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

**Please drive with care on all roads within the National Park, we recommend avoided traveling in the hours of dawn or dusk as wildlife are more active during these times. **

  • Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) is now open, 4WD essential for access into this visitor site. For permits to access this area please visit https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/plan/permits/ or via phone on 89381140
  • 0.9m at Barringtonia crossing between Bucket and Alligator billabong 4WD High clearance with snorkel only 
  • Manngarre Rainforest Walk is partly open, please follow track makers. 

Track grader works currently underway on various  unsealed roads within the National Park, please drive with care and adhere to all signage in place.

**Ranger guided walks & talks commence 30th May to 28th September. Full program can be viewed online via www.parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/do/ranger-guided-activities/ **

Road work currently commence soon to replace guardrails at three crossing on the Arnhem Highway at Wildman River West Culvert, West Alligator Bridge and Flying Fox Creek Bridge, please drive with care and adhere all signage. For further information contact Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics Project Manager Cielo Alvaran on 89994673 or email cielo.alvaran@nt.gov.au 

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 24 May 2018
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open 100% complete Open since 7 June 2018
Gungarre Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.9 m water over road 100% complete Open since 26 June 2018
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.9 m water over road 100% complete Open since 26 June 2018
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.9 m water over road 100% complete Open since 26 June 2018
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD recommended 100% complete Open since 3 June 2018
Four Mile Hole Billabong Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 11 June 2018
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali Bike and Walking Track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Closed Forecast to open mid July
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 100% complete Open since 15 June 2018
Bardedjilidji Walk Open
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Site cleanup 60% complete Forecast to open mid July
Merl Campground Open
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 7 June 2018
Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Open 100% complete Open since 29 June 2018
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 1 June 2018
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 1 June 2018
Bubba Walk Closed
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 100% complete Open since 21 May 2018
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) Open 100% complete Open since 4 June 2018
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 11 June 2018
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 9 June 2018
Twin Falls Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 8 June 2018
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Open (!) Day use only 100% complete Open since 13 July 2018
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 22 June 2018
Mary River region
Gunlom Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Maguk Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 28 May 2018
Yurmikmik Walks Open
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) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 8 June 2018
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open (!) Currently 4WD access only and day use only
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Open 100% complete Open since 6 July 2018

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.