Kakadu National Park

Thursday 19 August 2021

Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions to keep the community safe. It is important to comply with the current travel restrictions and to use the Territory Check-In app to register at visitor sites and campgrounds in Kakadu.

Jim Jim Creek crossing and the Twin Falls escarpment walk have reopened to visitors, with the upgrades to Jim Jim Creek crossing now completed.

This means visitors to Kakadu National Park can now explore the captivating Twin Falls escarpment walk for the first time in almost two years.

Park Manager Shaun Barclay said Jim Jim Creek crossing has been raised for safer 4WD access to the Twin Falls area with only 0.2 metres of water currently covering the causeway.

“While the construction work was completed ahead of schedule, the commencement of construction was later than we had hoped due to the large wet season and prolonged inaccessibility of the site,” Mr Barclay said.

“The escarpment walk is one of Kakadu’s more challenging, longer day walks and a good level of fitness is required.

“Walkers can follow the rocky path up a steep slope to the top of the Arnhem Land escarpment and enjoy the changing landscape.

“A hike past rugged sandstone formations takes you through Anbinik forests, before stepping out onto the sandstone ledges on the edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment with incredible views down into the gorge.

“We ask that all visitors respect the cultural sensitivity of the region and stay on the track and close to the creek, in line with the wishes of traditional owners. Crocodiles inhabit these waters, so please be Crocwise and adhere to all signage and follow rangers’ directions.

“We want you to have a fantastic time that’s memorable for all the right reasons, so don’t forget to read the safety advice on our website before you go.”

Note there is strictly no access to Twin Falls gorge this year due to an infrastructure upgrade.

Visitors to Kakadu National Park are encouraged to read the safety advice on the Parks Australia website and are reminded to be Crocwise, follow directions from rangers and obey signage. The Twin Falls gorge is currently closed and swimming in the gorge is not permitted at this time.

Infrastructure works are part of the Australian Government’s $276 million investment to improve and renew infrastructure in Kakadu National Park, delivered by Parks Australia in consultation with traditional owners under the Kakadu Tourism Master Plan.