Kakadu Access Report
The Kakadu Access Report provides daily updates on the status of key visitor sites throughout Kakadu National Park.
To learn more about interpreting this report, take a look at the steps to opening a site below.
- Cahills Crossing is at 1 metre and rising we advise don’t attempt to drive through.
- Magela creek is 0.2 metres over the road and 0.2 metres at the “S” bends 4WD high clearance only
Seasonal closure information:
- Gimbat picnic area is now closed due to seasonal flooding.
- Old Darwin Road closed due to seasonal flooding.
- Red Lily, Bucket and Alligator Billabong campgrounds are now closed due to seasonal flooding.
- 2 Mile is now closed due to seasonal flooding.
- Manngarre rainforest walk, Sandstone river walk and Merl campground are now closed due to seasonal flooding.
|Old Jim Jim Road||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|South Alligator region|
|South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area||Open|
|Red Lily Billabong||Closed|
|Bucket Billabong||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Alligator Billabong||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Two Mile Hole Billabong||Closed|
|Four Mile Hole Billabong||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|West Alligator Head||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open late September|
|Bowali Visitor Centre||Open|
|Bowali bike and walking track||Open|
|Illigadjarr Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Malabanjbanjdju tent area||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Malabanjbanjdju caravan area||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Burdulba Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|East Alligator region|
|Ubirr rock art site||Open|
|Oenpelli Road (at Magella Creek)||Open||4WD recommended|
|Cahills Crossing||Closed||Road impassable|
|Manngarre Rainforest Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Bardedjilidji Walk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Sandstone and River Bush Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Merl Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site||Open|
|Nawurlandja Lookout Walk||Open|
|Anbangbang Billabong Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Gubara Pools Walk||Open (!)||Day use only|
|Nanguluwur rock art walk||Open||4WD recommended|
|Barrk Bush Walk||Closed||Extreme temperatures|
|Muirella Park Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Sandy Billabong Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Mirrai Lookout Walk||Open|
|Yellow Water region|
|Yellow Water Boardwalk||Open (!)||Follow walking track markers|
|Yellow Water Boat Cruise||Open|
|Yellow Water Boat Ramp||Open|
|Home Billabong Walk||Closed|
|Home Billabong Boat Ramp||Open|
|Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre||Open|
|Mardugal Campground 1 (Caravan)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Mardugal Campground 2 (Tent)||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Mardugal Billabong Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Jim Jim Billabong Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Jim Jim and Twin Falls region|
|Jim Jim Falls||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open late September|
|Twin Falls||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open mid August|
|Twin Falls Boat Cruise||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|Garnamarr Campground||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open mid June|
|Budjmi Lookout Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open mid August|
|Barrk Marlam Bush Walk||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open mid October|
|Twin Falls Plateau 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||4WD recommended|
|Kambolgie Campground||Open||4WD recommended|
|Gungurul Campground||Open||Camping fees apply|
|Gungurul Lookout and River Walk||Open|
|Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)||Closed||Flooded due to wet season||Forecast to open mid June|
|Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area||Closed||Flooded due to wet season|
|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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