| About Judbarra / Gregory National Park
in Northern Territory Australia
• Gregory National Park
Tracks for four-wheel drives The park has six rugged four-wheel
drive tracks to navigate. Tackle the 6 km Limestone Gorge track
to see a landscape dominated by limestone formations and boabs.
Or embark on the longer 197 km Broadarrow Track that crosses a
broad, flat plateau, rugged hilly country and alluvial plains.
• Jasper Gorge
Jasper Gorge with its permanent waterhole is located
48 kilometres, 30 miles, southwest of Timber Creek, just south
of the Aboriginal Land Trust area. Gregory National Park is a
remote area with rough terrain and features tropical and semi-arid
plant life, spectacular range and gorge scenery. It is a very
exciting park to explore if you have a 4WD but if not you can
still see Limestone Gorge.
• Gregory National Park
This park covers an area of about 13,000km sq and features spectacular
gorge scenery, rare wildlife species, and significant traces of
Aboriginal culture, European exploration and pastoral history.
It is divided into 2 sections – the Victoria river sector in the
east and the Gregory sector in the west. The Victoria river sector
is near the Victoria river crossing and winds through 250 meter
high tablelands, creating dramatic red cliffs. The large Gregory
sector lies just outside Timber Creek. In the Gregory sector,
Limestone Gorge provides a superb photographic opportunities.
Also of interest is the old cattle property outstation, Bullita
Homestead, with its traditional timber stockyards. Facilities
at both Bullita and Limestone gorge camping areas include BBQ’s,
picnic tables and pit toilets (note: the camp ground at Limestones
Gorge is currently closed). Those with a 4WD will love exploring
the network or 4x4 tracks. For more information, contact the Parks
and Wildlife office at Timber Creek on (08)8975 0888. No pets
allowed in the park.
Judbarra / Gregory National Park covers an area of around 13,000
square km in the transition zone between tropical and semi-arid
regions of the Northern Territory. The Park features spectacular
range and gorge scenery and significant traces of Aboriginal culture,
European exploration and pastoral history.
Where is Gregory National Park located
Gregory National Park starts some 200 klm west
of Katherine in Northern Territory. There are two sections to
the Gregory National Park. The Bullita Sector lies to the west
of the Wanimiyn and Ngaliwurru/Nungali Aboriginal Land Trusts.
The Victoria River Sector lies to the east of the same Trust area.
Located in the south of the Bullita section, domite blocks and
huge cliffs create the stunning Limestone Gorge - also good for
How to Get There
The Park may be reached via the Victoria Highway from either Katherine,
Kununurra or the unsealed Buntine Highway. Judbarra / Gregory
National Park can also be reached via the unsealed Buchanan Highway
When to Visit
A number of 4WD tracks have been established within the Park for
visitors who have the required safety equipment. Other roads within
the Park are accessible by 2WD vehicles, however towing caravans
or trailers over these tracks is not recommended. All roads, including
the Victoria Highway may become impassable during the wet season.
What to See and Do
Boating, canoeing, bushwalking, and Aboriginal Art appreciation.
•Plants & Animals
•Ranger Guided Activities
Fuel, provisions, public telephones and accommodation are available
at Timber Creek and the Victoria River Homestead. Police, banking
facilities, vehicle repairs, boat hire and emergency medical care
are available at Timber Creek.
Drinking water is available at Timber Creek and the Victoria
River Homestead. Water obtained from rivers and billabongs should
be boiled before drinking.
A number of tour operators operate within the Park, for further
information regarding these tours, contact your nearest Tourist
Features and facilities of the Park include:
•4 x 4 Driving
Gregory National Park only offers camping facilities which range
from toilets and wood BBQ facilities to 4WD bush camps. (These
have no toilet facilities) Commercial accommodation is available
at Timber Creek, Top Springs and Kalkaridngi which are not located
within the park.
A boat ramp is located at Big Horse Creek west of Timber Creek.
Changing tides, hidden snags and rocks make this section of the
Victoria River potentially hazardous. A 2WD boat ramp also located
at the Victoria River Gorge access in the Victoria Sector of the
A number of camping areas have been established throughout the
Park, incorporating barbecue areas, picnic tables and pit toilets.
A nominal camping fee applies.
Caravans accessible only off the Victoria Highway. Not recommended
to be taken into interior of Gregory National Park due to the
Marked walking tracks have been developed within the Park. Before
embarking on an extended bushwalk, visitors must first obtain
a permit from a Ranger station.
Plants and Animals
The rivers, creeks and billabongs throughout the area are inhabited
by both Freshwater and Saltwater (Estuarine) Crocodiles. The Saltwater
Crocodile is potentially dangerous to humans. For your safety,
do not swim in, or allow children to play near the water's edge.
Bullita Homestead and Limestone Gorge
How to get there:
Bullita Homestead and Limestone Gorge are both located on
the larger western section of Gregory National Park. Youwill find
the Bullita Access Road approx. 10 km east of Timber Creek township.
During the dry season it is possible to reach Bullita Homestead
by 2WD but not recommended, though a 2wd will need much higher
clearance than normal y to get to Limestone Gorge. We only recommend
4wd cars and 4wd camper trailers in this area.
• Limestone Gorge Campground
Closed Permanently for vehicle access due to erosion damage
• Limestone Gorge - Calcite Flow Walk
Closed Due to the Wet Season. Will re-open later in 2014.
• Bullita Campground is not far from the homestead, just follow
the signs. It's on the banks of the East Baines River and you
can go down to the river crossing and try to catch some dinner.
• Camping Fees
A standard fee applies at Sullivans Creek, Big Horse Creek and
Envelopes are provided at the fee deposit box near the entrance
of the campgrounds.
Campgrounds along the 4WD tracks are free.
Bullita Homestead is approx 40+ klm from the highway go back into
the life of our early pioneers and pastoralists. Bullita was an
outstation for the Durack family; they were firmly linked with
cattle and the opening up of interior Australia in the 1880s.
The old homestead still stands and the name of one of the Duracks
is carved into a nearby boab tree. Cattle were taken from Bullita
and Humbert River stations along the road that runs through Gregory
N.P. today. This road connected to the Auvergne Stock Route farther
to the north. Evidence of cattle-working facilities used by these
large stations is still visible. The Spring Creek Cattle Yards
were typical of yards used during cattle drives when up to 500
head might be moved. The Drovers Rest camp near Bullita was the
site of a regular drovers’ camp.
How to get to Limestone Gorge take the turn off approx 35
km along the Bullita access road. Make sure you are fuelled up
first and have day supplies plenty and available.
The Calcite Flow Walk - Limestone Gorge
The Calcite Flow Walk is 2 km before the campground, take your
time and be prepared to give up and return if it gets to rough
for you in a 4wd. The Calcite Flow Walk is a short and easy walk
and gives you scenic distant views over the limestone formations
that this part of Gregory National Park is renowned for.
Limestone Ridge Loop Walk
The 1.8 km Limestone Ridge Loop Walk starts from the edge of the
campground. It winds and straggles along the outcropped ridge
through the unusual limestone surrounding landscape, with distant
views in spots of the East Baines River Valley.
Gregory's Tree is another historic site that is two-wheel drive
accessible. A network of remote four-wheel drive tracks for those
who are well-equipped and well prepared is open usually during
May to November. Distinctive Boab Trees occur throughout the park
but are particularly striking in the limestone landscapes that
can only be reached by four-wheel drive vehicles. The western
section of the park extends from the sub tropical zone in the
north to the semi-arid zone in the south.