Top End welcomes tourists after coronavirus lockdown

Iconic NT destinations open for interstate visitors from July.

The Northern Territory will start welcoming interstate tourists from 17 July.

The Northern Territory has announced the date it will open its borders after the COVID-19 lockdown with popular destinations, including Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national parks, again open to tourists.

It means from 17 July interstate visitors to the Northern Territory will not have to go into quarantine which had been enforced to restrict the spread of the disease.

Tourism Northern Territory is hoping to entice visitors from southern states to enjoy “the warm tropical north and spectacular blue skies of the Red Centre” in what would be a shorter tourist season.

The “dry season”, between May and October, is considered the best time to visit the Northern Territory.


Tourism NT Executive General Manager of Marketing Tony Quarmby said first-time visitors would be keen to visit popular NT destinations including Darwin, Alice Springs, Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu, Kings Canyon, Nitmiluk National Park, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands.

“The Territory is a truly iconic destination; one that’s on the bucket list for many Australians,” he said.

“For too long Australians have said ‘I’ll go one day’ – well that day has come, there are no excuses left.

“Everyone here is looking forward to reopening and sharing this spectacular part of our own backyard with the rest of the country. 

“This is your chance to escape your routine and the winter chill; the weather is warm, it’s more affordable than before, and there’s plenty of wide-open spaces to explore and shake off the isolation blues.”