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

Upgrades at Cahills Crossing have commenced.  The viewing platform will be closed for 12-16 weeks while construction is underway.  Oenpelli Road and downstream boat ramp will remain open during this time.

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 Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
South Alligator region
South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open mid June
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed seasonal closure Forecast to open late July
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Malabanjbanjdju campground Open 100% complete Open since 29 March 2022
Burdulba campground Open 100% complete Open since 12 May 2022
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open 100% complete Open since 2 April 2022
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open 100% complete Open since 2 April 2022
Cahills Crossing Open Viewing platform closed for infrastructure upgrade 100% complete Open since 2 April 2022
Manngarre rainforest walk Closed Closed Forecast to open late July
Bardedjilidji walk Open ( Wet Season Walk only )Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 1 April 2022
Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Merl campground Open 100% complete Open since 2 April 2022
Upstream boat ramp Open
Downstream boat ramp Open
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open All year Access
Nawurlandja lookout walk Open All Year Access
Anbangbang Billabong walk Open Access on Anbangbang road. Front section open. 100% complete Open since 6 May 2022
Kubara pools walk (Gubara pools walk) Open 4WD recommended
Nanguluwurr art site walk Open
Barrk sandstone walk Open
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground Open 100% complete Open since 22 April 2022
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) campground Closed
Bubba wetlands walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Mirray (Mirrai) lookout walk Open All year Access
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boardwalk Closed Closed Forecast to open early June
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open Contact reservations@yellowwater.com.au for departure details and to book
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat ramp Open 100% complete Open since 2 May 2022
Home Billabong walk Closed
Home Billabong boat ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Open 100% complete Open since 6 May 2022
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
Mardukal Billabong boat ramp Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) campground Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June
Jim Jim Billabong boat ramp Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late May
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) campground Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Budjmi lookout walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmallam) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Barrk Marlam walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Twin Falls gorge Closed Closed until further notice for infrastructure upgrades
Twin Falls plateau (escarpment) walk Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open late June
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Cultural closure until further notice
Maguk Closed Seasonal Closure Forecast to open early June
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 Closed Lookout walk open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Closed Seasonal closure
Guratba/Gimbat day use area Closed Seasonal closure
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) rock holes Open 4WD essential. Camping prohibited
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open early June

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.