Parks and reserves
People come from all over the world to explore the Northern Territory and its breathtaking natural wilderness. From the northern wetlands to the incredible living deserts of the Red Centre, the Northern Territory has hundreds of declared conservation sanctuaries including land-based and marine parks, conservation reserves and heritage sites ranging from less than one hectare to thousands of hectares.
The most famous are the World Heritage-listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and The Olgas) and Australia’s biggest and most culturally and ecologically significant national park, Kakadu, covering 20 000 kilometres of the Top End.
Also high on visitors’ to-do-lists are the majestic Litchfield, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), Judbarra (Gregory), Keep River, and Garig Gunak Barlu (Cobourg Peninsula) National Parks and the wildlife-rich Mary River wetlands in the Top End. Central Australia’s Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and West MacDonnell National Parks and the Barkly Region’s Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) all showcase stunning landscapes and geological formations.
The Northern Territory's unique flora, fauna and landscape are celebrated in its two award winning nature parks. The Alice Springs Desert Park, nestled in the MacDonnell Ranges just 10 minutes out of Alice Springs is a world-leader that showcases the natural and cultural environment of the Centre in three stunning habitats. Near Darwin, the Territory Wildlife Park is set within 400 hectares of natural bushland including wetlands, monsoon forest and a crystal clear spring.
For more information about the Northern Territory’s parks and reserves, go to the Northern Territory Government website.
Many visitors to the Top End of Australia enjoy barramundi fishing and excellent tropical reef fishing.
The Territory’s seafood industry comprises wild-caught, aquaculture and trade / processor sectors, and is a major contributor to employment and investment in the Northern Territory. Seafood is one of our most prized resources and with more than 650 businesses involved in the industry in areas such as boatyards, marine engineering and fabrication, chandlery and supplies, fishing, and aquaculture.
For more information on fishing in the Northern Territory go to the Do the NT