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

Safety advice

Estuarine (saltwater) crocodile sightings in Jabiru Town Lake. These animals are likely to be very aggressive, and an attack can lead to death. Stay away from the water’s edge and observe all signage in place


There have been a number of sightings of estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles in roadside culverts and along flooded causeways across the park. These animals are likely to be very aggressive, and an attack can lead to death.

Don’t risk your life!  Refrain from stopping at causeways and from fishing roadside culverts, stay away from the water’s edge and observe all signage in place.

Kakadu waterways are susceptible to flash flooding and rapid currents, and many waterways are home to crocodiles. 

Road works occurring on the Kubara road. Please drive with care and obey all signage.

Access and maintenance information

  • The Director of National Parks acknowledges the passing of Mr M. Nakangila Bangalang, prominent and important Senior Murrwan Traditional Owner in the Erre Region and member of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.

    Out of our respect for Nakangila and in line with cultural practice and the wishes of the Traditional Owners from the Erre (East Alligator) region, parts of Kakadu National Park will be closed until further notice.

    This includes the East Alligator River itself, the upstream and downstream boat ramps and Ubirr. 
     

  • The Yurmikmik walks (Boulder Creek and Motor Car Falls) are open. Water levels remain high, we do not recommend swimming. Road damage, access by high clearance 4WD only. 

  • The Mary River Information centre and facilities will be closed for renovations until mid-April. Nearest facilities are at Gungurul campground (composting amenities) and Cooinda Lodge Kakadu (full services). Upon completion these upgrades will accommodate wheel chair accessibility to the centre and facilities.

  • Oenpelli Road (road to Ubirr) closed at Magela Creek crossing at 0.6 meters. Estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles are present in this area, adhere to all signage and do not enter the water.
  • No fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. shop, bar and motel rooms are closed until further notice, however camping and budget rooms are available. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Seasonal closure
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Closed Flooded due to wet season
Kungarre Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Seasonal closure
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Seasonal closure
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Seasonal closure
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open mid June
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Seasonal closure
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Seasonal closure
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open Café remains closed until further notice
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed Seasonal closure
Malabanjbanjdju Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
Burdulba Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Closed Depending on road conditions at Magela Creek crossing
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Closed closed due to wet season
Cahills Crossing Closed Flooded due to wet season
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late April
Merl Campground Closed
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open mid May
Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only, Roadworks
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open mid April
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Closed Seasonal closure
Bubba Walk Closed Seasonal closure
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Closed Seasonal closure
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open Cruises depart from Cooinda Lodge, contact reservations@yellowwater.com.au for more information
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Closed Seasonal closure
Home Billabong Walk Closed Seasonal closure
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Closed Seasonal closure
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Seasonal closure
Mardukal Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed
Jim Jim Billabong Boat Ramp Closed
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
Twin Falls Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early July
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Seasonal closure
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Closed Seasonal closure
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Seasonal closure
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Closed Seasonal closure
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early May
Maguk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
Yurmikmik Walks Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Kambolgie Campground Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Seasonal closure
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential. Camping prohibited
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.

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.