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
  • Maintenance occurring on the Jim Jim Falls road. Please drive slowly and adhere to all signage in place.
  • 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 Cooinda and Pine Creek.
  • Freshwater crocodiles inhabit the Gunlom plunge pool. Enter water at own risk. Walking trail to the top remains closed.
  • Maguk plunge pool and campground open. Walking trail to the top remains closed.
  • Road works continue on Gimbat Road at Kambolgie Creek with road trains and heavy machinery in use. A detour is currently in place. Please slow down, drive with your headlights on and keep a safe distance to vehicles travelling in front.
  • Visitor Centre staff are providing information in the foyer of the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, weekdays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm while the Bowali Visitor Centre is closed for maintenance. The Bowali team is also available on (08) 8938 1120 – 7 days a week, between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
  • Access to Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) is strictly by 4WD only. No potable water onsite, so carry plenty of drinking water. Satellite phone or personal locator beacon (PLB ), first aid kit and recovery gear are essential.
  • Grading underway on the road to Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head). Please drive carefully and observe directional signage. 
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open 100% complete Open since 19 June 2020
Kakadu Highway Open 100% complete Open since 19 June 2020
Old Jim Jim Road Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 19 June 2020
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre Walk Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Site maintenance works
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 10 August 2020
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid August
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed Preliminary site assessment
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Bardedjilidji Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete
Merl Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Nourlangie region
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 Open
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open
Bubba Walk Open
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Open 100% complete Open since 31 July 2020
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open 100% complete Open since 19 June 2020
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Open
Home Billabong Walk Closed
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late August
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 26 June 2020
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 29 June 2020
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed
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 Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 4 July 2020
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Open Permit required
Mary River region
Gunlom Open
Maguk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Yurmikmik Walks Open 4WD recommended
Kambolgie Campground Open Camping fees apply
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Open Permit required 100% complete Open since 3 July 2020
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 3 July 2020
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential
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.