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Territory Parks and Reserves

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Photo Credit: Shaana McNaught 2012

From today Parks and Wildlife Commission has confirmed that Territory campgrounds, multi-day walks and high-use day areas that encourage groups to gather, will be closed due to the COVID-19 pracautions. This will come in effect from 5pm Thursday 26 March 2020.  

This decision has been made by the Commission after consultation and approval from the Chief Health Officer and the Commissioner of Police.

In the interests of supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the community, areas such as Casuarina Coastal Reserve and the Alice Springs Telegraph Station will remain open so that bushwalking, birdwatching, mountain bike riding and other daytime solo or small-group self-guided activity can occur.

Effective today the following will be closed:

  • High-use day use areas including swimming holes and day use areas that have traditionally seen very high numbers over weekends and holidays such as Bitter Springs at Elsey National Park and Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park.
  • Multiday walks
  • All camp grounds

Associated Camp Ground Host, Darwin Junior Ranger and April School Holiday programs will be discontinued for 2020. The NT Parks Alive program will be postponed until July 2020 to be reassessed.

Closer to Darwin:

  • The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens will remain open.
  • The Territory Wildlife Park will remain open to self-guided visitors.
    • Guided activities will be steadily reduced and discontinued.
    • The cafĂ© will remain open as takeaway only.

Some National Parks will be entirely closed to protect nearby remote communities. To check if a Park or Reserve is open, go to https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/plan-your-visit