With the majority of camping grounds in the NT’s Litchfield National Park having been close to capacity during the Dry Season, works has been ongoing to increase capacity.
The NT Government says it has just created 12 new campsites at Surprise Creek Falls, bringing the total number of campsites there to 19.
More than $300,000 has been invested to create the new sites, which will allow for better visitor dispersion around Litchfield National Park, and taking some pressure off other popular spots like Wangi Falls.
Each site is 9-13 metres deep and 8-11 metres wide, with facilities such as barbecue/fire pit, packed hard stands for vehicles and picnic tables.
The Government says new campsites are spaced away from the original sites to maintain the essence of bush camping.
Nearly 2.6 kilometres of connecting tracks have also been created, while the new camping sites will be serviced by two pit toilets.
The additional camping facilities at Surprise Creek Falls are a direct result of visitor feedback leading to formal park planning.
Surprise Creek Falls is one of the more isolated campgrounds in because of its proximity to a series of rock pools.
However, high-clearance 4WD is required for access, as the Reynolds Track is for experienced drivers only.
The Minister for Parks and Rangers, Nicole Manison, said visitors would love the camping upgrades, particularly as campgrounds at places such as Central Valley and Wangi Falls were so often full in peak season.
“This has been another bumper season for our Parks, with Territorians and tourists all making the most of our incredible natural landscapes over the Dry Season,” she said. “Investments like these in our campgrounds and facilities allow for campers to better spread out across our Parks and improve the visitor experience.”
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