Kakadu National Park

The Kakadu Access Report provides daily updates on the status of key visitor sites throughout Kakadu National Park.

Take in the big picture on the map and scroll down for more information about sites which interest you.

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.

Latest news

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.

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
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.
Kungarre walk Open
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
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed
Malabanjbanjdju campground Open
Burdulba campground Closed
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Closed
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open Flooded due to wet season, Impassable
Cahills Crossing Closed CLOSED
Manngarre rainforest walk Closed Seasonal closure
Bardedjilidji walk Closed
Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk Closed Seasonal closure
Merl campground Closed
Upstream boat ramp Open 4WD essential
Downstream boat ramp Open 4WD essential
Burrungkuy region
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 reservations@yellowwater.com.au 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
Bukbukluk lookout Open
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.

Step Status Description Progress
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

More information

For more information about Kakadu National Park, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on (08) 8938 1120.