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 and maintenance information
Mardukal Billabong, Manngarre Rainforest, and Bardedjilidji walking tracks are closed due to seasonal conditions.
Water over the road in numerous areas, please drive with care.
The Oenpelli Road is now closed at Cahills Crossing. Estuarine (Saltwater) crocodiles are present in this area, adhere to all warning signs and do not enter the water.
Restricted opening hours for Ubirr art site are from 2pm to sunset until the 31st of March 2020. Permitted tour operators can access prior to 2pm using their wet season access key.
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre will be closed for maintenance works until approximately the end of February. Apologies for any inconvenience.
- No fuel available at Aurora Kakadu Resort, South Alligator.
- Road works are currently underway near Kambolgie campground. Drive slowly and adhere to all signage.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Forecast to open mid May|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area)||Closed|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Open||Restricted opening hours||100% complete Open since 11 January 2020|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open|
|Cahills Crossing||Closed||Forecast to open early March|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Closed||Forecast to open early May|
|Bardedjilidji Walk||Closed||Forecast to open early May|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Merl Campground||Closed||Forecast to open early April|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open||100% complete Open since 9 December 2019|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 9 December 2019|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 9 December 2019|
|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||Closed|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Closed|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open early June|
|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||Forecast to open early April|
|Maguk||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge||Closed||Forecast to open early June|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Closed||Forecast to open late May|
|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.
|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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