Walker Creek and Bamboo Creek are now CLOSED for the duration of the wet season. Recent heavy rainfall has caused the visitor areas to flood and has increased the likelihood that Estuarine Crocodiles may enter these areas undetected. It is expected that Walker Creek and Bamboo Creek will re-open to visitors in May.
Access to Lower Cascades is now CLOSED for the duration of the wet season. Upper Cascades remains open for swimming.Swimming at Wangi Falls is now CLOSED for the remainder of the wet season, for public safety due to strong currents and the likelihood that estuarine crocodiles may enter the area undetected.
Lower Finniss crossing, and Townsend Bridge on the Litchfield Park Road CLOSED.
Berry Springs Nature Park
In accordance with the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation By-Law 6 (1)(a), Berry Springs Nature Park will be CLOSED for swimming from 22 December 2017 for the duration of the wet season due public safety concerns relating to water quality. It is expected to reopen in May 2018, depending on weather conditions and satisfactory saltwater crocodile surveys.
In accordance with the Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation By-Laws, section 6 - Access to parks and reserves, the River Side Walk will be CLOSED for the duration of the wet season. It is expected to reopen in May 2018, depending on the weather.
Bitter Springs is now CLOSED (8th January 2018) due to flooding, but may be re-opened later in the week subject to crocodile checks.
This following sites at Nitmiluk National Park are now CLOSED due to weather conditions:
- Smitt Rock Walk
- Jawoyn Valley Walk
- Eighth Gorge
- Waleka Walk (Butterfly Gorge to 8th Gorge)
They are expected to reopen in April 2018, weather dependent.
The Leliyn Loop Walk, Plunge Pool and Upper Pool were closed due to flooding, and have RE-OPENED 9th January 2018.
The Northern side of the Loop walk is accessible for viewing the falls, but the Loop cannot be completed due to bridges flooding
Giwining / Flora River Nature Park
This Park and its road and facilities are now CLOSED to the public due to the onset of the wet season. Projected opening is planned for April / May 2018.
Channel Point Coastal Reserve
Channel Point Coastal Reserve is now CLOSED for the wet season. High rainfall at Channel Point has caused the Reserve road and Marindja Road (pictured) to be inundated with water in low lying areas. In the interest of public safety and to maintain the road's integrity, it will remain closed for the remainder of the wet season. It is expected to reopen in May 2018.
Cutta Cutta Caves are now CLOSED for the wet season, expected to reopen in April 2018.
Keep River National Park access road is CLOSED due to flooding 8th January 2018.
Buchanan Highway is impassable due to flooding at Dashwood Crossing
Judbarra/Gregory National Park
Bullita Access Road, Victoria Gorge Access/Boat Ramp and Old Victoria Crossing are now closed for the wet season.
Updated 11th January 2018
CLOSED Mount Barnet to the Kalumburu turnoff
Restricted to vehicles under 3 tonne Kaumuburu turnoff to the Pentecost River
Pentecost River to Great Northern Highway turnoff (east end) is CLOSED to all vehicles.
Kalumburu Road from Gibb River Road is CLOSED.
Roads in the area CLOSED to all traffic include:
Old Mornington Road
Old Fitzroy Crossing – River Crossing
Lennard Gorge Road
Mount Hart Road
Silent Grove Road
Bell Gorge Road
Marion Downs Road
Beverley Springs Road (access to Charnley River Station)
Geikie Gorge Road
Fairfield-Leopold Downs Road - Windjana Gorge to Leopold Downs Road
Updated follow pre-cyclonic rain 9th January 2018
Updated follow pre-cyclonic rain 9th January 2018
Local work crews and contractors are working hard to roll out the $125 million into sealed sections along the Outback Way. Sealing is underway but wet weather this summer has caused delays.
Shire of Laverton has sealed twenty kilometres and is working on the next twenty kilometres, then another ten kilometres so fifty kilometres in the Shire of Laverton section of the Great Central Road will be sealed by November 2018.
Boulia is spending $6.25 million on further seal.
Gem Tree to Harts Range seal is being completed.
Docker River to WA border will also be sealed.
See previous report on this Outback Way sealing news.
Since 1997, The Outback Highway Development Council Inc has secured $230 million for the upgrade and sealing of the Outback Way. This shortcut spans 2,700 kilometres. 1,300 kilometres has already been sealed and 1,400 kilometres upgraded to good formed gravel. The funding has enabled these upgrades as well as the progressive sealing. 1,600 kilometres is expected to be sealed by the year 2021.
The Outback Highway Development Council Inc will continue to secure further funding for the Outback Way sealing programme to ensure its completion by 2025/26.
This benefits not only tourists, but the communities that are accessed by the roads that form the Outback Way.
24th March 2018