Kakadu National Park

Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all visitors need to ensure that they are complying with the current travel restrictions in place by the Northern Territory Government.

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Artist's impression of what the crossing will look like by the end of the dry season

Upgrades begin at Jim Jim Creek

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Upgrades will shortly commence at Jim Jim Creek crossing to improve dry season access to the Twin Falls plateau walk and surrounding area.

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Cahills Crossing

Cahills Crossing re-opens

Friday 9 July 2021

Following the Northern Territory Government’s further easing of COVID-19 health restrictions, vehicle access has re-opened at Cahills Crossing from 1 pm today, 9 July 2021. The closure is at the request of Traditional Owners in the Arnhem Land in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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Nawurlandja landscape. Photo: Maurice Mathey

Cahills Crossing closed

Friday 2 July 2021

The Northern Territory Government has closed Cahills Crossing for vehicle access from today, 2 July 2021. The closure is at the request of Traditional Owners in the Arnhem Land in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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Artist's impression of early concept design. troppo + T.C.L

Cahills Crossing construction open for tender

Wednesday 30 June 2021

Parks Australia is seeking submissions to tender for exciting new upgrades to the Cahills Crossing Viewing Platform area in Kakadu National Park.

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Nawurlandja landscape. Photo: Maurice Mathey

COVID-19 update ­- Visitor restrictions and closures

Monday 28 June 2021

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the Northern Territory, some restrictions are now in place at Kakadu National Park. The national park remains open, however to minimise risk to our staff, visitors and community, the Bowali Visitor Centre is closed and Ranger-guided activities have ceased, both until further notice.

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Nawurlundja at Kakadu National Park

Kakadu’s Board of Management grows

Sunday 27 June 2021

Kakadu’s Board of Management is set to grow from 15 to 21 members following an in-depth review of park management structures, recommendations from the Northern Land Council, and consultation with traditional owners.

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Yvonne Margarula, Senior Mirarr Traditional Owner and Director Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation receiving the Jabiru Town deed of grant.

Jabiru handover

Saturday 26 June 2021

Commonwealth Government representatives and the Director of National Parks Jody Swirepik joined Traditional Owners on Saturday, 26 June 2021 in a ceremony to hand over the Kakadu township of Jabiru to the Mirarr People.

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Ubirr

Ubirr reopens to visitors

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Ubirr, one of Kakadu National Park’s premier lookouts and rock art sites reopens today following an extended closure out of respect for the passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk Traditional Owner, Mr M. Na-Gangila Bangalang.

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Jim Jim Falls at Kakadu National Park

Kakadu favourite Jim Jim Falls reopens

Friday 18 June 2021

The Karnamarr Campground will open at 4pm today, ahead of Jim Jim Falls being opened to visitors at 8am on Saturday 19 June.

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Ubirr, credit mrlasse.

Respectful closure of Ubirr extended

Friday 11 June 2021

The respectful closure of Ubirr in Kakadu National Park has been extended following the passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk traditional owner, Mr M. Na-Gangila Bangalang.

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Nawurlundja at Kakadu National Park

Kakadu open for business as visitors soak up wet season sites

Thursday 6 May 2021

Kakadu National Park is looking forward to the seasonal opening of various sites across the park to visitors after a big wet season, as water levels drop and crocodile surveys near completion.

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East Alligator river

Easter Alligator (Erre) region – Update on closures

Friday 23 April 2021

The closure advice for the East Alligator (Erre) region following the recent passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk traditional owner Na-gangila Banggalang has been revised.

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Kakadu National Park

Passing of Mr M. Na-gangila Bangalang and respectful closure of Ubirr and the East Alligator region

Tuesday 13 April 2021

The Director of National Parks acknowledges the passing of Mr M. Na-gangila Bangalang, prominent and important Senior Murrwan Traditional Owner in the Erre Region and member of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.

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Gunlom Falls. Photo: Ian Oswald Jacobs

Gunlom Falls sacred site protection

Wednesday 31 March 2021

Parks Australia has today reaffirmed its commitment to resolving the issues raised by the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) in a constructive manner, and to work with the Traditional Owners of Kakadu National Park to ensure their culture, their heritage and their sacred sites are protected.

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Ubirr walk sunset lookout

Final Tourism Master Plan released

Monday 15 February 2021

The Kakadu Tourism Master Plan is a ten-year strategy to grow culturally appropriate tourism in the national park and was developed in consultation with Kakadu’s Traditional Owners, Board of Management and the tourism industry.

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Passes and permits

Update to Park Passes for entry to national parks from 1 January 2021

Thursday 10 December 2020

The Australian Government’s fee waiver period for Booderee, Kakadu and Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Parks is coming to a close on 31 December 2020.

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Gunlom Falls. Photo: Ian Oswald Jacobs

Temporary closure of Gunlom due to heavy rain

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Due to heavy rain and high water levels, all access to Gunlom including the campground and lower plunge pool, has been temporarily closed for safety reasons.

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Parks Australia staff undertaking roadkill survey

Lockdown provides survey opportunities in Kakadu

Monday 14 September 2020

Earlier this year Kakadu staff used the COVID-19 park closure as a rare opportunity to collect baseline data on the impacts of vehicle traffic on wildlife in Kakadu National Park.

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Social distancing in Kakadu National Park

Exclusion zone set up for humpback whale at Kakadu

Friday 11 September 2020

Earlier this week we became aware of a very unusual event at Kakadu National Park - three Humpback Whales had entered the East Alligator River. As far as we’re aware, this is the first time this has happened.

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Total fire ban

Kakadu National Park – Total Fire Ban in place

Thursday 27 August 2020

Due to severe weather conditions a Total Fire Ban for Kakadu National Park is in place until midnight Friday 28 August 2020.

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Djarradjin (Muirella Park)

Djarradjin (Muirella Park) temporary closure

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Djarradjin (Muirella Park), including the Bubba walk and Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) day use and camping area will be closed from 12:00 pm Monday 10 August until 5:00 pm Wednesday 12 August 2020 for an exclusive event.

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Artist’s impression of Cahills Crossing viewing platform

Tenders open for Cahills Crossing viewing platform

Thursday 16 July 2020

Kakadu National Park is seeking submissions to help bring to life a new idea for one of the most popular croc-spotting sites in the park.

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Jim Jim Falls

Jim Jim, Maguk and more re-opening at Kakadu

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Parks Australia is pleased to announce that popular visitor sites including Jim Jim Falls and Maguk will re-open to visitors at Kakadu National Park from Friday, 3 July 2020.

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Social distancing in Kakadu National Park

Updated list of sites open to visitors

Wednesday 1 July 2020

The following sites are either open now to visitors or will be reopening from Friday, 3 July 2020 as indicated as part of a staged reopening of the national park.

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Passes and permits

Staged re-opening for Kakadu National Park

Friday 12 June 2020

Parks Australia has today announced staged re-opening plans for Kakadu and Ulur̲u-Kata Tjut̲a and National Parks, with both parks to welcome visitors from Friday, 19 June 2020.

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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park COVID-19 – Frequently asked questions

Thursday 9 April 2020

To protect remote communities from COVID-19, Kakadu National Park is closed to visitors and other non-essential travellers until 11.59 pm 18 June 2020. This closure is under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations.

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Passes and permits

Parks Australia temporary closures extended

Monday 6 April 2020

Parks Australia has today announced that the recent closures to Booderee, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks, and the Australian National Botanic Gardens will be extended.

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Passes and permits

Waived park entry fees announced

Friday 13 March 2020

The Australian Government has announced that park entry fees will be waived for visitors to Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Kakadu and Booderee National Parks from 16 March to 31 December 2020.

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Twin Falls escarpment pools

Twin Falls update

Friday 17 January 2020

Access to Twin Falls has been severely limited in recent years due to high water levels at the crossing for much of the dry season. Following consistent feedback from tour operators and others in the tourism sector to improve access, we have made the decision to close Twin Falls in 2020 to conduct significant upgrades.

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Storm over the floodplains. Photo: Tourism NT

Cyclone update

Thursday 9 January 2020

Kakadu National Park is on cyclone watch and some parts of the park are closed, or may become inaccessible, over the coming days.

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Image of 4WD.

Kudjewk – monsoon season: check road access

Tuesday 7 January 2020

A tropical low has formed in the Arafura Sea to the north of Kakadu National Park that is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone and slowly track towards the Top End coast during the next three days.

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Ubirr at Kakadu National Park

Areas of the park closed for cultural reasons

Thursday 5 December 2019

We are writing to advise that traditional owners of Kakadu National Park have requested that areas of the park be closed for cultural reasons, following the passing of a traditional owner.

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Cultural art, Kakadu National Park. Photo Tourism NT

Growing Tourism in Kakadu

Monday 16 September 2019

On 13 January 2019, the Australian Government announced a $216 million funding package over 10 years to support growing tourism in Kakadu National Park and to support the Jabiru township to transition to a post-mining future. Investing in visitor infrastructure across Kakadu will support visitation to the park, provide employment and economic opportunities for Traditional Owners and encourage private investment in tourism in the park and in Jabiru.

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Announcement of Kakadu Tourism Master Plan

Tourism in Kakadu set to grow under new master plan

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Tourism in Kakadu is set for a massive boost thanks to two milestones announced today.

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Road closed ahead sign

Road closures in Jabiru – 11 May 2019

Monday 8 April 2019

All residential roads in Jabiru will be closed from 6.30 am to 9.00 am on Saturday 11 May 2019.

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Kakadu plum

Invitation for public comment – Kakadu plum harvesting

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Kakadu National Park has received a proposal from Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation to collect the fruit of Kakadu plum for commercial purposes.

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Swimming at Gunlom. Photo: Tourism NT

Gunlom closed 28 October – 4 November

Thursday 18 October 2018

Access to Gunlom Falls will be closed for a week from Sunday 28 October. The area will reopen on Sunday 4 November.

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Gunlom Falls. Photo: Ian Oswald Jacobs

High Ground filming underway in Kakadu

Monday 24 September 2018

A new Australian movie is being filmed in the park, which may affect access to some areas.

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2018 Australian Tourism Awards

Kakadu takes out top tourism award

Friday 23 February 2018

Kakadu National Park has taken out the Australian Tourism Awards top prize for Major Tourist Attraction for 2017.

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2017 Brolga Awards

Top End reigns in Alice Springs

Sunday 12 November 2017

On Saturday night in Alice Springs, Kakadu National Park took out the top prize for tourism at the Northern Territory's Brolga Awards, for the second year in a row. Winning the prize for major tourism attraction means Kakadu will proudly represent the Territory at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

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Scenic flight over Kakadu. Photo: Tourism NT

Wanted: CEO and part-time croc wrangler

Thursday 26 October 2017

Take a ride on the wilder side of life and sign up for crocs, buffalo and the ultimate job – park manager of Kakadu National Park.

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Barrk Marlam walk

Changes to fee timetable, in response to industry feedback

Tuesday 29 November 2016

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.

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From left: Pete Cotsell, Bessie Coleman and Maria Lee

Recognition for Kakadu

Monday 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.

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Savana Eccles in the Savannah Woodlands

Expressions of Interest – Female Tourism Industry Representative

Monday 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.

Click here for more details about this board position