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.
- Shade shelters at Nawurlanja lookout and Naguluwurr Art Site are currently under maintenance due to damage made from severe weather in the area.
- The Ubirr art site will be open from 2 pm till sunset every day until 31 March 2019. Permitted tour operators can access the site before 2 pm using their wet season access key.
- Road is impassable at Cahills Crossing. There is 0.8 meters of water over the crossing and the level is rising.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Closed||Road impassable||Forecast to open early May|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Mamukala Wetlands||Open (!)||Day use only|
|Gungarre Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Forecast to open early May|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Forecast to open early May|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Closed||Forecast to open early May|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Open||4WD recommended|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|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|
|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||Restricted opening hours|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Open|
|Cahills Crossing||Closed||Road impassable||Forecast to open early March|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Open|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Merl Campground||Closed||Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open early April|
|Kubara Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Bubba Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|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)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Campground 2 (tents)||Open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Barrkmalam (Barrk Marlam) Bush Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Maguk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Yurmikmik Walks||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes||Open (!)||Currently 4WD access only and day use only|
|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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