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

Access and maintenance information

  • Ubirr and Merl campgrounds are open, but the road remains impassable for two-wheel drive vehicles and 4WD vehicles that do not have high clearance. Experienced drivers in high-clearance vehicles should note that the Oenpelli Road still has 0.6 m of water over it at Magela Creek and S-Bends. Extreme caution must be exercised if attempting the Magela Creek crossing.
  • Gunlom is open but a 4WD is recommended.
  • Yellow Water Cruises are operating – call (08) 8979 1500 for bookings. The boardwalk and boat ramp remain closed due to high water levels. 
  • Malabanjbanjdju tent area is open.
  • Mardukal and Djarradin (Muirella Park) campgrounds are now open.
  • Marrawuddi Gallery and Bowali Cafe are open on Easter Sunday only, closed Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday. Regular business hours resume on Tuesday, 23 April.

Seasonal conditions information

  • Malabanjbanjdju caravan area and Burdulba campground remain closed due to surrounding high water levels.
  • Cahills Crossing is closed due to flooding.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Road impassable Forecast to open late May
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open
Gungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Forecast to open early May
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Forecast to open early May
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Forecast to open early May
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali Bike and Walking Track Open (!) Day use only 100% complete Open since 15 April 2019
Illigadjarr Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 5 April 2019
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late April
Burdulba Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late April
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Closed Road impassable Forecast to open late April
Cahills Crossing Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late May
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early May
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Extreme temperatures Forecast to open mid May
Merl Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open
Barrk Bush Walk Open (!) Day use only
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late April
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 late May
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early May
Home Billabong Walk Closed
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Twin Falls Closed Flooded due to wet season
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Flooded due to wet season
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Mary River region
Gunlom Open 4WD recommended
Maguk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Yurmikmik Walks Open 4WD recommended
Kambolgie Campground Open 4WD recommended
Bukbukluk Lookout Open 4WD recommended
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Flooded due to wet season
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed Flooded due to wet season

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.