Q11: We have heard that alcohol canít be consumed in the Aboriginal lands around Hermannsburg etc. Is this true and does that mean that we canít pack ANY alcohol into our van for our trip to Darwin via Kingís Canyon and the Mereenie Loop?
When purchasing takeaway alcohol in the
See current requirements under each region's Liquor Restrictions
The Banned Drinker Register is no longer in force.
Your identification will be checked against a Banned Drinker Register which prevents problem drinkers from buying takeaway
If youíre not banned on the register, then you can buy your alcohol as normal. No information about you will be recorded.
See Buying Alcohol
When we booked into the campgrounds at both Kings Canyon Resort and at Yulara, we were given
a slip authorising purchase of alcohol from the outlets within those resorts.
When we booked into the campgrounds at both Kings Canyon Resort and at Yulara, we were given a slip authorising purchase of alcohol from the outlets within those resorts.
Information originally given to the person
asking was correct July 2012 but there have since been changes. The superseded text has been crossed out rather that removed,
with updated information being added for future reference.
Information originally given to the person asking was correct July 2012 but there have since been changes. The superseded text has been crossed out rather that removed, with updated information being added for future reference.
Updated May 2016 due to further changes to linked departmental
Updated May 2016 due to further changes to linked departmental information.
i. Consumption of alcohol
It is correct that alcohol cannot be consumed by travellers within prescribed areas within the Northern Territory, unless in an exempt area such as some camping grounds within National Parks and some private homes when exemptions have been granted. I will cover all of the Northern Territory, rather than confining my answers to Hermannsburg and the Mereenie Loop.
Due to a change of Departmental responsibilities, much of the documentation I referred to when initially answering this question is no longer available.
Instead please refer to Communities and Prescribed Areas and see the prescribed areas map
Information on Alcohol in the Northern Territory for tourists
Types of General
Restricted Areas and how permits may be applied can be seen on this fact sheet Read about Public Restricted Dry Areas here Read
more about liquor bans and penalties here
Are national parks affected?
The following campgrounds are exempt from the regulations, noting that this pertains to the campground only and not to the rest of the National Park.
You will not commit an offence if you are travelling with unopened liquor across a prescribed area to or from these exempted areas where the consumption of liquor is now allowed.
The following national parks fall within the prescribed areas and are covered by the new law:
∑ the eastern half of
and the headquarters area. (The South Alligator, Mary River Ranger Stations and Jabiru are excluded.)∑
The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has declared the following campgrounds and viewing areas within these national parks exempt from the new law.
This means that the offences will no longer apply to anyone visiting these places:
Gunlom, Mardugal, Merl and Muirella campgrounds in
coach and car sunset viewing areas of
ii. Transport of alcohol when transiting through a prescribed area
The information prevously given has been superceded.
As each community is responsible for that community's Alcohol Management Plan, the specific requirements need to be sought from
the Land Council for that region.
As each community is responsible for that community's Alcohol Management Plan, the specific requirements need to be sought from the Land Council for that region.
The intent of the legislation is to prevent supplying of alcohol (sly grog) in communities where alcohol is prohibited. When transiting on regular tourist routes without going into the communities, there is unlikely to be any issue if the quantity carried is reasonable for oneís own consumption only, and that containers are sealed thus proving none has been consumed whilst in the prescribed area. Check with the Land Council for that area to ensure you do not break the law.
Bona fide travellers may take alcohol through a general restricted area, provided the container is
unopened and the alcohol is not given away, sold or consumed whilst in the restricted area. See this fact sheet Transportation
defence Transportation: Offences and defences: The law provides a defence for transporting liquor across a prescribed area,
as long as you can prove that your final destination is outside the prescribed area. Under this defence the liquor must be in your
control and must not be consumed while travelling in the prescribed area. It may be difficult for you to claim this defence if you
have a half-drunk bottle of wine even though the cap has been screwed back on or the wine was drunk outside the prescribed area.
A: This reply will cover the
At Camooweal the Lagoon on the
There are also commercial caravan parks in the town.
Briefly from east to west along the
Avon Downs rest area 56 kilometres west of the
Soudan rest area was also too close to the road for our taste. It is 122 kilometres west of the Qld border. Tracks may be usable by small campers.
Wonarah Bore Rest Area had plenty of room and a bit off the highway 207 kilometres west of the Qld border. This is on a loop of old road which makes a suitable unserviced overnight stop for the self sufficient.
Barkly Homestead Roadhouse near the junction of the
Frewena rest area is 55 kilometres west of Barkly Homestead Roadhouse. This former roadhouse site provides bore water and bins and is suitable for overnight stops.
Forty One Mile Bore is a large rest area 117 kilometres west of Barkly Homestead Roadhouse and is a good overnight stop. There are also tracks for getting further away. Tank water and bins provided.
See our 2009 Travelogues
A: This reply will cover the
At Camooweal the Lagoon on the
There are also commercial caravan parks in the Camooweal townsite.