Park visitor data

Parks & Wildlife NT 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 for 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/ReserveComment 2021 visitor numbers 2020 visitor numbers 2019 visitor numbers 2018 visitor numbers 2017 visitor numbers
Reported 22 Parks /Reserves Excludes George Brown Botanic Gardens & the Wildlife Parks 3,335,400 2,354,600 3,252,700 3,217,000 3,147,900

Darwin region

Park/reserveComment 2021 visitor numbers 2020 visitor numbers 2019 visitor numbers 2018 visitor numbers 2017 visitor numbers
Berry Springs Nature Reserve Traffic counters located at entry point. 158,500 98,900 127,700 150,300 142,900
Casuarina Coastal Reserve - Whole of Park Traffic counters on entrances into the Reserve 1,452,800 1,237,400 1,103,700 1,106,900 1,062,200
Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve Traffic counters located at entry point. 51,500 39,800 49,800 55,800 63,200
Howard Springs Nature Park Traffic counters located at entry point. 119,600 111,900 132,700 152,200 143,300
Litchfield National Park - Whole of Park Traffic counters located along Peninsula and Batchelor road. 274,400 171,200 323,800 331,300 329,600
Mary River National Park – Shady Camp Conservation Reserve Traffic counter located along Shady Camp road. 37,400 20,400 26,500 23,800 36,400

Katherine region

Park/reserveComment 2021 visitor numbers 2020 visitor numbers 2019 visitor numbers 2018 visitor numbers 2017 visitor numbers
Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park Based on Cutta Cutta Cave Tour numbers. 13,400 0* 12,100 11,100 13,000
Elsey National Park - Whole of Park Traffic and pedestrian counters located at Bitter Springs, Mataranka Thermal Pool and John Hauser Drive. 232,500 139,800 217,900 210,800 190,900
Judbarra/Gregory National Park - Whole of Park Traffic counters located on Bullita Access Road, Joe Creek, Sullivan Creek and Big Horse Campgrounds. 48,000 18,300 34,700 32,000 33,800
Keep River National Park Traffic counter located at entry point. 20,200 2,300 12,800 12,400 13,300
Limmen National Park  - Hodgson River Crossing Traffic counter located at Hodgson River Crossing. 11,600 4,300 13,400 14,700 13,000
Nitmiluk National Park (whole of Park) Traffic counters located at Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. 271,700 124,500 271,100 263,500 270,400

Barkly region

Park/reserveComment 2021 visitor numbers 2020 visitor numbers 2019 visitor numbers 2018 visitor numbers 2017 visitor numbers
Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) Conservation Reserve Traffic counters located north and south of sealed access road. 146,300 63,700 155,900 123,200 120,800
Tennant Creek Telegraph Station Traffic counter located at entry point. 15,200 7,100 16,800 12,900 10,500

Alice Springs region

Park/reserveComment 2021 visitor numbers 2020 visitor numbers 2019 visitor numbers 2018 visitor numbers 2017 visitor numbers
Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve Traffic, pedestrian and cycling counters located at entry points. 177,400 155,400 227,200 231,200 237,900
Arltunga Historical Reserve Traffic counter located on road into Altunga Visitor Centre. 7,300 3,000 6,100 6,800 5,700
Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve Traffic counter located at entry point. 3,700 900 4,700 4,600 4,400
Finke Gorge National Park Traffic counter located at entry to Palm Valley. 18,100 6,600 23,200 20,400 17,800
Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve Traffic counter located at entry point. 10,300 4,300 9,600 9,100 7,500
Trephina Gorge Nature Park Traffic counter located at entry point. 25,600 17,200 27,200 28,000 28,100
Watarrka National Park Traffic counters located along Luritja Road at two separate entry points. 113,800 49,500 290,200 257,500 250,100
Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park (whole of Park figure) Traffic counters located at Simpsons Gap, Ellery Creek Big Hole and Ormiston Gorge. 126,100 78,100 165,600 158,500 153,100

Other

Park/reserveComment2021 visitor numbers 2020 visitor numbers 2019 visitor numbers 2018 visitor numbers 2017 visitor numbers
George Brown Botanic Gardens Traffic counters at 2 entry points and event data 444,200 444,300 432,300 407,800 410,800
Territory Wildlife Park Point of Sales 49,400 41,200 60,200 60,300 61,200
Alice Springs Desert Park Point of Sales 48,300 21,700 62,800 66,500 68,400

* Cutta Cutta Caves were closed in 2020

Disclaimer

The visitor numbers are based on calendar year totals.

From time to time the Visitor Number totals may be adjusted for any Park or Reserve listed if more accurate information is provided to
Parks & Wildlife 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.

Parks & Wildlife 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.  Parks & Wildlife NT accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage to any person resulting from the use of the information data or figures appearing here.

These figures are provided on the condition that the Parks & Wildlife NT 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 analysis of Parks & Wildlife NT.


Last updated: 12 August 2022

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