Uluru reopening date revealed
VISITORS will be able to return to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for watching from next Friday.
Parks Australia officially confirmed the park would reopen on June 19, with walking tracks and sunrise and sunset viewing areas open again for visitors.
Kakadu National Park is also set to reopen on June 19 for day trips and many have criticised Parks Australia's decision to not reopen it last weekend as travel restrictions lifted across the NT.
Tourism Top End chief executive officer Glen Hingley said the two week wait had cost tourism operators more than $1 million.
National Parks director Dr James Findlay said the delay was largely due to infrastructure upgrades.
"Currently, we are continuing to make some urgent infrastructure repairs across the park,
including at the Bowali Visitor Centre which will remain closed for several weeks, district ranger stations and staff housing. These are a priority in supporting increased visitation," he said.
Dr Findlay said Kakadu will be open for day use only, between 8 am and 5 pm, with no overnight camping permitted during the first stage of reopening.
"Overnight camping will not be permitted in Kakadu during the first stage of re‐opening, however there are many accommodation options for visitors at Jabiru, Cooinda and Mary River," he said.
"Most boat ramps will be open, meaning visitors will once again be able to enjoy some of the Top End's best fishing
"Mamukala Wetlands, Mangarre Rainforest, Bardedjilidji, Gungural, the Yurmikmik area and the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region will also be open, allowing for some stunning walks and access to Kakadu's wildlife and world‐class rock art."
"At Uluru‐Kata Tjuta National Park, walking tracks and sunrise and sunset viewing areas will be open. Visitors can take a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole, hike around the base of Uluru or explore Kata Tjuta's breathtaking views.
There are plenty of opportunities for walking, wildlife watching, photography and other activities.
"The Cultural Centre and associated businesses will remain closed during this first stage of reopening, as will organised group activities and tours."
Originally published as Uluru reopening date revealed