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.
There have been a number of sightings of estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles in roadside culverts and along flooded causeways across the park. These animals are likely to be very aggressive, and an attack can lead to death.
Don’t risk your life! Refrain from stopping at causeways and from fishing roadside culverts, stay away from the water’s edge and observe all signage in place.
Access and maintenance information
- Ubirr rock art site is closed.
- Oenpelli Road (road to Ubirr) closed at Magela Creek crossing. Estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles are present in this area, adhere to all signage and do not enter the water.
- Yurmikmik walks are subject to flash flooding, stay alert and observe all safety signage. We do not recommend swimming.
- No fuel available at Mary River Roadhouse. shop, bar and motel rooms are closed until further notice, however camping and budget rooms are available. Nearest fuel stops Jabiru, Cooinda and Pine Creek.
|Arnhem Highway||Open||Controlled burns underway, please drive with care|
|Kakadu Highway||Open||Controlled burns underway, please drive with care|
|Old Jim Jim Road||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area||Open|
|Mamukala wetlands||Closed||Closed due to Water Level Rising|
|Kungarre Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid June|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open||Café remains closed until further notice|
|Yilikadjarr walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Malabanjbanjdju Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Burdulba Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Closed||Depending on road conditions at Magela Creek crossing|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek)||Closed||closed due to wet season|
|Cahills Crossing||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open early April|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Closed|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open late April|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid May|
|Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk)||Open||4WD recommended|
|Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk||Open||4WD recommended|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers||100% complete Open since 3 January 2021|
|Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open mid April|
|Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early April|
|Bubba Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mirray (Mirrai) Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boardwalk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise||Open||Cruises depart from Cooinda Lodge, contact 08 8979 1500 for more information|
|Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Ramp||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Closed||Site maintenance works|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans)||Closed||Seasonal closure, boat ramp remains open|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk||Open|
|Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground||Closed||Camping fees apply|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam)||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early July|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed|
|Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk)||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge||Closed||Seasonal closure|
|Mary River region|
|Gunlom||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early May|
|Maguk||Closed||Seasonal closure||Forecast to open early June|
|Yurmikmik Walks||Open||Risk of flooding/ flash flooding, observe all safety signage|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||Camping fees apply. Some road damage, 4WD access only|
|Gungurul Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River 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|
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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