Access to our Parks - Darwin Region

Permits may be required to access some parks or to perform certain activities within our parks. Please check the specific park information page, visit our Permits webpage or contact the Parks Permit Office on (08) 8999 4486.

Conditions and access to Parks can change at short notice. We strongly advise checking this site during the planning of your trip as well as before departure.

The responsibility for road closures lies with the Department of Infrastructure, for up to date information on road closures please call 1800 246 199 or visit their website Road Report Website. This site is updated during business hours, Monday to Friday as conditions change.

Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening  
Berry Springs Nature Park Open
All Picnic Areas Open Edit
Pools Closed for Swimming Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening May 2015, dependent on weather conditions Edit
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Butterfly Gorge Nature Park Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening May 2015, dependent on weather conditions
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Casuarina Coastal Reserve
Lee Point Walking Trail Open Edit
Walk from Rocklands Drive to Free Beach carpark Open Edit
Walk from Royal Darwin Hospital to Free Beach Open Edit
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Channel Point Coastal Reserve Closed Approx. early Dry Season
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Charles Darwin National Park Open Park closes at 7pm
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Djukbinj National Park Open
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Douglas River / Daly River Esplanade Conservation Area Open (Access via Douglas Van Park); 4WD recommended as only the first campsites are 2WD Accessible.; Camps 1-7 2WD; Camps 8-9 4WD Only; Bookings to camp can be made at Douglas Daly Tourist Park 8978 2497
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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve Open Vehicle Access Only
Monsoon Walk Open Edit
Woodlands to Water Lillies Walk Closed Repairs and maintenance Edit
Dam Wall Walk Open
Vehicle Access Only
CLOSED to pedestrian traffic due to potential presence of crocodiles and flooding. Edit
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Garig Gunak Barlu National Park Open Park is opened from May to October each year, dependent on weather conditions.; Open by permit only. ; Permits to visit Garig Gunak Barlu National Park can be obtained by phoning our Permits Branch on 08 8999 4795
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George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens Open
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Harrison Dam Conservation Area Open
Harrison Dam Wall Track Closed For the duration of the wet season. Edit
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Holmes Jungle Nature Park Open Open 8am - 6pm
Top Road (including front gate access) Open Edit
Internal Walking Trails Open Edit
Jungle Walk in Monsoon Forest Open Edit
Top Picnic Area Open Edit
Bottom Road Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening April 2015, dependent on weather conditions Edit
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Howard Springs Hunting Reserve Open Waterfowl hunting season has closed. The hunting season is expected to open September 2015
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Howard Springs Nature Park Open
Rainforest Walk Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening May 2015, dependent on weather conditions Edit
East Picnic Area Open Edit
Western Picnic Area Open Edit
Rock Pools Open The Rockpools will be closed from 13 to 24 April for maintenance. Edit
Toddler Pool Open Edit
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Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve Open
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Leaning Tree Lagoon Nature Park Open
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Leanyer Recreation Park Open Parks Hours: Mon - Sun 9am to 8pm.; During School Holiday Periods: Mon - Sun 11am to 6pm.
Water Slides Opening Hours; Wed - Fri 2pm to 6pm; Sat and Sun 11am to 6pm Edit
Water Play Open Opening Hours: 10am - 3pm daily Edit
Main Pool Opening Hours: Wed - Sun 10am to 6pm Edit
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Manton Dam Recreation Area Open
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Mary River National Park Open
Bird Billabong Walking Track Closed Closed due to wet weather conditions and for visitor safety. Edit
Brian's Creek Walk Open Edit
Hardies 4WD Track Closed Due to wet weather conditions Expected opening May 2015, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Jimmy's Creek Walk Open Edit
Mistake Billabong Open Edit
Couzins' Rockhole/Lookout Open Edit
Wildman 4WD Track Closed Due to wet weather conditions Expected opening May 2015, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Shady Camp campsite Open Edit
Rockhole Road Open Edit
Point Stuart Coastal Reserve Walking Track Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening April 2015, dependent on weather conditions Edit
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Palmerston Water Park Open Opening hours: General Park Area, 9am to 8pm daily
Wet Play Area Open Opening hours: Fri - Tues 10am to 6pm, Closed Wed and Thurs. School and Public Holiday hours: 10am to 6pm daily. Edit
Water Slides Open Opening hours: Fri - Tues 2pm to 6pm. Closed Wed and Thurs. School and Public Holiday hours: 11am to 6pm daily. Edit
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Point Stuart Coastal Reserve Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening June 2015, dependent on weather conditions
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Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve Open
Shoal Bay Hunting Reserve Open Open all year round but permit is required Edit
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Territory Wildlife Park Open
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Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season for safety reasons Expected opening ANZAC Weekend 2015, dependent on weather conditions
Swimming Closed Due to heavy rainfall and river rises Edit
Campground Closed Due to heavy rainfall and river rises Edit
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Tree Point Conservation Area Open
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Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park Open; 4WD Only; With Caution Due to heavy rain. Caution: deep wash outs
Swimming Open Edit
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Window on the Wetlands Open