Keep River National Park

Overview
Located 468 km west of Katherine along the Northern Territory/Western Australia border, Keep River National Park is noted for its striking landforms.

 

How to get there
The Park entrance is 3 km east of the NT/WA border. Formed gravel roads suitable for 2WD vehicles lead to the main attractions. During the wet season roads may be closed due to flooding. All vehicles are restricted to formed roads only.

 

When to visit
The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May through to the end of August, when temperatures range from 35 degrees celcius max down to 10 degrees celcius min.

 

What to see and do
Visitors to the Park are provided with excellent opportunities for bushwalking, photography and the chance to learn about geological events that have shaped this landscape.

 

Past evidence of volcanic activity, massive marine deposits and glaciation are visible in the rocks and landforms of this region.

 

Visitor facilties
Two camping areas have been provided: Gurrandalng, located 15km from the Park entrance and Jarnem, located 28km from the Park entrance. Camping facilities include tables, barbecues and pit toilets. Drinking water is available at two sites within the Park. Generators are permitted in the park at the Gurrandalng campground but must be turned off by 8:30pm.

 

Please remember
Bushwalkers planning long walks or camping overnight outside the formal camping areas MUST NOTIFY a Ranger before setting off. Special conditions for overnight hikers involves getting a permit which can take up to a week or more to process so you need to be pre-organised and contact the rangers for a copy of the permit and the other information you need to provide rangers with.

 

NO self guiding pamphlets are available for any of the walking tracks here. There is interpretive information at the walks and visitor centre.

 

You will need drinking water, appropriate footwear and a hat. It is also advisable to have the topographical 1:100,000 scale map of the area.

 

Generators are permitted in the park at the Gurrandalng campground but must be turned off by 8:30pm.

 

Pets are NOT allowed in the Park.

 

Please collect firewood before arriving at your picnic or campsite.

 

Recreational activities

 

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>>Walking Tracks
From the camping areas, visitors can explore the rugged and dissected terrain of sandstone formations. Longer walking tracks are located at the campgrounds while short walks are found at the artsite and other localities. Self guiding pamphlets are provided at the beginning of some of these walks. Thousands of years of erosion by the Keep River has formed the shallow sandstone Keep River Gorge. A short walk along the floor of the Gorge provides an opportunity to view an Aboriginal Art site.

 

Scenic & cultural features
The Park falls within the Aboriginal tribal area of the Mirriuwoong and Gadjerong Aboriginal People. The Nganalam Art Site provides the visitor with the chance to see some of the rock art characteristic of the area. The artsite is a short walk from the carpark.

 

Plants & animals
Short eared Rock-wallabies, white quilled rock-pigeons and sandstone shrike-thrushes are among some of the interesting animals that live in this area.

 

Ranger guided activities

 

Campfire talk
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1 June to 31 August, 2006.
Time: 7.30pm
Meet: Garrandalng Campground.
Discover Keep River National Park - meet a Ranger and discover the secrets of Keep River. Bring your questions, something to sit on and a cup for billy tea.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The Parks and Wildlife Service NT

 

 

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