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

All permits are exhausted (Includes day use, camping and or bushwalking) for Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) during June, July, and August 2021.

Safety advice

  • Roadworks in various locations along the Kakadu Highway. Please slow down and heed all directions and signage.
  • Park rangers will be conducting regular roadside fauna surveys along Arnhem Hwy, Kakadu Hwy and Oenpelli Road until mid-June. Please approach the slow-driving and frequently stopping vehicle with caution and overtake only when safe.

Access and maintenance information

  • The closure advice for the East Alligator (Erre) region following the recent passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk traditional owner Nakangila Banggalang has been revised.

    At the request of the traditional owners of the East Alligator (Erre) region, the Oenpelli Road, including Cahills Crossing and the upstream and downstream boat ramps have now reopened.

    Access will remain closed to Ubirr, Merl campground and all walks in the area, including Manngarre Rainforest, Bardedjilidji walk, and River and Sandstone (Badbong Wodjmeng) walks, until further notice.

  • The Guluyambi Cruise departs from the East Alligator River upstream boat ramp, contact kctres@kakadu.net.au for more information and to book.

  • No 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
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre Walk Open 100% complete Open since 12 May 2021
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.6 m water over road 100% complete
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.6 m water over road 100% complete
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.6 m water over road 100% complete
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 17 June 2021
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Preliminary site assessment 5% complete Forecast to open early July
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late July
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open Café remains closed until further notice
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Malabanjbanjdju Campground Open Camping fees apply
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 27 May 2021
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Closed Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open 100% complete Open since 6 May 2021
Cahills Crossing Open Check Road Report NT for updates 100% complete Open since 6 May 2021
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons.
Merl Campground Closed Site closed until further notice for cultural reasons
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open Follow seasonal track markers 100% complete Open since 20 May 2021
Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open 4WD recommended
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Open
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 13 May 2021
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open Camping fees apply 100% complete Open since 20 May 2021
Bubba Walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Open 100% complete Open since 27 May 2021
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open Contact reservations@yellowwater.com.au to book 100% complete Open since 6 May 2021
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Open Boat ramp and car park accessible - day use only 100% complete Open since 6 May 2021
Home Billabong Walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Open Camping fees apply, EFTPoS or cash 100% complete Open since 13 May 2021
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply, EFTPoS or cash
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open 100% complete
Mardukal Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open 100% complete Open since 12 May 2021
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed Site maintenance works
Jim Jim Billabong Boat Ramp Closed
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 Seasonal closure Forecast to open late July
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Site preparation Forecast to open late June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late July
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late July
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late July
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Site closed until further notice
Maguk Open Currently 4WD access 100% complete Open since 20 May 2021
Yurmikmik Walks Open 4WD recommended
Kambolgie Campground Open 4WD recommended 100% complete Open since 7 May 2021
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open Lookout walk open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Open High-clearance 4WD required, access by permit only 100% complete Open since 20 May 2021
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open 100% complete Open since 20 May 2021
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential. Camping prohibited
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed

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.