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.

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 Closed for the duration of the wet season Edit
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Butterfly Gorge Nature Park Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season
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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 Closed for the duration of the Wet Season. Expected opening May 2014, dpeendant on weather conditions
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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 1-6 2WD; Camps 7-9 4WD Only
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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve Open Vehicle Access Only
Monsoon Walk Closed Due to flooding 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. Pedestrian access expected opening July 2014 Edit
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Garig Gunak Barlu National Park Closed 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 May 2014 by Permit Only
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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 due to seasonal conditions May 2014 Edit
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Howard Springs Hunting Reserve Closed Open only during Waterfowl Hunting season. The hunting season is expected to open from September
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Howard Springs Nature Park Open
Rainforest Walk Open Edit
East Picnic Area Open Edit
Western Picnic Area Open Edit
Rock Pools Open Edit
Toddler Pool Closed for Swimming Closed for maintenance until further notice 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 WET PLAY AREA CLOSED 31 MARCH - 4 APRIL for repairs to the soft-fall matting. Expected to re-open 5 April.; Opening Hours: ; Wed - Sun 10am to 6pm Edit
Main Pool Opening Hours: Wed - Sun 10am to 6pm Edit
Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening  
Litchfield National Park
Park Access Edit
via Batchelor Open Edit
via Cox Peninsula Open Edit
Buley Rockhole Open Observe safety signs Edit
Swimming Open Localised rainfall in the area is continually monitored and if conditions once again become unsafe due to strong currents and fast flowing water, the Rockhole may close again.; Visitors to the Park should heed all safety signs. Edit
2WD Campground Open Edit
Florence Falls Edit
Florence Falls Lookout Open Edit
Swimming Open
With Caution
Swimming permitted at the plunge pool, picnic areas and the Florence Falls to Buley Walk locations; Swimmers are advised to take caution as water levels remain high Edit
Shady Creek Walk Closed Closed to damage to the track and bridges. Expected opening May 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Florence Creek Walk Open Edit
2WD Campground Open Edit
4WD Campground Open
Closed for Swimming
No swimming permitted at this campground.; Please obey all signs in the area. Edit
Tolmer Falls Edit
Access Open No Swimming Available Edit
Tabletop Track Edit
Access Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season, due to flooding and unsafe conditions. May 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
4WD Tracks Edit
Lost City Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season Expected opening June 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Reynolds River Track Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season Edit
-Blyth Homestead Closed Closed for the duration of the wet season Edit
-Sandy Creek Falls Closed Includes Sandy Creek Campgroud, walking track and swimming area; Closed for the duration of the wet season Edit
Surprise Creek Falls Closed Edit
Wangi Falls Edit
Campground Open Edit
Loop Walk Closed Closed due to flood damage Expected opening May 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Picnic Area Open Edit
Kiosk Open Edit
Swimming Closed Due to high risk of presence of saltwater crocodiles Edit
Cascades Edit
Lower Section Swimming Closed Due to high risk of presence of saltwater crocodiles Edit
Upper Section Swimming Open Edit
Walker Creek Closed Due to flooding Edit
Bamboo Creek Tin Mine Closed Edit
Access Open Edit
Green Ant Creek Walk Open Edit
Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening  
Manton Dam Recreation Area Open
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Mary River National Park Open
Bird Billabong Walking Track Closed Due to current wet weather conditions Expected opening May 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Brian's Creek Walk Closed Closed due to wet weather conditions Expected opening May 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Hardies 4WD Track Closed Due to flooding Edit
Jimmy's Creek Walk Open Edit
Mistake Billabong Open Edit
Couzins' Rockhole/Lookout Open Edit
Wildman 4WD Track Closed Due to flooding Edit
Rockhole Road Closed Closed due to current wet weather conditions Expected opening May 2014, dependent on weather conditions Edit
Point Stuart Coastal Reserve Walking Track Closed Due to flooding Edit
Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening  
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 wet season July 2013
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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 Open; 4WD Recommended; With Caution At least a high clearance 2WD recommended.; Water is still flowing over parts of the road, drive with care; CLOSURE: 23 - 25/4/2014 - The Park will be CLOSED for cultural reasons.
Swimming Open Edit
Campground Open
4WD Recommended
With Caution
At least a high clearance 2WD recommended.; Water is still flowing over parts of the road, drive with care; CLOSURE: 23 - 25/4/2014 - The Park will be CLOSED for cultural reasons Edit
Park Sites Access Comments Forecast Opening  
Tree Point Conservation Area
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Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park 4WD Only Accessible via 4WD vehicles only due to several sandy deep creek crossings and some road damage due to flooding
Swimming Open Edit
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Window on the Wetlands Open