Booderee National Park will close to visitors until at least May, to reduce the impact of cornavirus on the local community, Parks Australia announced on Tuesday, March 24.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks will also be temporarily closed to visitors and other non-essential travellers for a minimum of two weeks.
"Our national parks and botanic gardens are treasured places for both locals and visitors alike, however the health and wellbeing of visitors, staff, and local communities is our utmost priority," said Director of National Parks, Dr James Findlay.
"These decisions have been made in consultation with key stakeholders for each site including traditional owners represented by the joint Boards of Management, Central Land Council, Northern Land Councils, and the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council, and we will continue to work together.
"Longer term options for these sites will be assessed over the next fortnight as we continue to monitor the advice of medical authorities and the government."
Booderee National Park will close from 5pm Wednesday, March 25.
Camping will be cancelled until May 1 and no forward bookings taken until there is greater clarity on the longer-term arrangements for the park.
Visitors who have bookings in place will be contacted to arrange refunds.
Parks Australia will continue to facilitate access for residents of the park and surrounding Aboriginal communities, essential services, and those working in the community.
Key operational staff will continue to work on site in each park to complete vital work to maintain these significant protected natural and cultural environments, including maintaining the living collections and seed collections at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
For details and updates, please check the Parks Australia website www.parksaustralia.gov.au/covid-19