NT national parks are accessible, remote, and spectacular. They are great places to view native plants, birds and animals, go for a bushwalk, swim under waterfalls, join an Aboriginal cultural tour and camp under the stars.
Visit the NT's 24 national parks, and 73 nature reserves, conservation areas, historical reserves and marine parks to see the important heritage and natural environments and native plants and animals they protect.
World Heritage-listed parks
The NT is the only Australian state with two World Heritage-listed national parks. Kakadu National Park is a vast expanse of exceptional natural beauty, unique biodiversity and Aboriginal rock art sites, and is recognised for both its cultural and its natural values.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is home to the iconic landmark Uluru and the 32 weathered rock domes known as Kata Tjuta. They are at their most spectacular when viewed at sunrise or sunset and have strong cultural and spiritual significance.
Make sure you visit Nitmiluk National Park to cruise the network of 13 gorges carved out by the sandstone by the Katherine River. Just 120km from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is a great place to cool off in a permanent spring-fed waterfall.
The West MacDonnell National Park encompasses a vast and spectacular section of the MacDonnell Ranges. Set out on foot to see chasms and gorges, waterholes, and ochre pits. Gregory National Park, the NT's second largest national park, encompasses spectacular ranges, sandstone escarpments, gorges and eucalypt woodlands, Boab trees, limestone landscapes, and the Victoria River.
Go underground into limestone caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites at the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park. Berry Springs Nature Reserve near Darwin is a popular area for picnics and is a great swimming spot. Wander around Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve, the best preserved of the 12 stations along the Overland Telegraph Line.
- Camp at designated sites and take your rubbish
- Leave your pets at home
- Obey the 'no swimming' signs
- Light fires only in fireplaces provided. Use gas BBQs during total fire bans
- Don't use soap or detergent in or near waterways
- Look (don't touch) at cultural items and wildlife
- Don't feed native animals
Don't forget your permit
If you want to visit or drive through Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory, you must have a permit. So get organised and make sure applying for a permit is part of your itinerary planning.
Large areas of outback Northern Territory are without phone network coverage, so if you're heading into remote country and need to stay in touch, consider hiring or purchasing a satellite phone.