Kakadu National Park

The Kakadu Access Report provides daily updates on the status of key visitor sites throughout Kakadu National Park.

Take in the big picture on the map and scroll down for more information about sites which interest you.

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.

Latest news

 

  • Anbangbang Billibong 2kms walk is partly open with a section of walking track still being closed due to the high water levels. Adhere all signage and follow walking track markers.
  • Jim Jim Falls open. High clearance 4WD only. Please drive with care and adhere to speed limit.
  • Barrk Marlam walk 6km return is now open and the Viewing pool walk 800m return.
  • Mardugal Billabong Walk now open.
  • 4 Mile Hole is now open to 4WD only. Please adhere to signage and remain camped 50 metres away from the waters edge.
  • Barrk walk is closed  short term due to controlled burning off in the area.
  • Ranger guided walks & talks commence 30th May to 28th September.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 24 May 2018
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open 100% complete Open since 7 June 2018
Gungarre Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD recommended 100% complete Open since 3 June 2018
Four Mile Hole Billabong Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 11 June 2018
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali Bike and Walking Track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Closed Infrastructure installation 90% complete Forecast to open mid June
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 8 May 2018
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open (!) Minimal water over road, please drive with care
Cahills Crossing Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid June
Bardedjilidji Walk Open 100% complete Open since 10 May 2018
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Merl Campground Open
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 7 June 2018
Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 1 June 2018
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 1 June 2018
Bubba Walk Closed Site cleanup
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 100% complete Open since 21 May 2018
Home Billabong Walk Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans) Open 100% complete Open since 4 June 2018
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 11 June 2018
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 1 June 2018
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 9 June 2018
Twin Falls Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid July
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid July
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 8 June 2018
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Forecast to open late June
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Open (!) Day use only 100% complete
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid July
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Mary River region
Gunlom Open 100% complete Open since 27 April 2018
Maguk Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 28 May 2018
Yurmikmik Walks Open
Kambolgie Campground Open 4WD recommended
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 8 June 2018
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 4 May 2018
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open (!) Currently 4WD access only and day use only
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open early July

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.

Step Status Description Progress
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

More information

For more information about Kakadu National Park, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on (08) 8938 1120.