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

Kakadu has lots of park-run camping areas  to enjoy without pre-booking (first come, first served, fees may apply), or you can book into a commercial campground or caravan site at Jabiru or Cooinda. 

Works to upgrade public toilets at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock) underway.  Portable toilets will be on site for the duration of the works (approximately 2 weeks).  Please consider scheduling rest stops at Bowali Visitor Centre or Warradjan Cultural Centre.

The viewing platform at Cahills Crossing will remain closed for 12 weeks approx. while infrastructure upgrades are underway. For visitor safety, pedestrians are not permitted at the construction site, including road and boulders. Visitors can view the Cahills crossing and the river system from the down stream boat ramp as an alternative.

The Oenpelli Road will remain open for vehicle traffic to and from Arnhem Land during construction. Adhere to all signage in the area and follow rangers’ directions.

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 Open Currently high clearance 4WD access only
South Alligator region
South Alligator boat ramp and picnic area Open
Mamukala wetlands Open
Kungarre walk Open
Red Lily Billabong (Djunda) Open High clearance 4WD 100% complete Open since 23 June 2022
Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) Open High clearance 4WD 100% complete Open since 14 June 2022
Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) Open High clearance 4WD 100% complete Open since 14 June 2022
Two Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD access only 100% complete
Four Mile Hole Billabong Closed Seasonal closure, weed management underway salvinia removal / mitigation work Forecast to open mid August
Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head) Closed Seasonal closure Forecast to open mid August
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open
Bowali track Open
Yilikadjarr walk Open 100% complete Open since 21 June 2022
Malabanjbanjdju campground Open
Burdulba campground Open
East Alligator region
Ubirr rock art site Open
Oenpelli Road (at Magela Creek) Open
Cahills Crossing Open Open for vehicle traffic only. Viewing platform closed for infrastructure upgrade, no pedestrian access. Visitors can view the Cahills crossing and the river system from the down stream boat ramp as an alternative.
Manngarre rainforest walk Closed Closed due to infrastructure upgrades Forecast to open mid August
Bardedjilidji walk Open Wet season loop open, follow walking track markers
Badbong Wodjmeng sandstone river walk Closed Seasonal closure
Merl campground Open
Upstream boat ramp Open Contact kctres@kakadu.net.au for departure details and to book Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
Downstream boat ramp Open
Burrungkuy region
Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site Open All year access
Nawurlandja lookout walk Open All year access
Anbangbang Billabong walk Open
Kubara pools walk (Gubara pools walk) Open 4WD recommended
Nanguluwurr art site walk Open 100% complete Open since 28 July 2022
Barrk sandstone walk Open
Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground Open
Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) campground Open 4WD only
Bubba wetlands walk Open Partially open, follow track markers. 100% complete Open since 21 June 2022
Mirray (Mirrai) lookout walk Open All year access
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boardwalk Open
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) Boat Cruise Open Contact reservations@yellowwater.com.au for departure details and to book
Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat ramp Open
Home Billabong boat ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground one (caravans) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two (tents) Open
Mardukal (Mardugal) Billabong walk Open
Mardukal Billabong boat ramp Open
Kungardun (Gungardun) walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong (Djim Djim Anlabbarl) campground Open 100% complete Open since 14 June 2022
Jim Jim Billabong boat ramp Open 100% complete Open since 14 June 2022
Jim Jim and Twin Falls region
Karnamarr (Garnamarr) campground Open Currently high clearance 4WD only 100% complete Open since 27 June 2022
Budjmi lookout walk Open Currently high clearance 4WD only 100% complete Open since 27 June 2022
Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmallam) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only 100% complete Open since 27 June 2022
Barrk Marlam walk Open Currently high clearance 4WD only 100% complete Open since 27 June 2022
Twin Falls gorge Closed Closed until further notice for infrastructure upgrades
Twin Falls plateau (escarpment) walk Open Currently high clearance 4WD only 100% complete Open since 27 June 2022
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open Currently high clearance 4WD only 100% complete Open since 22 June 2022
Mary River region
Gunlom Closed Cultural closure until further notice
Maguk Open Unsealed road, 4WD only
Yurmikmik walks Open Rough surface, 4WD recommended
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) Open Access by permit only. Currently high clearance 4WD access only
Guratba/Gimbat day use area Open Currently high clearance 4WD access only
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.