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

  Access and maintenance information

  • Mardukal Billabong, Manngarre Rainforest, and Bardedjilidji walking tracks are closed due to seasonal conditions.

  • Water over the road in numerous areas, please drive with care.

  • The Oenpelli Road is now closed at Cahills Crossing. Estuarine (Saltwater) crocodiles are present in this area, adhere to all warning signs and do not enter the water. 

  • Restricted opening hours for Ubirr art site are from 2pm to sunset until the 31st of March 2020. Permitted tour operators can access prior to 2pm using their wet season access key. 

  • Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre will be closed for maintenance works until approximately the end of February. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

  • No fuel available at Aurora Kakadu Resort, South Alligator.
  • Road works are currently underway near Kambolgie campground. Drive slowly and adhere to all signage. 

 

Visitor site Status Comments Progress
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open
Kakadu Highway Open
Old Jim Jim Road Closed Forecast to open late May
South Alligator region
South Alligator Boat Ramp and Picnic Area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Closed Forecast to open late May
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Closed Forecast to open late May
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Closed Forecast to open late May
Two Mile Hole Billabong Closed Forecast to open mid May
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Forecast to open late May
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Closed
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (tent area) Open Camping fees apply
Malabanjbanjdju Campground (caravan area) Closed
Burdulba Campground Closed
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open Restricted opening hours 100% complete Open since 11 January 2020
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Closed Forecast to open early March
Manngarre Rainforest Walk Closed Forecast to open early May
Bardedjilidji Walk Closed Forecast to open early May
Sandstone and River Bush Walk (Badbong Wodjmeng) Closed Site temporarily closed, more details coming soon
Merl Campground Closed Forecast to open early April
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site Open 100% complete Open since 9 December 2019
Nawurlandja Lookout Walk Open 100% complete Open since 9 December 2019
Anbangbang Billabong Walk Open 100% complete Open since 9 December 2019
Kubara Pools Walk (Gubara Pools Walk) Open
Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk Open
Barrk Bush Walk Closed Extreme temperatures Forecast to open early February
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) Campground Open Camping fees apply
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground Open Camping fees apply
Bubba Walk Open (!) Follow walking track markers
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
Home Billabong Boat Ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Closed
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Closed
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open Camping fees apply
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong Walk Closed Flooded due to wet season Forecast to open early June
Kungardun (Gungardun) Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) Campground Closed
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) Closed
Twin Falls Closed Road impassable
Twin Falls Boat Cruise Closed Road impassable
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) Campground Closed Forecast to open early June
Budjmi Lookout Walk Closed Forecast to open early July
Barrk Marlam walk (Bark Marlam bushwalk) Closed Forecast to open early June
Twin Falls Plateau (Escarpment) Walk Closed Road impassable
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside) gorge Closed Forecast to open early July
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Forecast to open early April
Maguk Closed Forecast to open late May
Yurmikmik Walks Open
Kambolgie Campground Open Camping fees apply
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout and River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) gorge Closed Forecast to open early June
Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area Closed Forecast to open late May
Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes Open 4WD essential
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.

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.