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.
The Oenpelli road is impassable at Magela Creek, all sites in the East Alligator District including Ubirr rock art site are closed.
Bowali phone lines are currently not operational until further notice.
Warradjan Cultural Centre’s wet season opening hours are 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
No shop or fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area||Open|
|Mamukala wetlands||Open||Look out open, 3km walk currently closed.|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late May|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late May|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late May|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal Closure|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal Closure|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Will remain closed until seasonal opening 2023.||Forecast to open late August|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Closed|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open||Flooded due to wet season, Impassable|
|Manngarre rainforest walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Upstream boat ramp||Open||4WD essential|
|Downstream boat ramp||Open||4WD essential|
|Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja lookout walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong walk||Closed|
|Kubara pools walk (Gubara pools walk)||Open||Caution feral animals in the area.|
|Nanguluwurr art site walk||Open|
|Barrk sandstone walk||Open||100% complete Open since 15 January 2023|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground||Closed|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) campground||Closed|
|Bubba wetlands walk||Closed|
|Mirray (Mirrai) lookout walk||Open||All year access|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boardwalk||Closed||Closed due to monsoonal conditions|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open||Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for departure details and to book|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat ramp||Closed||Closed due to flooding caused by monsoonal conditions|
|Home Billabong boat ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open||Opening hours 10.00 am to 4.00 pm|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid May|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong walk||Closed||Seasonal Closure|
|Mardukal Billabong boat ramp||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) campground||Closed|
|Jim Jim Billabong boat ramp||Closed|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) campground||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Budjmi lookout walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmallam)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Barrk Marlam walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late June|
|Twin Falls gorge||Closed||Closed until further notice for infrastructure upgrades|
|Twin Falls plateau (escarpment) walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late June|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Closed||Cultural closure until further notice|
|Maguk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late May|
|Yurmikmik walks||Open||4 WD only access on the Gimbat road|
|Kambolgie campground||Open||Rough surface, 4WD recommended|
|Gungurul campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul lookout and river walk||Open||Lookout walk open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Guratba/Gimbat day use area||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) rock holes||Open||4WD essential. Camping prohibited|
|Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
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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