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/ReserveComment2017 visitor numbers 2016 visitor numbers 2015 visitor numbers 2014 visitor numbers 2013 visitor numbers
Reported 22 Parks /Reserves Excludes George Brown Botanic Gardens & the Wildlife Parks 3,130,700 2,999,000 2,851,900 2,816,800 2,770,700

Darwin region

Park/reserveComment2017 visitor numbers 2016 visitor numbers 2015 visitor numbers 2014 visitor numbers 2013 visitor numbers

Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Traffic counters located at entry point.

138,900 142,700 126,600 117,500 107,700

Casuarina Coastal Reserve - Whole of Park

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

1,062,200 956,200 937,800 934,000 935,300

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

Traffic counters located at entry point.

63,200 56,100 57,700 65,700 72,300

Howard Springs Nature Park

Traffic counters located at entry point.

143,300 150,800 154,000 146,600 140,700

Litchfield National Park - Whole of Park

Traffic counters located along Peninsula and Batchelor road.

329,600 367,700 329,500 329,600 302,300

Mary River National Park – Shady Camp Conservation Reserve

Traffic counter located along Shady Camp road.

36,400 28,300 20,900 22,700 21,100

Katherine region

Park/reserveComment2017 visitor numbers 2016 visitor numbers 2015 visitor numbers 2014 visitor numbers 2013 visitor numbers

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park

Based on Cutta Cutta Cave Tour numbers.

13,000 11,800 9,700 10,600 9,900

Elsey National Park - Whole of Park

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

190,900 170,700 155,700 157,700 139,600

Judbarra/Gregory National Park - Whole of Park

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

33,800 31,100 33,800 30,800 29,900

Keep River National Park

Traffic counter located at entry point.

13,300 10,300 8,200 7,500 10,800

Limmen National Park  - Hodgson River Crossing

Traffic counter located at Hodgson River Crossing.

13,000 10,300 17,300 17,200 29,200

Nitmiluk National Park (whole of Park)

Traffic counters located at Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls.

270,400 268,800 249,500 246,900 250,700

Barkly region

Park/reserveComment2017 visitor numbers 2016 visitor numbers 2015 visitor numbers 2014 visitor numbers 2013 visitor numbers

Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) Conservation Reserve

Traffic counters located north and south of sealed access road.

107,600 108,500 117,300 99,700 107,000

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Traffic counter located at entry point.

10,500 11,100 14,800 12,700 12,000

Alice Springs region

Park/reserveComment2017 visitor numbers 2016 visitor numbers 2015 visitor numbers 2014 visitor numbers 2013 visitor numbers

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Traffic counter located at entry point.

237,900 207,800 190,000 189,100 184,800

Arltunga Historical Reserve

Traffic counters located at Visitor Cente and Crossroads intersection.

5,700 6,200 6,200 5,900 5,700

Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve

Traffic counter located at entry point.

4,400 5,400 4,700 5,300 6,000

Finke Gorge National Park

Traffic counter located at entry to Palm Valley.

17,800 17,200 16,300 19,100 19,900

Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve

Traffic counter located at entry point.

7,500 10,600 6,800 6,800 8,500

Trephina Gorge Nature Park

Traffic counter located at entry point.

28,100 23,200 24,000 14,300 20,700

Watarrka National Park

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

250,100 246,600 225,000 237,700 221,600

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

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

153,100 157,600 146,100 139,400 135,000

Other

Park/reserveComment2017 visitor numbers 2016 visitor numbers 2015 visitor numbers 2014 visitor numbers 2013 visitor numbers

George Brown Botanic Gardens

Traffic counters at 2 entry points and event data

410,800457,800 355,600 404,700 187,800
Territory Wildlife Park Point of Sales 61,200 57,300 54,100 63,500 57,100
Alice Springs Desert Park Point of Sales 68,300 68,600 63,500 60,800 51,400

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: 13 April 2018