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:
- Bucket and Alligator billabongs are now accessible from Old Jim Jim Road. There is currently no access from Arnhem Highway as Barringtonia crossing remains closed due to high water levels and crocodile risk.
- Manngarre Rainforest Walk is now partially open.
- Old Jim Jim Road is open for high-clearance 4WDs only.
- Yellow Water road and boat ramp are now open.
- The boardwalk at Yellow Water remains closed due to high water levels.
- Anbangbang picnic area and access to the billabong from Nawurlandja carpark are now open. The Anbangbang loop walk remains closed due to high water levels. Please stay clear of the water’s edge and observe all crocodile warning signs.
- Cahills Crossing is open for 4WDs at low tide.
- Two Mile Hole is now open.
- Maguk is now open.
- The Darwin Cycling Club will be cycling on the Arnhem Highway on Sunday 23 June from 7 am to 10 am. The route goes from the Bark Hut to 4 km inside the Park, where a marshal will be at the turnaround point.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only||100% complete Open since 24 May 2019|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Mamukala Wetlands||Open||100% complete Open since 10 May 2019|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Site maintenance works||30% complete Forecast to open mid June|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Site maintenance works||30% complete Forecast to open late June|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open||4WD essential||100% complete Open since 15 June 2019|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD recommended|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Site maintenance works|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Bowali Bike and Walking Track||Open|
|Illigadjarr Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open late June|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area)||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 1 May 2019|
|Burdulba Campground||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 1 May 2019|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Open||100% complete Open since 19 April 2019|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open||100% complete Open since 30 April 2019|
|Cahills Crossing||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD at low tide only||100% complete Open since 26 May 2019|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Open (!)||Day use only|
|Bardedjilidji Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 1 May 2019|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Site maintenance works||30% complete Forecast to open early July|
|Merl Campground||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 19 April 2019|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open||100% complete Open since 10 May 2019|
|Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Open|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 17 April 2019|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open||100% complete Open since 24 May 2019|
|Bubba Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open late June|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Open||100% complete Open since 23 May 2019|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans)||Open||Camping fees apply||100% complete Open since 19 April 2019|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open late June|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Closed||Preliminary site assessment||5% complete Forecast to open mid July|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Closed||Crocodile trapping and surveys||75% complete Forecast to open late June|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Closed||Site maintenance works||30% complete Forecast to open mid June|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Closed||Site maintenance works||30% complete Forecast to open late June|
|Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk||Closed||Site maintenance works||30% complete Forecast to open mid June|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open early July|
|Mary River region|
|Maguk||Open||100% complete Open since 31 May 2019|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Closed||Crocodile trapping and surveys||75% complete Forecast to open mid June|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Closed||Site maintenance works|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes||Open||4WD essential||100% complete Open since 16 June 2019|
|Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
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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