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.

To learn more about interpreting this report, take a look at the steps to opening a site below.

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 9 June 2017
South Alligator region
South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area Open
Mamukala Wetlands Open
Gungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only 100% complete Open since 23 June 2017
Bucket Billabong Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only 100% complete Open since 23 June 2017
Alligator Billabong Open High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only 100% complete Open since 23 June 2017
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 8 June 2017
Four Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 6 July 2017
West Alligator Head Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali bike and walking track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Closed Preliminary site assessment 5% complete Forecast to open late July
Malabanjbanjdju tent area Open Camping fees apply
Malabanjbanjdju caravan area Open Camping fees apply
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 27 May 2017
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magella Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD at low tide only
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 12 July 2017
Bardedjilidji Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Sandstone and River Bush Walk Closed Preliminary site assessment 5% complete Forecast to open late July
Merl Campground Open Camping fees apply
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open (!) Day use only
Gubara Pools Walk Open (!) Day use only
Nanguluwur rock art walk Open 4WD recommended 100% complete Open since 10 June 2017
Barrk Bush Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 10 June 2017
Muirella Park Campground Closed Infrastructure installation
Sandy Billabong Campground Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 14 June 2017
Bubba Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 25 July 2017
Mirrai Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water Boardwalk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 9 June 2017
Yellow Water Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water Boat Ramp Open 100% complete Open since 9 June 2017
Home Billabong Walk Closed Preliminary site assessment 5% complete Forecast to open late July
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardugal Campground 1 (Caravan) Open Camping fees apply
Mardugal Campground 2 (Tent) Open Camping fees apply
Mardugal Billabong Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 28 May 2017
Gungardun Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 6 June 2017
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 17 June 2017
Twin Falls Closed Site maintenance works
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Site maintenance works 30% complete Forecast to open late July
Garnamarr Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 17 June 2017
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Site maintenance works
Barrk Marlam Bush Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 17 June 2017
Twin Falls Plateau Walk Closed Site maintenance works
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open 4WD essential 100% complete Open since 20 July 2017
Mary River region
Gunlom Open 4WD recommended
Maguk Open 4WD recommended
Yurmikmik Walks Open 4WD recommended
Kambolgie Campground Open 4WD recommended
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Open Permit required 100% complete Open since 16 June 2017
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open 4WD recommended
Ikoymarrawa Rock Holes Open (!) Currently 4WD access only and day use only
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed Preliminary site assessment

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.