Cattle near national park tourist icon




A bull was grazing on the sparse drought-stricken vegetation at the base of Corroboree Rock yesterday, a national park in the East MacDonnells and a prime tourist attraction.

There are also cow and horse droppings and hoof marks nearby.
The News has put the following questions to the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture, which is in charge of parks: What is the department’s policy about livestock in national parks? Is it being implemented? How?
We will update this report when the replies are to hand.


  1. One only needs to look at the state of NT Parks and Reserves to know very little effort is made in conserving the environment or NRM practice.
    Why should a bull grazing on a national park come as a surprise? Weeds are only managed around tourist camp grounds and paths, feral cats and foxes run rampant resulting in eradication of wildlife, lack of burning means wildfire destroys more and more land each year and joint management agreements are merely tokenism as there is never the money to address the wishes of traditional owners.
    Parks only have money to cater for tourists and to pay wages. Problem is, tourists don’t want to see buffel grass, cows and cats.

  2. There’s also cattle in the Ruby Gap Nature Park.
    There was a mob of them when we took visitors there in May and they were still there in August when we made another trip to the park.

  3. We were out that way this past weekend and there was a small herd of cattle around the same area and evidence of a lot more when we hiked through Trephina Gorge. Time for a muster maybe.


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