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 to Gunlom will be closed temporarily due to  the filming for the new Australian film High Ground from Sunday 28 October and reopening Sunday 4 November. We apologies for the inconvenience caused and recommend visitors keen to experience the park’s beautiful waterfalls consider a visit to Motor Car Falls, Maguk, Jim Jim Falls or Twin Falls.     

  • Water over road on varies 4WD dirt tracks, due to the recent rain storms. Please drive on the designated track and do not detour due to soft surfaces. 
  • Grader works are underway on the Gimbat/Gunlom road. Please obey all signs and drive with caution.
  • The Barrk Marlam bushwalk and Twin Falls Plateau walk are closed due to extreme temperatures.
  • The toilets at the Arnhem Highway Information Bay are closed for maintenance until further notice.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open 100% complete Open since 13 October 2018
Old Jim Jim Road Open 4WD essential
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open (!) Day use only 100% complete Open since 19 September 2018
Gungarre Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD recommended
Four Mile Hole Billabong Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Open 4WD essential
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali Bike and Walking Track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Closed
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Open Camping fees apply
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open (!) Minimal water over road, please drive with care
Cahills Crossing Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Bardedjilidji Walk Open
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Merl Campground Open
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 100% complete Open since 2 October 2018
Barrk Bush Walk Closed Extreme temperatures
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Bubba Walk Closed
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Open
Home Billabong Walk Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans) Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Open Camping fees apply
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Open 4WD essential
Twin Falls Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only 100% complete Open since 6 October 2018
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Budjmi Lookout Walk Open
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Closed Extreme temperatures
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Extreme temperatures
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open 4WD essential
Mary River region
Gunlom Open (!) Track grading underway
Maguk Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Yurmikmik Walks Open
Kambolgie Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Open 4WD essential
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open (!) Track grading underway
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open (!) Currently 4WD access only and day use only
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Open

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.