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.
Kakadu has lots of park-run camping areas to enjoy without pre-booking (first come, first served, fees may apply), or you can book into a commercial campground or caravan site at Jabiru or Cooinda.
Works to upgrade public toilets at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock) underway. Portable toilets will be on site for the duration of the works (approximately 2 weeks). Please consider scheduling rest stops at Bowali Visitor Centre or Warradjan Cultural Centre.
The viewing platform at Cahills Crossing will remain closed for 12 weeks approx. while infrastructure upgrades are underway. For visitor safety, pedestrians are not permitted at the construction site, including road and boulders. Visitors can view the Cahills crossing and the river system from the down stream boat ramp as an alternative.
The Oenpelli Road will remain open for vehicle traffic to and from Arnhem Land during construction. Adhere to all signage in the area and follow rangers’ directions.
No shop or fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD access only|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area||Open|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Open||High clearance 4WD||100% complete Open since 23 June 2022|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Open||High clearance 4WD||100% complete Open since 14 June 2022|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open||High clearance 4WD||100% complete Open since 14 June 2022|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD access only||100% complete|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal closure, weed management underway salvinia removal / mitigation work||Forecast to open mid August|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid August|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Yilikadjarr walk||Open||100% complete Open since 21 June 2022|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Open|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open|
|Cahills Crossing||Open||Open for vehicle traffic only. Viewing platform closed for infrastructure upgrade, no pedestrian access. Visitors can view the Cahills crossing and the river system from the down stream boat ramp as an alternative.|
|Manngarre rainforest walk||Closed||Closed due to infrastructure upgrades||Forecast to open mid August|
|Bardedjilidji walk||Open||Wet season loop open, follow walking track markers|
|Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Upstream boat ramp||Open||Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for departure details and to book Guluyambi Cultural Cruise|
|Downstream boat ramp||Open|
|Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site||Open||All year access|
|Nawurlandja lookout walk||Open||All year access|
|Anbangbang Billabong walk||Open|
|Kubara pools walk (Gubara pools walk)||Open||4WD recommended|
|Nanguluwurr art site walk||Open||100% complete Open since 28 July 2022|
|Barrk sandstone walk||Open|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground||Open|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) campground||Open||4WD only|
|Bubba wetlands walk||Open||Partially open, follow track markers.||100% complete Open since 21 June 2022|
|Mirray (Mirrai) lookout walk||Open||All year access|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boardwalk||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open||Contact email@example.com for departure details and to book|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat ramp||Open|
|Home Billabong boat ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong walk||Open|
|Mardukal Billabong boat ramp||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) campground||Open||100% complete Open since 14 June 2022|
|Jim Jim Billabong boat ramp||Open||100% complete Open since 14 June 2022|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) campground||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only||100% complete Open since 27 June 2022|
|Budjmi lookout walk||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only||100% complete Open since 27 June 2022|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmallam)||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only||100% complete Open since 27 June 2022|
|Barrk Marlam walk||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only||100% complete Open since 27 June 2022|
|Twin Falls gorge||Closed||Closed until further notice for infrastructure upgrades|
|Twin Falls plateau (escarpment) walk||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only||100% complete Open since 27 June 2022|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD only||100% complete Open since 22 June 2022|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Closed||Cultural closure until further notice|
|Maguk||Open||Unsealed road, 4WD only|
|Yurmikmik walks||Open||Rough surface, 4WD recommended|
|Kambolgie campground||Open||Rough surface, 4WD recommended|
|Gungurul campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul lookout and river walk||Open||Lookout walk open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Open||Access by permit only. Currently high clearance 4WD access only|
|Guratba/Gimbat day use area||Open||Currently high clearance 4WD access only|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) rock holes||Open||4WD essential. Camping prohibited|
|Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
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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