Flocks of Territorians have come out to enjoy a beautiful dry-season day at the famed Litchfield National Park outside Darwin.
- Hundreds of people enjoyed Litchfield National Park on the first full day of restrictions being eased
- Some are looking forward to the gym, others a “pub lunch”
- Further restrictions, including on restaurants, will be eased on May 15
The only hints the Territory was in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic could be found in the large numbers of police around, and the signs at the park’s entrance urging people to stay 1.5 metres apart.
And perhaps a mad enthusiasm to enjoy newfound freedoms.
For 20-somethings Jemimah, Ash, Kara and Josh, the easing of strict restrictions came just in time.
“We have felt a bit cooped up, the four of us at home without a pool. Now, coming down here to Florence Falls is amazing.”
For Jemimah, the hope some normal life may be returning was deeply personal.
“I haven’t seen my dog Marlie since the borders shut,” she said.
“She is down in South Australia and I can’t wait to get her up here.”
‘What I’ve been waiting for’
The NT Government rolled out stage one of its official roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown on May 1.
It meant some waterholes, including Buley and Florence Falls, were open for Territorians from midday yesterday.
Florence Falls was heaving with people today, but it was obvious they were trying their best to remain physically distant.
“That is what I have been waiting for, I just can’t wait for that first chicken parmi and a nice cold one.”
Camping full at Litchfield
People from Darwin were lining up from 8:00am yesterday to get the best camping spot in the national park.
Sites were scooped up, and full, and the enthusiasm did not die down overnight.
“Some of us are feeling a bit rusty”, Sam, who camped with friends in the park, said.
Kaylie said she was happy to be going for a swim but her number-one priority was returning to the gym, when it opened, to “sweat out some anxiety”.