Park closures due to extreme weather

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture

Visitor safety is paramount. Due to extreme weather conditions affecting the Top End, Territorians and visitors are reminded to always go online to check if a park is open before travelling to our NT parks and reserves.

The following parks and reserves have now been closed for the safety of Territorians and visitors:

Northern Australian Parks – now closed

  • Litchfield National Park – Reynolds 4WD Track including Surprise Creek Falls, Sandy Creek Falls, Table Top walking track and Walker Creek day use area and camping area
  • Butterfly Gorge Nature Park
  • Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park (remains closed)
  • Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park
  • Mary River National Park – Hardies 4WD track area and Delta Block, Point Stuart Coastal Reserve and Wildman 4WD track
  • Territory Wildlife Park

Savanah/Gulf Parks – now closed

  • Nitmiluk National Park – Jatbula Trail and Southern Walks
  • Elsey National Park
  • Judbarra / Gregory National Park

These sites are expected to reopen 31 August 2020, dependent on weather.

Visitors are advised do not rely on physical barriers or park closure signage at the park boundary to check if a park is closed. In emergency circumstances, barriers to park entry may not be in place and signage may not have been installed at all entry points to a park. Always check park access online before you go.

Visitors who are intending to visit NT parks and reserves in areas where extreme weather conditions are forecasted are encouraged to reconsider travel, particularly if planning long walks or bush camping.

If you are visiting or staying in a park or reserve:

  • Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station, and, remembering that you are often out of mobile range on our parks;
  • Be prepared and have a Bushfire Plan;
  • Adhere to all signage in parks and reserves; and
  • If you are asked to leave by a ranger or other authorised personnel, observe all directions and undertake them swiftly.

To find out whether a park is open, go to

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