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

  • Cahill’s crossing at 0.06m,  open to high clearance 4WD with snorkel.
  • Merl campground 1 ( tent area) now open.
  • Magela Creek currently has 0.2m of water over the road and 0.2m at the s-bends – 4WD recommended
  • Ubirr officially open 8:30am - Sunset
  • Malabanjbanjdju tent campsite now open
  • Mardugal 2 campround is now officially open.
  • Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre,  Open daily 9am-5pm.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Closed Flooded due to wet season
Gungarre Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late July
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali Bike and Walking Track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid July
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 1 April 2018
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Burdulba Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open 4WD recommended 100% complete Open since 12 April 2018
Oenpelli Road (at Magella Creek) Open 100% complete Open since 20 April 2018
Cahills Crossing Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only 100% complete Open since 20 April 2018
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Merl Campground Closed
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early May
Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open (!) Track grading underway
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early May
Bubba Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late May
Home Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents) Open 100% complete Open since 15 April 2018
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Twin Falls Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late May
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early May
Maguk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Yurmikmik Walks Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Kambolgie Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid May
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open (!) Currently 4WD access only and day use only
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June

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.