Kakadu Access Report
The Kakadu Access Report provides daily updates on the status of key visitor sites throughout Kakadu National Park.
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.
Access and maintenance information
- Due to cultural reasons all visitor sites in the East Alligator Region including Ubirr, Cahills Crossing viewing platform, Manngarre rainforest walk, Bardedjilidji walk, Merl campground as well as East Alligator upstream and downstream boat ramps will be closed until Monday the 9th of December.
- Due to cultural reasons Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site, Anbangbang Billabong and Nawurlandja lookout will be closed from Friday the 6th of December until Monday the 9th of December.
- Gunlom bottom plunge pool and campground are closed temporarily as crocodile surveys are being undertaken.
- Marrawuddi Gallery and Bowali Café will be closed on the 7th and 14th of December.
- Yurmikmik walks is now accessible by high clearance 4WD only due to water over the road. Please drive with care and adhere to all signage in place.
- No fuel is available at Aurora Kakadu Resort.
- Road works are currently underway near Kambolgie campground. Drive slowly and adhere to all signage.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Open||4WD essential|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Open|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open||4WD essential|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD recommended|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Open|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Burdulba Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Bardedjilidji Walk||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Merl Campground||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Closed||Cultural business||Forecast to open early December|
|Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures||Forecast to open early February|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Bubba Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Open|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Closed|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Open|
|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||Crocodile trapping and surveys|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge||Closed||Forecast to open early June|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.2 m water over road|
|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.
|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|
For more information about Kakadu National Park, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on (08) 8938 1120.
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