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 to Gunlom will be closed temporarily due to the filming for the new Australian film High Ground from Sunday 28 October and reopening Sunday 4 November. We apologies for the inconvenience caused and recommend visitors keen to experience the park’s beautiful waterfalls consider a visit to Motor Car Falls, Maguk, Jim Jim Falls or Twin Falls.
- Water over road on varies 4WD dirt tracks, due to the recent rain storms. Please drive on the designated track and do not detour due to soft surfaces.
- Grader works are underway on the Gimbat/Gunlom road. Please obey all signs and drive with caution.
- The Barrk Marlam bushwalk and Twin Falls Plateau walk are closed due to extreme temperatures.
- The toilets at the Arnhem Highway Information Bay are closed for maintenance until further notice.
|Kakadu Highway||Open||100% complete Open since 13 October 2018|
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open||4WD essential|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Mamukala Wetlands||Open (!)||Day use only||100% complete Open since 19 September 2018|
|Gungarre Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD recommended|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|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 (!)||Minimal water over road, please drive with care|
|Cahills Crossing||Open||High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 2 October 2018|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|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||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans)||Closed||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents)||Open|
|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||4WD essential|
|Twin Falls||Open||High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Open||High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only||100% complete Open since 6 October 2018|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Open|
|Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Open||4WD essential|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Open (!)||Track grading underway|
|Maguk||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Open||4WD essential|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Open (!)||Track grading underway|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only and day use only|
|Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs)||Open|
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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