Top End Parks perfect place to cool off this long weekend

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture isencouraging everyone to get out and about and enjoy our Top End parks andreserves this long weekend.

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture, Acting ExecutiveDirector of Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, Sarah Kerin, said the majority ofpopular swimming spots were still open and picture perfect.

Despite a poor Wet Season and lower than average waterlevels, swimming and camping at Litchfield National Park and Butterfly Gorgeremains open and perfect for cooling off this long weekend, Ms Kerin said.

Swimming at Berry Springs is still open and at just a 45minute drive out of Darwin, it is hard to beat for an easy day trip. Swimmingat the park closes towards the end of the Dry Season every year when waterlevels drop and bacteria levels rise, however it is still open and a fantasticspot for a swim and then a picnic in the shade of the monsoon forest.

The Katherine region has plenty of options for swimming,camping and hiking at Bitter Springs and Mataranka Thermal Pool in ElseyNational Park, Nitmiluk National Park and Umbrawarra Gorge, and guided walkingtours operated by Nitmiluk Tours at Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park.

With mild day time temperatures and cooler evenings, nowis the perfect time to roll out a swag and sleep under the stars at one of ouramazing parks.

Crocodiles live in waterways across the Top End and it isimportant to Be Crocwise at all times and ensure you camp at least 50 metresfrom the waters edge.

Territorians love getting outdoors and making the most ofour natural environment. Occasionally parks can close at short notice. Justmake sure to always check the website for up-to-date information before headingout to avoid disappointment: https://nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves

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