Towns River - Limmen National Park

National Park - Northern Territory

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The Park includes striking sandstone ‘lost city’ formations, permanent tidal rivers and wetlands, a considerable collection of Indigenous and European historic sites and an abundance of wildlife including nesting Flatback Turtles on the shores of Maria Island.

The Park is very isolated. While there are significant opportunities for recreation and conservation, access can be difficult. This allows properly equipped visitors to enjoy a sense of remote adventure.

Limmen National Park is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia's Northern Territory and is approximately 305 km southeast of Katherine and 76 km northwest of Borroloola. The Park can be accessed from Katherine by leaving the Stuart Highway about 10 km south of Mataranka and following the Roper Highway east to the Pt Roper Road, (turn-off 3 km before Roper Bar). From Borroloola follow the Carpentaria Highway for 32 km before heading north along the gravel road for another 44 km.

Although the gravel Nathan River Road is generally of reasonable quality, it may be impassable for long periods between December and May. Check with the Parks and Wildlife office in Katherine (08 8973 8888) or the Nathan River Ranger Station (08 8975 9940) before travelling

  • Towns River Campground has bush camping with compost toilets, wood barbeques and a natural boat ramp.
  • Butterfly Falls is a pleasant place to enjoy a cooling dip and is the only location considered safe for a swim in the Park. Swimming at the Falls is not suitable towards the end of the Dry season when the pool becomes stagnant. Please do not swim or wade in any of the rivers or creeks within the Park. Saltwater crocodiles are known to inhabit these waters.
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