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

West Alligator head will remain closed until seasonal opening 2023..

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. .

Cahill’s Crossing upgrade is now complete, upgrade includes a new picnic area and three new viewing platforms linked by rainforest walk, will provide visitors a safe vantage point to view crocodiles in Kakadu

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.

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Open Currently high clearance 4WD access only
South Alligator region
South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open High clearance 4WD
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open High clearance 4WD
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open High clearance 4WD
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 19 August 2022
Four Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 12 August 2022
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Will remain closed until seasonal opening 2023. Forecast to open late August
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Open
Malabanjbanjdju campground Open
Burdulba campground Open
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open 100% complete Open since 28 September 2022
Manngarre rainforest walk Open Short loop open 100% complete Open since 17 August 2022
Bardedjilidji walk Open
Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk Closed Seasonal closure
Merl campground Open
Upstream boat ramp Open Contact kctres@kakadu.net.au for departure details and to book Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
Downstream boat ramp Open
Burrungkuy region
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
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.
Mirray (Mirrai) lookout walk Open All year access
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boardwalk Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open Contact reservations@yellowwater.com.au 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
Jim Jim Billabong boat ramp Open
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) campground Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Budjmi lookout walk Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmallam) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Barrk Marlam walk Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Twin Falls gorge Closed Closed until further notice for infrastructure upgrades
Twin Falls plateau (escarpment) walk Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only
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
Bukbukluk lookout Open
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.

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.