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

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open 100% complete
Kakadu Highway Open 100% complete
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Forecast to open mid June
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open 100% complete Open since 6 May 2020
Kungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 100% complete Open since 9 May 2020
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early August
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Closed Forecast to open mid June
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open (!) Day use only 100% complete
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Burdulba Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Closed Road impassable Forecast to open mid June
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open (!) Minimal water over road, please drive with care
Cahills Crossing Closed Road impassable
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers 100% complete Open since 2 May 2020
Bardedjilidji Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Merl Campground Closed Forecast to open mid June
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 28 May 2020
Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open (!) Currently 4WD access only
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open 4WD recommended
Barrk Bush Walk Open
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open (!) Day use only
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Bubba Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Closed Forecast to open mid June
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp Open 100% complete Open since 10 May 2020
Home Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 16 April 2020
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Closed Site maintenance works
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Open (!) Day use only 100% complete Open since 9 April 2020
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open (!) Day use only
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed Forecast to open mid June
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Twin Falls Closed Road impassable
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Road impassable Forecast to open mid June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Road impassable Forecast to open mid June
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late June
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late May
Maguk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open late May
Yurmikmik Walks Open 4WD essential
Kambolgie Campground Open (!) Day use only
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open (!) Day use only
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open mid June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Open (!) Currently 4WD access only 100% complete Open since 21 May 2020
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.