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.
All permits are exhausted (Includes day use, camping and or bushwalking) for Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) during June, July, and August 2021.
- Roadworks in various locations along the Kakadu Highway. Please slow down and heed all directions and signage.
- Park rangers will be conducting regular roadside fauna surveys along Arnhem Hwy, Kakadu Hwy and Oenpelli Road until mid-June. Please approach the slow-driving and frequently stopping vehicle with caution and overtake only when safe.
Access and maintenance information
The closure advice for the East Alligator (Erre) region following the recent passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk traditional owner Nakangila Banggalang has been revised.
At the request of the traditional owners of the East Alligator (Erre) region, the Oenpelli Road, including Cahills Crossing and the upstream and downstream boat ramps have now reopened.
Access will remain closed to Ubirr, Merl campground and all walks in the area, including Manngarre Rainforest, Bardedjilidji walk, and River and Sandstone (Badbong Wodjmeng) walks, until further notice.
The Guluyambi Cruise departs from the East Alligator River upstream boat ramp, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book.
No fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Kungarre Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 12 May 2021|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.6 m water over road||100% complete|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.6 m water over road||100% complete|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.6 m water over road||100% complete|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only||100% complete Open since 17 June 2021|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Preliminary site assessment||5% complete Forecast to open early July|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late July|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open||Café remains closed until further notice|
|Yilikadjarr walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late June|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Burdulba Campground||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 27 May 2021|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Closed||Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open||100% complete Open since 6 May 2021|
|Cahills Crossing||Open||Check Road Report NT for updates||100% complete Open since 6 May 2021|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Closed||Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons|
|Bardedjilidji Walk||Closed||Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons.|
|Merl Campground||Closed||Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open||Follow seasonal track markers||100% complete Open since 20 May 2021|
|Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open||4WD recommended|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open||4WD recommended|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Open|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 13 May 2021|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 20 May 2021|
|Bubba Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late June|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Open||100% complete Open since 27 May 2021|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open||Contact email@example.com to book||100% complete Open since 6 May 2021|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Open||Boat ramp and car park accessible - day use only||100% complete Open since 6 May 2021|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late June|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Open||Camping fees apply, EFTPoS or cash||100% complete Open since 13 May 2021|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open||Camping fees apply, EFTPoS or cash|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Open||100% complete|
|Mardukal Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 12 May 2021|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Closed||Site maintenance works|
|Jim Jim Billabong Boat Ramp||Closed|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Closed||Crocodile trapping and surveys||75% complete Forecast to open late June|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late July|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Closed||Site preparation||Forecast to open late June|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late July|
|Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late June|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late July|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late July|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Closed||Site closed until further notice|
|Maguk||Open||Currently 4WD access||100% complete Open since 20 May 2021|
|Yurmikmik Walks||Open||4WD recommended|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||4WD recommended||100% complete Open since 7 May 2021|
|Gungurul Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open||Lookout walk open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge||Open||High-clearance 4WD required, access by permit only||100% complete Open since 20 May 2021|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Open||100% complete Open since 20 May 2021|
|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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