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

Hot and windy conditions, please take care with fire.

Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) is now closed.

No shop or fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.

A reminder to all visitors that COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions focused on keeping the community safe. Make sure you keep informed about any restrictions, and register at visitor sites and campgrounds using the Territory Check-In app.

Works occurring in various location along Kakadu Highway, expected to be completed early 2022. 

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open Roadworks in various locations
Old Jim Jim Road Open Currently high clearance 4WD
South Alligator region
South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Four Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD only
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Seasonal closure
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open Practice social distancing and use the Territory Check In app to register 100% complete Open since 23 August 2021
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Open
Malabanjbanjdju campground Open Camping fees apply
Burdulba campground Open Camping fees apply
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open 100% complete Open since 11 September 2021
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open
Manngarre rainforest walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Bardedjilidji walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk Closed Seasonal closure
Merl campground Open
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja lookout walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong walk Open Follow track markers
Kubara pools walk (Gubara pools walk) Open 4WD recommended
Nanguluwurr art site walk Open
Barrk sandstone walk Closed Seasonal closure, will re-open once regular rainfall occurs
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground Open
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) campground Open
Bubba wetlands walk Open
Mirray (Mirrai) lookout walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boardwalk Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open Contact reservations@yellowwater.com.au to book
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat ramp Open (!) Day use only
Home Billabong walk Closed Closed
Home Billabong boat ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Open Camping fees apply, EFTPoS or cash
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply, EFTPoS or cash
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong walk Open
Mardukal Billabong boat ramp Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) campground Open
Jim Jim Billabong boat ramp Open
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) campground Open
Budjmi lookout walk Open
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmallam) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only, drive with care
Barrk Marlam walk Closed Seasonal closure
Twin Falls gorge Closed Seasonal closure
Twin Falls plateau (escarpment) walk Closed Seasonal closure
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Site closed until further notice
Maguk Open
Yurmikmik walks Open 4WD recommended
Kambolgie campground Open 4WD recommended
Bukbukluk lookout Open
Gungurul campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul lookout and river walk Open Lookout walk open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late May
Guratba/Gimbat day use area Closed Seasonal closure
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) rock holes Open 4WD essential. Camping prohibited
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Open 4WD access only

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.