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

  • Bowali Visitor Centre (information and display) is open from 8.00 am until 5.00 pm.  The café will remain closed until further notice.
  • Gunlom campground is now closed. Gunlom plunge pool and day use facilities remain open, swim at your own risk.  Camping is available at Kambolgie Creek.
  • The tracks to Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) and Alligator Billabong are now closed for the season after recent heavy rainfall.
  • No fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. shop, bar and motel rooms are closed until further notice, however camping and budget rooms are available. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open Please drive carefully and adhere to all signage in place.
Old Jim Jim Road Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Seasonal closure
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Seasonal closure
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Seasonal closure
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD essential
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Seasonal closure
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Seasonal closure
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open Café to remains closed until further notice. 100% complete Open since 22 October 2020
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed Feral animals in the area
Malabanjbanjdju Campground Open Camping fees apply
Burdulba Campground Open Camping fees apply
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open Check tide times
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Bardedjilidji Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Extreme temperatures
Merl Campground Open Camping fees apply
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open
Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open 4WD recommended
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Closed Extreme temperatures, to re-open once regular rainfall sets in
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open
Bubba Walk Open
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Open Site maintenance works
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Open
Home Billabong Walk Closed Feral animals in the area
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Closed Site maintenance works
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Closed Seasonal closure. Boat ramp remains open.
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Open
Mardukal Billabong Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed Camping fees apply
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Open 4WD essential
Twin Falls Closed Road impassable
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Open 4WD essential
Budjmi Lookout Walk Open
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Closed Extreme temperatures
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Closed Seasonal closure
Mary River region
Gunlom Open Gunlom campground now closed. Plunge pool and day use facilities remain open. Enter water at own risk. Walking trail to the top remains closed.
Maguk Open Maguk plunge pool and campground open. Forecast closure 01 December 2020, unless heavy rainfall requires an earlier seasonal closure. Walking trail to the top remains closed. 100% complete
Yurmikmik Walks Open 4WD recommended
Kambolgie Campground Open Camping fees apply
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open Camping fees apply
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Closed Seasonal closure
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open 4WD essential
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.