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.
Estuarine (saltwater) crocodile sightings in Jabiru Town Lake. These animals are likely to be very aggressive, and an attack can lead to death. Stay away from the water’s edge and observe all signage in place
There have been a number of sightings of estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles in roadside culverts and along flooded causeways across the park. These animals are likely to be very aggressive, and an attack can lead to death.
Don’t risk your life! Refrain from stopping at causeways and from fishing roadside culverts, stay away from the water’s edge and observe all signage in place.
Kakadu waterways are susceptible to flash flooding and rapid currents, and many waterways are home to crocodiles.
Road works occurring on the Kubara road. Please drive with care and obey all signage.
Access and maintenance information
The Director of National Parks acknowledges the passing of Mr M. Nakangila Bangalang, prominent and important Senior Murrwan Traditional Owner in the Erre Region and member of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.
Out of our respect for Nakangila and in line with cultural practice and the wishes of the Traditional Owners from the Erre (East Alligator) region, parts of Kakadu National Park will be closed until further notice.
This includes the East Alligator River itself, the upstream and downstream boat ramps and Ubirr.
The Yurmikmik walks (Boulder Creek and Motor Car Falls) are open. Water levels remain high, we do not recommend swimming. Road damage, access by high clearance 4WD only.
The Mary River Information centre and facilities will be closed for renovations until mid-April. Nearest facilities are at Gungurul campground (composting amenities) and Cooinda Lodge Kakadu (full services). Upon completion these upgrades will accommodate wheel chair accessibility to the centre and facilities.
- Oenpelli Road (road to Ubirr) closed at Magela Creek crossing at 0.6 meters. Estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles are present in this area, adhere to all signage and do not enter the water.
- No fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. shop, bar and motel rooms are closed until further notice, however camping and budget rooms are available. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Mamukala wetlands||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Kungarre Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid June|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open||Café remains closed until further notice|
|Yilikadjarr walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Burdulba Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Closed||Depending on road conditions at Magela Creek crossing|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Closed||closed due to wet season|
|Cahills Crossing||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Closed|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late April|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid May|
|Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only, Roadworks|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open||4WD recommended|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid April|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bubba Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open||Cruises depart from Cooinda Lodge, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mardukal Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Closed|
|Jim Jim Billabong Boat Ramp||Closed|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early July|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early May|
|Maguk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Yurmikmik Walks||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only|
|Gungurul Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes||Open||4WD essential. Camping prohibited|
|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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