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

  Access and maintenance information

  • Due to cultural reasons all visitor sites in the East Alligator Region including Ubirr, Cahills Crossing viewing platform, Manngarre rainforest walk, Bardedjilidji walk, Merl campground as well as East Alligator upstream and downstream boat ramps will be closed until Monday the 9th of December. 
  • Due to cultural reasons Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site, Anbangbang Billabong and Nawurlandja lookout will be closed from Friday the 6th of December until Monday the 9th of December. 
  • Gunlom bottom plunge pool and campground are closed temporarily  as crocodile surveys are being undertaken. 
  • Marrawuddi Gallery and Bowali Café will be closed on the 7th and 14th of December.
  •  Yurmikmik walks is now accessible by high clearance 4WD only due to water over the road. Please drive with care and adhere to all signage in place. 
  • No fuel is available at Aurora Kakadu Resort.
  • Road works are currently underway near Kambolgie campground. Drive slowly and adhere to all signage.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre Walk 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
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk 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 Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Merl Campground Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Closed Cultural business Forecast to open early December
Kubara Pools 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 one (caravans) Closed
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed
Twin Falls Closed Road impassable
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Road impassable
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Forecast to open early June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Forecast to open early July
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) 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 Closed Crocodile trapping and surveys
Maguk Open 4WD essential
Yurmikmik Walks Open
Kambolgie Campground Open Camping fees apply
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Closed Forecast to open early June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.2 m water over road
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.

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.