Kakadu Access Report
The Kakadu Access Report provides daily updates on the status of key visitor sites throughout Kakadu National Park.
Please visit the NT Government Road Report for more information about the surrounding region.
To learn more about interpreting this report, take a look at the steps to opening a site below.
- Access and maintenance information
- Mardukal 1 campground will close from Monday 14 October. Mardukal 2 campground will remain open.
- Please be aware that Gunlom campground, day use area and plunge pool are open while the walk to the top pools remains closed.
- Aurora Kakadu Resort, South Alligator is closed for business. Fuel is available at Corroboree Park Tavern and in Jabiru.
Seasonal Closure - Kurrung is an extremely hot time of the year. Heat exhaustion and dehydration can hit suddenly, and heat-related illnesses can have dire consequences in remote locations. As visitor safety is our top priority we have scheduled the following closure dates for 2019, consistent with our closure plans of previous years:
- Jim Jim Falls - From 4:00 pm, Sunday, 3 November 2019. Unless sudden heavy rains require the site to be closed earlier.
- Access to Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) is strictly by 4WD only. No potable water onsite, so carry plenty of drinking water. Satellite phone or personal locator beacon (PLB ), first aid kit and recovery gear are essential.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Open||4WD essential|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Open|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open||4WD essential|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD recommended|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD essential|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Open||4WD essential|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Bowali Bike and Walking Track||Open|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Burdulba Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Open|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Open|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Merl Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open|
|Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures||Forecast to open early February|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Bubba Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Open|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Open|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Road impassable|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed||Road impassable|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Open|
|Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk||Closed||Forecast to open early June|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Road impassable|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Closed||Forecast to open early July|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Maguk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Closed||Forecast to open early June|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Open|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes||Open||4WD essential|
|Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs)||Closed|
Steps to opening a site
At the end of the wet season, there are typically four steps to opening a visitor site, ranging from preliminary site assessment to crocodile trapping and surveys.
Some sites also require infrastructure installation before they can be opened to the public.
Please refer to the table below for details of the work involved at each stage.
|Site temporarily closed||Closed||Site closed due to events beyond Kakadu's control. For example: flooding, bushfires, roadworks or extreme weather.||0% complete 0% complete|
|Preliminary site assessment||Closed||Inspect the site and plan upcoming works. Takes one day to complete.||5% complete 5% complete|
|Site maintenance works||Closed||Initial cleanup, road repairs, early dry season burning, feral animal and weed control. Takes one to three weeks.||30% complete 30% complete|
|Site cleanup||Closed||Cleaning and maintenance of visitor facilities, walking tracks and signage. Takes two weeks.||60% complete 60% complete|
|Crocodile trapping and surveys||Closed||Crocodile trap installation and monitoring. Takes two weeks.||75% complete 75% complete|
|Infrastructure installation||Closed||Followed by Park Manager approval and site opening.||90% complete 90% complete|
|Open, but beware of risks||Open (!)||Possible risks include: road conditions, fire management and ongoing maintenance work.||100% complete 100% complete|
|Site open||Open||Conditions are good. Any site specific advice will be noted.||100% complete 100% complete|
For more information about Kakadu National Park, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on (08) 8938 1120.
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