Kakadu Access Report
The Kakadu Access Report provides daily updates on the status of key visitor sites throughout Kakadu National Park.
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.
Access and maintenance information
- Bowali Visitor Centre (information and display) is open from 8.00 am until 5.00 pm. The café will remain closed until further notice.
- Gunlom campground is now closed. Gunlom plunge pool and day use facilities remain open, swim at your own risk. Camping is available at Kambolgie Creek.
- The tracks to Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) and Alligator Billabong are now closed for the season after recent heavy rainfall.
- 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.
|Kakadu Highway||Open||Please drive carefully and adhere to all signage in place.|
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Kungarre Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD essential|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open||Café to remains closed until further notice.||100% complete Open since 22 October 2020|
|Yilikadjarr walk||Closed||Feral animals in the area|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Burdulba Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Open|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open|
|Cahills Crossing||Open||Check tide times|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Bardedjilidji Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Merl Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open|
|Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open||4WD recommended|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open||4WD recommended|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures, to re-open once regular rainfall sets in|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Open||Site maintenance works|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Open|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed||Feral animals in the area|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Closed||Site maintenance works|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Closed||Seasonal closure. Boat ramp remains open.|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Closed||Camping fees apply|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Open||4WD essential|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Road impassable|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Open||4WD essential|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Open|
|Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk)||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Open||Gunlom campground now closed. Plunge pool and day use facilities remain open. Enter water at own risk. Walking trail to the top remains closed.|
|Maguk||Open||Maguk plunge pool and campground open. Forecast closure 01 December 2020, unless heavy rainfall requires an earlier seasonal closure. Walking trail to the top remains closed.||100% complete|
|Yurmikmik Walks||Open||4WD recommended|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Open||4WD essential|
|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.
|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|
For more information about Kakadu National Park, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on (08) 8938 1120.
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