***UPDATE #1***Kakadu National Park – Road and Access Report 26 October 2014

PLEASE NOTE:  Sandy Billabong is CLOSED due to approaching fire.

Please use caution around bushfires in the park and smoke across the road, particularly in the south of Kakadu. Rangers are continuously monitoring fire impact – please be aware that should we deem an area unsafe due to fire, it may close at short notice. Please observe all warning signs – updates will be provided as soon as possible via this road report.

  • The grader will be on the Jim Jim Road today, please drive with care. Road works continue on the 4WD track beyond Garnamarr, expect short delays.
  • Gubara is currently closed due to crocodile sightings.
  • Barrk Marlam and Twin Falls are now closed for the season. Access to Jim Jim plunge pool is still available.
  • Jim Jim Falls seasonal closure will come into effect from Sunday 9 November from 4pm.
  • Maintenance works to the Gunlom Road will commence Monday 27th October. The area will still be open but visitors may experience short delays as road trains ferry gravel into the area.

Drivers should be aware of the potential presence of crocodiles in water crossings in Kakadu National Park — Do not enter the water and stay inside the vehicle at all times while crossing water bodies in vehicles.

Take your binoculars and head out to the Mamukala bird hide – a serene and peaceful encounter overlooking the wetlands in a purpose-built shaded observation platform. An interpretive mural illustrates the seasonal changes that occur through the year.

For more wetlands, venture to Anbangbang Billabong (check road report below for access details). Picnic tables provide a perfect spot for afternoon tea to see Kakadu’s renowned birdlife, with the Nourlangie escarpment providing an impressive backdrop.

Area Status Additional Information
Main roads
Arnhem Highway Open Please note there are currently road works in various sections between Bark Hut Inn and Humpty Doo, also from Bark Hut Inn to the Pt Stuart turnoff.  Motorists are advised to heed all traffic control.
Kakadu Highway Open Please note there is no fuel available at Goymarr Road House, you can purchase fuel in Pine Creek or Cooinda Lodge. There have been buffalo sightings on the highway at the southern end of the park, please drive with care.
Old Jim Jim Road Open 4WD Only.
South Alligator region
Mamukala wetlands Open
Gungarre Walk Open
Red Lily Billabong Open 4WD Only.
Bucket Billabong Open 4WD Only.
Alligator Billabong Open 4WD Only.
2 Mile Hole Billabong Open
4 Mile Hole Billabong Open 4WD Only.
West Alligator Head Open 4WD Only.  No water available on-site.  Please take all water with you for personal use.
Jabiru region
Bowali Visitor Centre Open Visitor Centre and Tourist Information Services are open from 8am to 5pm daily.
Bowali bike and walking track Open
Illigadjarr Walk Open
Malabanjbanjdju Tent area Open
Malabanjbanjdju Caravan area Open
Burdulba Campground Open
East Alligator region
Ubirr Open
Magela Creek (road to Ubirr) Open
Cahill’s Crossing Open High clearance vehicles only. For current tidal information, click on the following link: http://tides.willyweather.com.au/
Manngarre rainforest walk Open
Bardedjilidji walk Open
Sandstone & river bush walk Open
Merl Campground Open
Nourlangie region
Nourlangie Open
Nawurlandja Lookout walk Open
Anbangbang Billabong walk Open  
Gubara Pools walk Closed Due to crocodile sightings.
Nanguluwur art site walk Open
Barrk bushwalk Closed Due to extreme temperatures, will re-open once regular rainfall occurs.
Muirella Park Campground Open
Sandy Billabong Campground Closed Due to approaching fire.
Bubba walk Open Part walk open, please observe signage.
Mirrai Lookout walk Open
Yellow Water region
Yellow Water Boardwalk Open
Yellow Water Road Open
Yellow Water boat ramp Open
Home Billabong walk Open
Home Billabong boat ramp Open
Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre Open Open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Mardugal Campground 1 (Caravan) Open Amenities block closed for the wet season. Facilities available at Mardugal Campground 2.
Mardugal Campground 2 (Tent) Open
Mardugal Billabong Walk Open
Gun-gardun Walk Open
Jim Jim Billabong Campground Open               4WD only.
Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls region
Jim Jim Falls Open 4WD only. Grader on the road – please drive with caution and turn on your headlights. Seasonal closure to commence 9 November 2014.
Twin Falls Closed Seasonal closure and road upgrades.
Garnamarr Camp Ground Open 4WD only.
Budjmi Lookout Walk Open 4WD only.
Barrk Marlam Bushwalk Closed Seasonal closure – extreme temperatures.
Twin Falls Plateau Walk Closed Seasonal closure – extreme temperatures.
Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) Open Access by permit only.
Mary River region There have been buffalo sightings in the Mary River region, please drive with care. The Mary River Roadhouse is closed, only campground is operating, a caretaker is working on site.
Gunlom Open 4WD only. Road maintenance commencing 27.10. Please drive with caution.
Maguk Open 4WD only
Yurmikmik Walks Open Unsealed road, drive with caution. Please be aware of wildlife in the area.
Kambolgie Campground Open Unsealed road, drive with caution. Please be aware of wildlife in the area.
Bukbukluk Lookout Open
Gungurul Campground Open
Gungurul Lookout & River Walk Open
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) Open Site accessible by permit only.
Guratba/Gimbat Day UseArea Open 4WD only.
Ikoymarrwa Rock Holes Open 4WD only. Day use only. Crocodiles can move into the area at any time. Please call Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120 to report any sightings.
Giyamungkurr (Black Jungle Springs) Open 4WD only.