ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions             
Wickham Track ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions             
Broadarrow Track ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will then remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Gibbie Creek Track ClosedClosed due to heavy rainfall, and will remain closed for the duration of the wet season.April 2018, dependent on weather conditions

Phone: (08) 9167 8827

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Keep River National Park Open Road conditions are loose gravel and rock with bulldust section. Drivers are advised to drive with caution.
4WD Access recommended due to surface water on sections of road of north of Gurrandalng. 
 
Information Centre Open High clearance 2WD access recommended, due to surface water on sections of park access roadNA
Cockatoo Billabong Open High clearance 2WD access recommendedNA
Ginger's Hill Walk OpenHigh clearance 2WD access recommendedNA
Jinumum Walk Closed NA
Goorrandalng Loop WalkClosed NA
Goorrandalng campgroundClosed NA
Jarnem Campground Closed NA
Jarnem walks
Nigli Gap Open NA
Lookout walk Open NA
Loop walk Open NA

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Pt Roper Road Open - High clearance 4WD Only  NA
Number 1 Landing Public Boat Ramp (corner of Pt Roper Road)

Open  - High Clearance 4WD Only

Motorists advised to drive with care NA

Please note that access to Limmen Bight Marine Park via Limmen Bight River can only be accessed through the private boat ramp owned by Limmen Bight Fishing Camp.

Phone: (08) 8975 9940

Park sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Limmen National Park Open - High Clearance 4WD OnlyPlease drive to conditions, some sections of corrugations and bull dust on the road.NA
Port Roper Road

Open - High Clearance 4WD Only


NA
Nathan River Road Open - High Clearance 4WD OnlyRoad is currently being graded NA
Ryans Bend Road Open - High Clearance 4WD Only 
NA
Butterfly Falls Open - High Clearance 4WD Only
NA
Southern Lost City Open - High Clearance 4WD Only
NA
Western Lost City ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to the wet weather conditions. Anticipated opening May 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Munbililla Campground – Tomato Island Open - High Clearance 4WD Only  
NA
Towns River Public Boat Ramp, corner of The Savannah Way Open - High Clearance 4WD Only
NA

Phone: (08) 8972 1886

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast opening
Nitmiluk National Park Open
NA
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges one Closed            Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Swimming in Katherine River – gorges two and threeClosed            Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Swimming in Katherine River: Gorges 4 upwardsClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Canoeing gorges two and three (half day and full day)  Closed      Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions           
Overnight canoeing gorges four and upwards Closed            Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions            
Jatbula Trail Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditions.

Bookings required. Bookings taken from November for the following year. PWC Permits office on (08) 89994486 Please book online. Permit required for out of season walks from October 1 to May 31.
Anticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Northern Rockhole Walk and Swimming ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening May 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Southern Rockhole – swimming Open
NA
Baruwei Loop Walk Open
NA
Boat tours Open 1st, 2nd and 3rd gorge tours. Please contact Nitmiluk Tours for boat tours on 1300 146 743 or visit http://www.nitmiluktours.com.au/. NA
Southern walks
Windolf Walk Open

Butterfly Gorge Walk Open           

Butterfly Gorge walk via the Yambi and Waleka Trails is open.

NA
Lily Ponds Walk Open
NA
Lily Ponds – swimming at river ClosedClosed for the duration of the wet season due to wet weather conditionsAnticipated opening June 2018, dependent on weather conditions
Lily Pond Waterfall – swimming Open       
NA
Dunlop Swamp – camping Open
NA
Smitt Rock Walk Open
NA
Jawoyn Valley Walk Open
NA
Eighth Gorge Open
NA
Waleka Walk (Pats Lookout to Butterfly Gorge) Open
NA
Waleka Walk ( Butterfly Gorge to 8th Gorge)Open
NA
Leliyn (Edith Falls)
Edith Falls Open
NA
Leliyn Loop Walk Open
NA
Sweetwater Walk Open
NA
Sweetwater swimming Open
NA
Swimming in plunge pool Open
NA
Swimming in upper pool Open
NA
Campground Open Campground now has phone contact: (08) 8972 2884  (phone bookings are not available) NA

Last updated: 22 November 2017