Uluru – for many the icon of Australian tourism – will reopen to local visitors this Friday, June 19, as will Kakadu National Park in a  purely symbolic boost to Australia’s travel industry, Tourist Parks Australia has revealed.

It’s symbolic for now because no-one except locals can visit due to the NT govt requirement that all interstate and international visitors must quarantine at their own cost for 14 days before actually doing anything.

Director of National Parks, Dr James Findlay said access will be restricted to some areas of the national parks while at Uluru “the Cultural Centre and associated businesses will remain closed, will organised group activities and tours.

“However there will be plenty of opportunity to seek recreation and relaxation.

“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.

“We ask visitors to continue maintaining social distancing. We’ll be conducting additional cleaning of high contact areas and extra hand wash stations will be set up at key high‐contact locations throughout the parks.

“Some paths or areas may be one‐directional or have other health and safety restrictions related to COVID‐19, so we request visitors please observe arrows and signs.”

Dr Findlay said: “Kakadu National Park will be open for day use only, between 8 am and 5 pm. Most boat ramps will be open, and 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.

“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.”

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