Northern Territory Easter fun around the Katherine and Savannah region
The four-day Easter holiday sees the perfect opportunity for Territorians and tourists to get outside and experience the beautiful sights the Savannah region in the Northern Territory has to offer.
The Northern Territory has some of the most stunning parks and reserves in the country and with four days off, visitors and locals are encouraged to get out and about and experience the best of what nature has to offer.
Whether it’s camping, walking, swimming, exploring rockholes and caves or simply relaxing with a picnic, our parks have something for you.
Our world renowned Nitmiluk National Park is expected to be open over the Easter break, including boat tours through the Katherine Gorge, however some activities and areas will be dependent on rainfall and river heights, so those who plan to visit the park should check road conditions and weather reports before visiting.
Minister for Parks and Wildlife Bess Nungarrayi says, “My husband and I love to explore the Parks and Reserves across the Territory when we get the chance. The Savannah region is a great place for people like my husband and I who are keen bird watchers and bush walkers.
“Keep River National Park on the border of the Northern Territory and Western Australian may be open but is subject to rainfall and road access. If the park is open there will be opportunities for camping and bushwalking, with excellent opportunities for bird watching.
“For the keen hikers, most of the Southern Walks network at Nitmiluk National Park will be open, as well as bushwalks at Leliyn (Edith Falls). Leliyn is also open for camping or day visits, and there is the possibility that swimming in the plunge pool and upper pools will be open.
“There are also short and longer walks open at all times in Judbarra / Gregory National Park, both in the Victoria River Gorge area and near Timber Creek.
“Elsey National Park at Mataranka will be open but is subject to rainfall and flooding, as well as the thermal pools at Rainbow Springs and Bitter Springs which provide a perfect place to relax for families.
“Caranbarini Conservation Reserve and Barranyi (North Island) National Park in the Borroloola region will both be open which is exciting news for tourists and locals.
“Caranbarini has some short walks in amongst lost city rock formations, a bird hide and terrific views over the valley, while Barranyi has magnificent white sandy beaches, some short walks and is a great place for fishing and camping.”
Limmen National Park may be open but is subject to road and weather conditions. If open, Munbilillia Campground on the Roper River is a great place for camping and fishing.
For the keen fishos, the public boat ramps are expected to be open through Nitmiluk Gorge and Big Horse campground.
Due to the Wet Season, Giwining/ Flora River Nature Park will remain closed.
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park may be open for Easter and will open for guided tours on the 1 April 2016.
Visitors are encouraged to plan to undertake any walks early in the day on hotter days, be well prepared, carry and drink adequate water and wear suitable sturdy footwear and a shady hat
Northern Territory Rangers and Police will be conducting patrols around all parks throughout the Easter period to enforce the glass bottle bans and ensure the public are acting in a safe manner and respecting the rights of other park visitors.
The Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission (PWCNT) encourage those travelling to remote parks to please check road and weather reports to ensure they don’t get caught out by bad weather or closed roads. Remember; always let a reliable family member or friend know what your travel plans are and when you expect to return. Make sure you are well prepared, carrying the appropriate food, water, camping and recovery equipment.
Weather conditions can change quickly at this time of year, and visitors are encouraged to check local conditions prior to travel and heed all safety messaging.
Visitors should check the Parks and Wildlife website and Facebook for all openings and closures before they travel.
All Territorians are urged to Be Crocwise in and around waters around the NT throughout this holiday period.