21 May 2019
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture
Visitors and locals will soon be able to enjoy new swimming holes, campgrounds and picnic areas at Litchfield National Park, with the tender for the first stage of the Litchfield Central Valley upgrades released.
Opening up new visitor offerings at Litchfield National Park is part of the Territory Labor Government’s Turbocharging Tourism initiative, which is bringing more holiday visitors to the Territory and ensuring they have memorable experiences when they get here.
In February this year, the Territory Government announced additional funding of $6.2 million to fast track the project, bringing the total investment to $17.5 million.
Stage 1 upgrades include the construction of approximately 18km of unsealed road and tracks suitable for 4WD vehicles from Litchfield Park Road to the new swimming holes.
These upgrades will lead the way for Stage 2 - construction of infrastructure at the site of the new swimming holes including campgrounds, walking and mountain bike trails, viewing platforms, picnic areas and car parking.
The works will open up access to the new swimming hole sites, campgrounds and day use areas for up to nine months of the year.
It will also enhance the Park’s capacity to cope with increasing demand for adventure tourism experiences while improving overcrowding issues that traditionally occur in the Park during the busy peak tourism period over the Dry Season.
Works are expected to get underway in July 2019 and are due to be completed in December.
Traffic management will be in place for the duration of works.
Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:
“Renowned for spectacular waterfalls, safe swimming sites and stunning natural landscapes, Litchfield National Park is one of the Top End’s most popular tourism assets and this $17.5 million investment will establish the Park as a premier tourist destination for adventure seekers.
“New camping grounds, five new swimming spots, 4WD tracks and more picnic areas will be opened up, with road works fast-tracked. Once the access roads are in place, work will start on the visitor facilities in the park. People can expect to be enjoying the new camping and swimming spots by late next year.
“Litchfield National Park will soon have capacity to accommodate an additional 400 visitors per day or approximately 60,000 visitors per year, providing a significant boost to regional tourism.”
Media Contact: Ellie Clancy 0436 646 689