Bowali Visitor Center closed due to fire
Friday, 10 March, 2017
We’ve had to close the Bowali Visitor Centre and cafe today due to a fire nearby at our old park headquarters.
We’ll update this page as soon as we know more.
Visitors can also head to the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, where our park staff will be available to assist visitors and provide more information.
Tragedy at Cahill’s Crossing – East Alligator River
Friday, 20 January, 2017
The Director of National Parks Sally Barnes and all Parks Australia and Kakadu staff send their condolences to the family and friends of the 47-year-old man taken by a crocodile at Cahill’s Crossing yesterday.
Sally said Kakadu staff displayed an incredible professionalism while assisting NT Police with the incident.
“Many thanks to our park staff, who have as they always do, gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the police with their operation. I’m extraordinarily proud of all of those involved – for their professionalism, their respect and their resilience.”
Please direct all media enquiries to 0439 582 686.
Changes to fee timetable, in response to industry feedback
Thank you to everyone for advice and feedback on the first season of our new fee structure.
The park adopted a new fee structure from 1 April 2016, incorporating both ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ season (tropical summer) prices to reflect seasonal access to some of the park’s key visitor sites.
Most of you advised us that it would suit you better to have the ‘dry’ season prices kick in from 15 May, to better coincide with site openings on park.
Traditionally during May key sites such as Gunlom, Ubirr and Maguk become accessible to visitors after wet season flooding.
We’re also working on a site opening strategy, designed to get key sites open earlier in 2017, and a Facilities Guideline which sets standard of maintenance for infrastructure and facilities within the park.
More details on Kakadu's fee structure are available on our passes and permits page.
Recognition for Kakadu
14 November 2016
Last Saturday at the Brolga Awards, the Northern Territory's annual tourism awards, Kakadu National Park took out the major tourist attraction prize. Parks Australia ranger Christian (Tris) Diddams was also named SKAL tourism employee of the year, recognising his dedication and commitment to his job.
Expressions of Interest – Female Tourism Industry Representative
7 November 2016
The Kakadu National Park Board of Management is seeking expressions of interest from female tourism experts with demonstrated experience and expertise in the travel and tourism industry.
Maguk now open
14 October 2016
Water levels have now receded after recent heavy rainfall and flooding. Rangers have been busily cleaning up the site and conducting crocodile surveys – with the good news being, Maguk is now accessible again! Access is by 4WD only.
Temperatures are steadily on the rise, with 40 degrees plus expected in the stone country. Make sure you carry plenty of drinking water and avoid strenuous walks during the hottest time of the day.
Keep an eye on the sky as flash flooding may occur with afternoon storms likely to increase in frequency over coming weeks.
Waterfalls cascade as Kakadu in full flow
30 September 2016
Kakadu's rivers have risen dramatically as unseasonal weather continues to bring rain. This is a fantastic time to fly over the park and see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in years...
Kakadu Bird Week: 1-9 October 2016
Kakadu is a birdwatcher's paradise - from woodland birds of the tropical savannah to water birds gracing the region's famed billabongs, to richly voiced birds ringing across majestic sandstone escarpments. Kakadu Bird Week 2016 takes place from 1 to 9 October.
Free wifi is now available
Free wifi is now available at the Gunlom day use area in Kakadu! Send us your selfies - hashtag your pics #SeeKakadu. The wifi installation is a joint initiative between Parks Australia and the Northern Territory Government, making it easier for visitors to get all-important travel info on the go!
Twin Falls Gorge and Twin Falls open
Twin Falls Gorge and Twin Falls escarpment walk are now accessible for the season.
Tickets for the Twin Falls boat shuttle ($12.50 per adult, children under 16 are free) are available from Bowali Visitor Centre and Garnamarr campground. The Jim Jim Creek crossing is currently accessible only by high-clearance 4WD with snorkel. Please adhere to all crocodile warning signs.
Kakadu National Park rangers win Ranger of the Year Award
How many people can honestly say they have worked non-stop on a project for 10 years? 15 years? Even 25 years?
For more than 25 years the Kakadu National Park Integrated Ferals Team has worked hard at keeping our World Heritage Areas free of what Ranger Fred Hunter calls the smartest plant in Australia.
Lessons under a tree in Kakadu
I've spent the morning with two very well respected cultural men painting under the trees at Bowali. There is something very special about joining a senior artist and cultural teacher for a painting session. In doing so, you are participating in a cultural activity that has taken place since time began - and it's not what you think you've signed up for!
Graham Rostron's story as told by Mikaela Jade.
Temporary Closure of 4 Mile hole
The temporary closure of 4 mile hole came into effect on 1 July 2016. The closure will allow park rangers to clean up the site, and reduce environmental impacts of the noxious weed Salvina. The park will advise when the re-opening of this area is announced.
There are still many great fishing spots in the park, including South and East Alligator Rivers and Yellow Water Billabong. Also available are 4WD accessible Red Lily, Bucket and Alligator Billabongs.
Crocodile Dundee and Me: Bessie Coleman
Crocodile Dundee and Me' - reflections of Kakadu Traditional Owners on the 30 year anniversary of the film's release.
Discover Kakadu National Park this April
The first ever Discovery Month is in full swing at Kakadu National Park! Through the month of April visitors are getting the chance to connect with Kakadu more than ever before, with activities and demonstrations available every day.
Discovery Month 2016
For over 50,000 years, Kakadu's Bininj/Mungguy people have lived in harmony with this ancient natural landscape. In April, join us in Kakadu to take part in more activities than any other month. You'll learn about seasonal bush foods, painting and weaving demonstrations and enjoy walks with local Bininj/Mungguy. All activities are included as part of your Kakadu Park
2016 Kakadu Triathlon
The Kakadu Triathlon is back for 2016! Get your active on and join the fun. It's perfect for all fitness levels (ages over 14 years), so join as an individual or as a team for a great morning out.
Saturday May 14, 2016 at 5:00 am | Alberton Luglietti Swimming Pool, Civic Drive, Jabiru NT 0886
250 m swim / 10 km bike / 2.5 km run
$30 per person - all money raised goes to CareFlight
Join our rangers for guided activities throughout Kakadu, including daily art site talks, walks, painting and weaving demonstrations and evening slideshows. Download our current list of activities here or contact Bowali Visitor Centre for more information on 08 8938 1120.
World Wetland's Day - come and join us!
World Wetland's Day is upon us, celebrated annually across the globe during February (traditionally 2 February). This year's theme is Sustainable Use. Kakadu is the epitome of wetland's - internationally significant for our migratory bird species, home to over 300 tidal and freshwater fish species, 26 frogs and a resource for our 120 reptiles, 2,000 plants and over 10,000 insects! Not to mention the importance our wetlands has played for our Bininj people for thousands of years.
Kakadu will be hosting a World Wetland's Day event at Bowali Visitor Centre on Saturday 6 February 2016. There will be a free BBQ, fun activities for the kids, show and tell displays from the park, ERISS, NESP and ERA, a wetland's photo competition and your chance to win some great prizes!
Australia 20 most amazing views
Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park have both been listed in Australia 20 most amazing views by Experience Oz + NZ.
Kakadu gained two placings for Gunlom falls and Ubirr, while Uluru took out the number one spot for it's sunrise/sunset viewing.
We've always know our parks are amazing, but it's great to see others think so too.
Winners announced for the six day intrepid birding experience for two people in Kakadu National Park
Anthony and Riley Nimbs are the lucky winners of this amazing escape. They will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in remote avifauna surveys, explore the park with an expert birding guide, cruise Yellow Water on a private tour and will participate in Kakadu Bird Week from 14 to 21 October!
Monitoring toad-smart quolls at East Alligator
The northern quoll is a small marsupial predator that was once abundant in Kakadu. Sadly, after cane toads arrived in the park in 2003 we saw quoll numbers decline.
Ssspecial sssight for Kakadu visitors!
Driving to work in Kakadu isn't always your regular trudge to work! One morning I was treated to a special wildlife encounter - an olive python, over three metres in length, crossing the Kakadu Highway right near the Bowali Visitor Centre. The python was making its way across the road, and I'm pleased to say everyone slowed down to let it get safely across.
West Alligator Head open Friday 17 July from 4 pm
Following the Two Mile/Four Mile Hole track leads you to West Alligator Head (Waldak Irrmbal) - this is the only opportunity to view Kakadu's pristine coast line by land. Bush campsites are available - please take water with you and obey all safety information on-site.
Bird Week - 14-21 October 2015
See Kakadu's remarkable birds during Bird Week!
Kakadu is a birdwatcher's paradise - from woodland birds of the tropical savannah to water birds gracing the region's famed billabongs, to richly voiced birds ringing across majestic sandstone escarpments.
NAIDOC Week 2015
This week-long celebration runs from 5 to 12 July 2015, Australia wide. Here in Kakadu, our wonderful staff are hosting an event on Thursday 9 July at Bowali Visitor Centre from 10 am to 3 pm. Including clutural demonstrations, a sausage sizzle, flag raising ceremony, kids activities and competitions, it's going to be a great day!
Join our rangers for guided activities throughout Kakadu, including daily art site talks, walks, painting and weaving demonstrations and evening slideshows. Download our current list of activities here or cntact Bowali Visitor Centre for more information on 08 8938 1120.
The Today Show at Kakadu
Channel 9's Today Show is broadcasting live from Kakadu. Tune in on Monday 25 May to catch see the beauty of the top end and some of the exiting experiences on offer..
Kakadu's grasshopper population healthy
One of Kakadu's iconic species - the brightly-coloured Leichhardts grasshopper is showing healthy populations across a number of survey sites.
In 2012 a large, hot bushfire occurred and we expected to see less alyurr the following year. However, in January 2014 there was a huge increase in numbers at one of the regularly surveyed sites - from 13 to 800 individuals.
Gunlom open for the May long weekend!
Over the past month, extensive works have been happening at Gunlom. The road has been upgraded from the previous 4WD track to a gravel 2WD road. The picnic, BBQ and bathroom facilities have also been upgraded. Whilst we still have some more work to complete on the road, our contractors will be taking a well deserved break this long weekend allowing access to the public.
The site will open from 5 pm Friday 1 May 2015 but with a strict departure time of 8 am Tuesday 5 May to allow the road workers to close the site again to finish the upgrades. Forecast re-opening for the remainder of the season is 10 May 2015. There is a 40Km speed limit on the Gunlom Road so please obey all signage.
If you have no plans for the long weekend, where better than to spend it at Gunlom relaxing by the natural infinity pools at the top of the falls - see you there!
Anzac Day - 25 April 2015
ANZAC Day ceremonies will be celebrated in the Jabiru Town square commencing at 5.00 am on Saturday 25 April concluding with a community breakfast - all welcome.
Please be advised as part of ANZAC Day celebrations, RAAF Hornets will be low flying over the vicinity of the Jabiru township at approximately 8.30 am tomorrow morning.
Two Mile Hole opens early
This popular fishing spot in the South Alligator region re-opened for the year on 5 April 2015. It is a small, tree-lined billabong near a shady camp area, about 12 km from the Arnhem Highway by dirt road.
Two Mile Hole is open a month ahead of schedule, thanks to the extra work we've done to stabilise creek crossings, helping the road survive the tropical summer flooding in better condition.
Bush walking strategy
Kakadu has released the draft of their new bushwalking strategy. We extend an invitation to provide comments on the draft Walking Strategy which will be available for comment until COB Friday 20 March 2015.
Guluyumbi tropical summer cruise
The Guluyumbi tropical summer cruise is now operating on the Magela wetlands and offering exclusive tropical summer access to Ubirr. For bookings please call them on 1800 525 238
How far does a flatback turtle swim?
Every year Kakadu staff, traditional owners and volunteers camp on Gardangarl (Field Island) and study the turtles as they come ashore to nest. Last August we fitted satellite tags to two nesting females, Manbiri and Yurrwa, before they returned to the water, and we've been following them ever since.
An array of sharks in Kakadu's waters
We've been out on the West Alligator River for a second survey of sawfish and river sharks. The first survey took place 12 months ago and discovered a significant population of northern river sharks in this remote Kakadu river.
Kakadu National Park - Draft Management Plan
The Kakadu Board of Management has prepared a new draft management plan to guide park management over the next 10 years. The new draft management plan is a strategic document which sets out how the park will be looked after. It is also a legal document - it is essentially the law for the park under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and sets out the activities that can and cannot be done in the park.
Saving our threatened species
Love Kakadu's wildlife? So do we!
We're ramping up action to save threatened species like our northern quoll.
Kakadu's first ever Bird Week, held at the end of September 2014, was a great success. Kakadu is a birdwatcher's paradise, and ornithologists from around Australia took advantage of the week's program of activities.
Teams surveyed a huge number of birds, including key threatened species within the park, particularly in remote and publicly inaccessible areas. A total of 153 species were recorded.
Kakadu's bird week highlighted the amazing natural values and biodiversity of Kakadu National Park. It also provided an opportunity to raise awareness of species that are in trouble and the challenges we face in our efforts to protect them.
Data collected from the surveys will help guide the park's conservation and management efforts, supporting species recovery in the area.
- Visitors had some exiting sightings including:
- Yellow chat (endangered Alligator River subspecies)
- White-throated grasswren
- Rufous Owl
- Flocks of 800-1,000 brolga
- Red-backed buttonquail
Other birds spotted during the week include the white-lined honeyeater, banded fruit-dove, sandstone shrike-thrush, chestnut-quilled rock-pigeon, little curlew, rainbow pitta, partridge pigeon, australian bustard, spotted harrier, black-breasted buzzard, wedge-tailed eagle, buff-sided robin, variegated fairywren, northern rosella, black-tailed treecreeper, tawny grassbird and zitting cisticola.
Click here to see the program from the 2014 Bird Week