Northern Territory Government

Fossicking in the Northern Territory

Useful links

Driving in the Northern Territory can pose unique challenges even to the experienced traveler, and road conditions can change rapidly, particularly in the wet season from October to May. Always check road conditions before travelling.

The Northern Territory Government has published information to make your adventure easier and safer.  Familiarise yourself with updated road conditions, National Park closures, weather, rest areas and other information prior to setting out and during your journey.

Road conditions

Up to date road conditions are contained on the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics's Road Report website. Contact number: 1800 246 199 (free call)


The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics multilingual pamphlet - Driving in the Northern Territory provides road safety and trip planning hints for visitors to the NT. For information about sharing the road, visit the Road Train page.

Territory Parks and Reserves

Information about the Territory's National Parks, including access and closures can be found on the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security website.

Weather conditions

To check local weather conditions, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for updated weather forecasts, rainfall and severe weather warnings.

Where can I get more information?

Tourist attractions

To help plan your trip, find other things to do and see while in the NT or to find accommodation, visit the Tourism NT website. The site also provides details of local visitor information centers that can assist with advice, maps and brochures.

Fossicking tours

During March to October, the Gemtree Caravan Park runs fossicking tours among other activities.

Land Councils

Aboriginal land is privately owned. It is not Crown or public land and a permit is required to enter. Aboriginal land is administered by four Land Councils however the main areas for fossicking are covered by the Central Land Council and the Northern Land Council

Visit the appropriate Land Council's website to obtain contact details or download a permit application.

Please note: a permit is not required to fossick on any declared fossicking area.

Aboriginal Sacred Sites

Aboriginal Sacred Sites are protected areas and as such fossicking is not allowed. For more information visit the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority.

Pastoral leases

Pastoral lease holder contact details are available from the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security. Email with requests for information.

NT Gem Clubs, websites and other useful contacts

Top End Gem & Mineral Club
(Club Secretary - Adina Poole Ph: 08 8927 3285) 
94 Allwright St, Wanguri NT 0810

NT Prospectors and Detectorists Association
(Chairman - Graham McMahon ph.: 08-8985 2907)
70 Nemarluk Drive, Ludmilla NT 0820

NT Prospectors
Prospecting the Territory
Contact: Mr Bill O'Shea ph.: 0457703050
PO Box 582, Tennant Creek NT 0860

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade would like to acknowledge the non-government organisations for contributing to this website.