Important information for all NT Recreational Fishers – Updated May 7, 2020


AFANT reminds all fishers that the health of the community must come first and social distancing must be maintained while fishing with people you don not live with.  Remember, if your land based fishing spot, boat ramp or campground is busy…. move on.

If you are going fishing, you need to do the right thing and protect all Territorians by following these rules:


  • Boat fishing with friends & family, ensuring 1.5m of social distancing
  • Land based fishing with friends & family, ensuring 1.5m of social distancing
  • Camping in open NT Parks (check website)
  • No entry to designated biosecurity areas for fishing or camping, including by boat


Closed areas and travel restrictions in currently place in the NT

No Access via land or sea to Biosecurity “Designated Areas”

Ramps and Designated Area MapSmall

Click to view interactive map of boat ramps showing shaded closed areas.

A number of Designated Areas have been established under Federal Biosecurity regulations and are now in effect to protect vulnerable communities. It is important to note that these closures are much broader than the community centers.  You can read more here.

Rivers within designated areas are not accessible by road or water (on a boat) to those living outside of the designated area, without lawful exemption. This includes:

 Check the map  here

Closed NT Parks

Please note not all NT Parks are open and not all open parks are accessible from Darwin or Katherine. Designated Biosecurity Area travel restrictions remain in place. So for example Katherine residents will not be able to travel to Judbarra/Gregory Park (Big Horse Creek) as it is within the Victoria Daly Designated Area. Kakadu is an National Park (managed by the Commonwealth Government) and is within the West Arnhem Declared Area. Kakadu National Park, including the Wildman, South Alligator and East Alligator Rivers remain closed to access by residents from Darwin and Katherine  (anyone outside of the West Arnhem Designated Area) whether by car or boat.  

We recommend you check whether your destination is open before traveling at the NT Parks website.

Check Darwin Region Parks

Check Katherine Region Parks

Kakadu National Park is closed, and additionally it falls within the West Arnhem Declared Area.

Closed Roads

Territorian’s are used to changing road conditions. Always check road conditions at Road Report NT

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