Park visitor data

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory calculates the approximate number of visitors to many parks and reserves. This is done through vehicle and people counters, camping numbers and ticket sales. 

This visitor information is then used in park management and planning visitor and services facilities.

The following table presents data for a selected 22 parks and reserves where annual visits exceed 5000 and public interest in the data is higher. Visitor numbers for attractions
or gardens listed in 'Other', are not included in the total yearly figure at the top of the page.

You can request any visitor data not listed below by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs regional office on (08) 8951 8250.

NT parks and reserves - Calendar Year Visitor Numbers

The table below shows total numbers for visitors to the parks and reserves surveyed.

Park/ReserveComment2016 visitor numbers2015 visitor numbers2014 visitor numbers2013 visitor numbers2012 visitor numbers
Reported 22 Parks /ReservesExcludes George Brown Botanic Gardens & the Wildlife Parks2,999,0002,851,9002,816,8002,770,7002,781,200

Darwin region

Park/reserveComment2016 visitor numbers2015 visitor numbers2014 visitor numbers2013 visitor numbers2012 visitor numbers

Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Traffic counters located at entry point.

142,700126,600117,500107,700131,000

Casuarina Coastal Reserve - Whole of Park

2011-2014 is estimated data. 2015
based on new counters on entrances into the Reserve

956,200937,800934,000935,300935,600

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

Traffic counters located at entry point.

56,10057,70065,70072,30084,600

Howard Springs Nature Park

Traffic counters located at entry point.

150,800154,000146,600140,700134,600

Litchfield National Park

Traffic counters located along Peninsula and Batchelor road.

367,700329,500329,600302,300278,700

Mary River National Park – Shady Camp Conservation Reserve

Traffic counter located along Shady Camp road.

28,30020,90022,70021,10020,700

Katherine region

Park/reserveComment2016 visitor numbers2015 visitor numbers2014 visitor numbers2013 visitor numbers2012 visitor numbers

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park

Based on Cutta Cutta Cave Tour numbers.

11,8009,70010,6009,90015,400

Elsey National Park - Whole of Park

Traffic and pedestrian counters located at Bitter Springs, Mataranka Thermal Pool and John Hauser Drive.

170,700155,700157,700139,600146,300

Judbarra/Gregory National Park - Whole of Park

Traffic counters located on Bullita Access Road, Joe Creek, Sullivan Creek and Big Horse Campgrounds.

31,10033,80030,80029,90037,900

Keep River National Park

Traffic counter located at entry point.

10,3008,2007,50010,80012,000

Limmen National Park  - Hodgson River Crossing

Traffic counter located at Hodgson River Crossing.

10,30017,30017,20029,20018,900

Nitmiluk National Park (whole of Park)

Traffic counters located at Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls.

268,800249,500246,900250,700235,700

Barkly region

Park/reserveComment2016 visitor numbers2015 visitor numbers2014 visitor numbers2013 visitor numbers2012 visitor numbers

Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) Conservation Reserve

Traffic counters located north and south of sealed access road.

108,500117,30099,700107,000113,900

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Traffic counter located at entry point.

11,10014,80012,70012,00014,300

Alice Springs region

Park/reserveComment2016 visitor numbers2015 visitor numbers2014 visitor numbers2013 visitor numbers2012 visitor numbers

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Traffic counter located at entry point.

207,800190,000189,100184,800167,900

Arltunga Historical Reserve

Traffic counters located at Visitor Cente and Crossroads intersection.

6,2006,2005,9005,7004,900

Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve

Traffic counter located at entry point.

5,4004,7005,3006,0003,600

Finke Gorge National Park

Traffic counter located at entry to Palm Valley.

17,20016,30019,10019,90022,800

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

Traffic counter located at entry point.

10,6006,8006,8008,5007,600

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

Traffic counter located at entry point.

23,20024,00014,30020,70022,700

Watarrka National Park

Traffic counters located along Luritja Road at two separate entry points.

246,600225,000237,700221,600234,700

Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park (whole of Park figure)

Traffic counters located at Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge.

157,600146,100139,400135,000137,400

Other

Park/reserveComment2016 visitor numbers2015 visitor numbers2014 visitor numbers2013 visitor numbers2012 visitor numbers

George Brown Botanic Gardens

Traffic counters at 2 entry points and event data

457,800

 

 

355,600404,700187,800258,100
Territory Wildlife Park Point of Sales57,30054,10063,50057,10056,500
Alice Springs Desert Park Point of Sales68,60063,50060,80051,40052,100

Disclaimer

The visitor numbers are based on calendar year totals.
 
Please note from 2014, George Brown Botanic Gardens obtained and included additional visitor numbers from large events held in the Gardens and Eva's Café also opened in April 2014.

From time to time the Visitor Number totals may be adjusted for any Park or Reserve listed if more accurate information is provided to the Parks & Wildlife Commission NT after the Visitor numbers are published. This can be done at any given time and without notice.

Visitor numbers for all Parks and Reserves are rounded up or down to the nearest 100.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT gives no warranty that the information, data or figures provided here are accurate, correct or suitable for use by any persons for any purpose. The Commission accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to any person resulting from the us of the information data or figures appearing here.

These figures are provided on the condition that the Parks and Wildlife Commission are acknowledged as the source. If you present this information with additional analysis or comment you must disclose that the analysis is your analysis and not the Parks and Wildlife Commission's.

Last updated: 22 May 2017