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.

To learn more about interpreting this report, take a look at the steps to opening a site below.

Latest news

  • Cahills Crossing is at 1 metre and rising we advise don’t attempt to drive through.
  • Magela creek is 0.2 metres over the road and 0.2 metres at the “S” bends 4WD high clearance only

Seasonal closure information:

  • Gimbat picnic area is now closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • Old Darwin Road closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • Red Lily, Bucket and Alligator Billabong campgrounds are now closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • 2 Mile is now closed due to seasonal flooding. 
  • Manngarre rainforest walk, Sandstone river walk and Merl campground are now closed due to seasonal flooding.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Flooded due to wet season
South Alligator region
South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open
Gungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong Closed
Bucket Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season
Alligator Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season
West Alligator Head Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late September
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali bike and walking track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Malabanjbanjdju tent area Open Camping fees apply
Malabanjbanjdju caravan area Open Camping fees apply
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magella Creek) Open 4WD recommended
Cahills Crossing Closed Road impassable
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bardedjilidji Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Sandstone and River Bush Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Merl Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Gubara Pools Walk Open (!) Day use only
Nanguluwur rock art walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Closed Extreme temperatures
Muirella Park Campground Open Camping fees apply
Sandy Billabong Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bubba Walk Closed
Mirrai Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water Boardwalk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Yellow Water Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water Boat Ramp Open
Home Billabong Walk Closed
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardugal Campground 1 (Caravan) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Mardugal Campground 2 (Tent) Open Camping fees apply
Mardugal Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Gungardun Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late September
Twin Falls Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid August
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Flooded due to wet season
Garnamarr Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid August
Barrk Marlam Bush Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid October
Twin Falls Plateau Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Flooded due to wet season
Maguk Closed Flooded due to wet season
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
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Flooded due to wet season
Ikoymarrawa Rock Holes Open (!) Currently 4WD access only and day use only
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.