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.
Production is now underway for the new Australian film High Ground. Filming will take place at various locations across Kakadu National Park through to early November. While most filming will take place away from visitor sites, some scenes will be shot in the Gunlom area in late October with areas closed during this time. We recommend checking this access report for updates. During filming, you may also hear some noise from the film set. If you’re unsure where a noise is coming from, please contact us on 08 8938 1120 to check.
Jim Jim Falls road is currently being graded. Please be aware of grader on road and take necessary precautions when driving.
- Twin Falls boat shuttle is not running until further notice due to maintenance repairs.
The Jim Jim Creek crossing is currently 0.8 m deep. Access is strictly by high-clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel. Please adhere to all warning signs and do not enter the water
Inspection work will commence shortly on the Adelaide River Bridge, Mary River Bridge and South Alligator River Bridge along the Arnhem Highway. Temporary lane closures and speed restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of motorists and workers. This work is anticipated to take up to three weeks. For further information, please contact Cielo Alvaran at the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics on 02 8999 4673 or email@example.com.
- Please drive with care on all roads in the national park. We recommend you avoid travelling at dawn or dusk as local wildlife are more active at these times.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Open||4WD essential|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Mamukala Wetlands||Open (!)||Day use only||100% complete Open since 19 September 2018|
|Gungarre Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Open (!)||Currently high clearance 4WD only, 0.3 m water over road|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD recommended|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Open||4WD essential||100% complete Open since 3 August 2018|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Bowali Bike and Walking Track||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||Open|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open (!)||Minimal water over road, please drive with care|
|Cahills Crossing||Open||High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers||100% complete Open since 19 August 2018|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open||4WD recommended|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Open|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|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||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 1 (caravans)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Open|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Twin Falls||Open||High clearance 4WD with vehicle snorkel only||100% complete Open since 8 August 2018|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed||Site maintenance works|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Open|
|Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk||Open (!)||Day use only|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Open||4WD essential|
|Mary River region|
|Maguk||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Gungurul Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Open||4WD essential|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only and day use only|
|Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs)||Open|
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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