Two key NT national parks to reopen

Authorities are moving to reopen two of the Northern Territory's most visited national parks, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta.

Australian Associated PressJune 12, 20205:34pm

The Northern Territory's Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national parks will reopen next week amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

From June 19, Kakadu will be open for day visitors from 8am to 5pm with overnight camping still not allowed.

Access to the Mamukala Wetlands, Mangarre Rainforest, Bardedjilidji, Gungural, the Yurmikmik area, and the Burrungkuy region will be permitted to showcase Kakadu's wildlife and rock art.

At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, walking tracks and sunrise and sunset viewing areas will be open.

Visitors will be able to walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole and hike around the base of Uluru but the cultural centre will remain closed.

"We ask visitors to continue maintaining social distancing. We'll be conducting additional cleaning of high contact areas and extra hand wash stations will be set up at key high-contact locations throughout the parks," Director of National Parks James Findlay said.

Some paths or areas may be one-directional or have other health and safety restrictions related to COVID-19.

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