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

  • Production is now underway for the new Australian film High Ground. Filming will take place at various locations across Kakadu National Park through to early November. While most filming will take place away from visitor sites, some scenes will be shot in the Gunlom area in late October with areas closed during this time. We recommend checking this access report for updates. During filming, you may also hear some noise from the film set. If you’re unsure where a noise is coming from, please contact us on 08 8938 1120 to check.

  • Jim Jim Falls road is currently being graded. Please be aware of grader on road and take necessary precautions when driving.

  • Twin Falls boat shuttle is not running until further notice due to maintenance repairs.
  • The Jim Jim Creek crossing is currently 0.8 m deep. Access is strictly by high-clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel. Please adhere to all warning signs and do not enter the water

  • Inspection work will commence shortly on the Adelaide River Bridge, Mary River Bridge and South Alligator River Bridge along the Arnhem Highway. Temporary lane closures and speed restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of motorists and workers. This work is anticipated to take up to three weeks. For further information, please contact Cielo Alvaran at the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics on 02 8999 4673 or cielo.avaran@nt.gov.au.

  • Please drive with care on all roads in the national park. We recommend you avoid travelling at dawn or dusk as local wildlife are more active at these times.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
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 100% complete Open since 3 August 2018
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 100% complete Open since 19 August 2018
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 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Open
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) Open
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 (!) Currently 4WD access only
Twin Falls Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only 100% complete Open since 8 August 2018
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Site maintenance works
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Budjmi Lookout Walk Open
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Open (!) Day use only
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open 4WD essential
Mary River region
Gunlom Open 4WD recommended
Maguk Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Yurmikmik Walks Open
Kambolgie Campground Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Open 4WD essential
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
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.