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

  • Water over the road at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), water depth currently 0.4m. High clearance 4WD vehicle only.
  • Gimbat road closed due to 1.5m water over Kambolgie creek.
  • Yurmikmik walks closed due to seasonal flooding.
  • Water over the road in numerous areas, please drive with care.

  • Oenpelli Road (Magela Creek) is closed at 2m over the road.  Estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles are present in this area, adhere to all warning signs and do not enter the water.

  • Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba), car park, boat ramp and boardwalk are now closed due to rising water levels. Yellow Water Cruises are operational, visitors booked on the cruise are advised to board the shuttle buses provided at Cooinda Lodge.

  • Ubirr Rock Art Site is temporarily closed due to seasonal conditions.

  • Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre will be closed for maintenance works until approximately early April. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

  • No fuel available at Aurora Kakadu Resort, South Alligator.

 

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Forecast to open late May
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre Walk Closed Forecast to open early July
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Forecast to open late May
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Forecast to open late May
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Forecast to open late May
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed Forecast to open mid May
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Forecast to open late May
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Closed Forecast to open early April
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Closed
Burdulba Campground Closed
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Closed Road impassable Forecast to open early May
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Closed Road impassable
Cahills Crossing Closed Forecast to open early March
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Forecast to open early May
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed Forecast to open early May
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Flooded due to wet season
Merl Campground Closed Forecast to open early April
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open (!) Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.4 m water over road
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Closed Forecast to open early June
Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open
Barrk Bush Walk Open 100% complete Open since 13 February 2020
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Closed Forecast to open mid April
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Closed Forecast to open late May
Bubba Walk Closed Forecast to open late June
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid April
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open 100% complete
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid April
Home Billabong Walk Closed
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Closed
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Closed
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed
Twin Falls Closed Road impassable
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Road impassable
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Forecast to open early June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Forecast to open early July
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Closed Forecast to open early June
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Road impassable
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Closed Forecast to open early July
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Forecast to open early April
Maguk Closed Forecast to open late May
Yurmikmik Walks Closed Road impassable
Kambolgie Campground Closed Road impassable
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Closed Forecast to open early June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Forecast to open late May
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential
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.