TRAVELLERS from the coast have crossed borders for a bit of northern exposure but it hasn't been enough to help boost the suffering tourism season at the top end.
A Katherine tourism operator believes NT border changes have triggered a small rise in tourists, but the numbers are dropping as the wet season approaches.
This means there has been no late tourism boom in the town.
Riverview Tourist Village manager Dee Miller said a trickle of visitors have come to Katherine recently, mostly from states with open borders.
"Most of them are from South Australia and Queensland," she said.
"We've even had a few grey nomads from Victora that haven't gone home."
Ms Miller said it's been a relief to get a small amount of business.
"Once the borders opened, they decided they'd travel."
The rare visitors to Katherine include the Burns family from Port Macquarie in New South Wales, who have travelled to the town via South Australia.
Jodie Burns said the family had always planned to visit the NT, but decided to travel through South Australia when the border rules changed.
"Queensland borders are closed, WA borders are closed, so as soon as they opened their border, we changed route to South Australia."
The NT government has tried to boost local tourism by encouraging people to get in earlier for the next round of the popular tourist vouchers, which opens Monday night.
The vouchers offer a $200 discount on tourist bookings.
The NT Government estimates the first round of the voucher scheme generated over $9.6 million.