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:

  • Bucket and Alligator billabongs are now accessible from Old Jim Jim Road. There is currently no access from Arnhem Highway as Barringtonia crossing remains closed due to high water levels and crocodile risk.
  • Manngarre Rainforest Walk is now partially open.
  • Old Jim Jim Road is open for high-clearance 4WDs only.
  • Yellow Water road and boat ramp are now open.
  • The boardwalk at Yellow Water remains closed due to high water levels.
  • Anbangbang picnic area and access to the billabong from Nawurlandja carpark are now open. The Anbangbang loop walk remains closed due to high water levels. Please stay clear of the water’s edge and observe all crocodile warning signs.
  • Cahills Crossing is open for 4WDs at low tide.
  • Two Mile Hole is now open.
  • Maguk is now open.
  • The Darwin Cycling Club will be cycling on the Arnhem Highway on Sunday 23 June from 7 am to 10 am. The route goes from the Bark Hut to 4 km inside the Park, where a marshal will be at the turnaround point.

 

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 24 May 2019
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open 100% complete Open since 10 May 2019
Gungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid June
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 15 June 2019
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD recommended
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Site maintenance works
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali Bike and Walking Track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 1 May 2019
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 1 May 2019
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open 100% complete Open since 30 April 2019
Cahills Crossing Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD at low tide only 100% complete Open since 26 May 2019
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Open (!) Day use only
Bardedjilidji Walk Open 100% complete Open since 1 May 2019
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open early July
Merl Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 10 May 2019
Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open
Barrk Bush Walk Open
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 17 April 2019
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open 100% complete Open since 24 May 2019
Bubba Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Open 100% complete Open since 23 May 2019
Home Billabong Walk Closed
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans) Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 19 April 2019
Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed Preliminary site assessment 5% complete Forecast to open mid July
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed Crocodile trapping and surveys 75% complete Forecast to open late June
Twin Falls Closed Flooded due to wet season
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Flooded due to wet season
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late June
Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open mid June
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early July
Mary River region
Gunlom Open
Maguk Open 100% complete Open since 31 May 2019
Yurmikmik Walks Open
Kambolgie Campground Open Camping fees apply
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Closed Crocodile trapping and surveys 75% complete Forecast to open mid June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Site maintenance works
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 16 June 2019
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed Flooded due to wet season

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.