Closures - Katherine River on the rise

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT) advise the Katherine River within Nitmiluk National Park including Katherine Gorge has been closed to swimming and canoeing. Leliyn (Edith Falls) remains open to swimming and walking.

The Nitmiluk Centre gauge has risen sharply to level of -0.8m as of 1 December; Assistant Director of the Savannah/ Gulf Division for the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory Andrew Davies said as a result, the river has been closed in accordance with established procedures such as park and district emergency procedures and crocodile risk management plans.

“Established Parks and Wildlife Commission procedures are in place for when the Katherine River reaches -1.1m at the Nitmiluk Centre river gauging station, and this includes closing the Katherine River within the park to some water based activities such as canoeing and swimming in the second and third gorges and beyond.

“Always remember to ‘Be Crocwise’ when you are around any waterway. Saltwater crocodiles are known to move into the Katherine River throughout the year and rising river levels may make it easier for them to travel upstream. Stay out of the water and back from the edge unless an area is designated as safe for swimming,” said Mr Davies. 

Nitmiluk Tours continues to operate their range of river cruises and helicopter tours, and the majority of the parks extensive walking track network is still open. Swimming is still permitted in the Southern Rockhole and Lily Ponds Upper Pools/ Waterfall until such time as the river rises more.

Park visitors are encouraged to monitor the Commissions Facebook page and the Bureau of Meteorology’s website for rainfall and river data. 

For up to date information regarding access to parks and reserves administered by the PWCNT visit http://www.nt.gov.au/parksandwildlife