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Welcome to the latest news page for Kakadu National Park. As you can see, there is always lots going on! Feel free to pass these stories around or contact us if you would like more information.

Tourism industry update 18  |  21 October 2013

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Tourism industry update 17  |  4 October 2013

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Tourism industry update 16  |  20 September 2013

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Tourism industry update 15  |  5 September 2013

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Temporary closure - Maguk | 5 September 2013

Maguk

To respect traditional Aboriginal funeral practices, Kakadu's southern visitor area at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) will be temporarily closed from Saturday 7 September until Saturday 14 September 2013.

A senior traditional owner of the Maguk area has recently passed away and as a sign of respect, traditional owners and family members have requested the area be closed.

Under Aboriginal custom when someone dies, country and places must be cleansed to allow the spirit of that person to move on.

The family asks all visitors and tour operators in Kakadu to honour their wishes to follow Aboriginal cultural way during this sorry time.

Maguk will re-open at 8.00 am on Saturday 14 September 2013. For more details on this temporary closure, please contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120.

 

Tourism industry update 14  |  19 August 2013

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Twin Falls

Twin Falls Gorge opens tomorrow  |  5 July 2013

Twin Falls Gorge will open from 8.00 am tomorrow, Saturday 6 July. The Jim Jim Falls area including Garnamarr campground is also reopening to visitors.

Access to Twin Falls is by high clearance 4WD with snorkel only. Please take note of any crocodile warnings and other safety signs.

Jump aboard the shuttle boat and marvel at the natural beauty of sheer sandstone cliffs and crystal clear waters as it ferries you to the falls. If you’re feeling energetic, take the 6 km hike (4-6 hours) up on to the escarpment. Don’t forget to bring plenty of drinking water.

 

Maguk

Temporary closure at Jim Jim Falls  |  2 July 2013

At the request of senior traditional owners, the Director of National Parks has closed Kakadu’s Jim Jim area until Saturday 6 July 2013 following the death of a visitor.

Kakadu’s traditional owners feel a great sadness whenever somebody dies or is hurt on their country. They made the request as a mark of respect to the man and his family and friends.

The Jim Jim area, including the Garnamarr camping area and Twin Falls, will open on Saturday 6 July 2013, from 8:00 am.

All other parts of the park that are currently open remain so. A special spot to explore right now is Gunlom with its ‘original horizontal infinity pool’. It’s accessible to high clearance vehicles only - 4WD recommended. At Maguk walk through shady monsoonal rainforest along Barramundi Creek, sandy banks and rugged sandstone formations to discover a large plunge pool and seasonal waterfall.

Please check the road and access report on our website for more information on what is open at Kakadu http://kakadu.com.au/access or call the Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120.

We appreciate your understanding at this very sad and difficult time. We regret any inconvenience.

 

Jim Jim Falls

Jim Jim Falls

Jim Jim Falls closed  |  28 June 2013

Following an incident at Jim Jim Falls, the Jim Jim Falls area (from the car park) is closed until further notice. Garnamarr campground remains open.

 

Maguk open again | 26 June 2013

Maguk

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Maguk has been closed for a week following the possible sighting of a 2.5 metre crocodile close to the footbridge crossing the Maguk Creek.

Although Maguk was cleared of crocodiles at the start of the season, and continues to be monitored, this sighting highlights how mobile crocodiles are - they can move in to a waterway at anytime. Please follow safety signs and report any possible sighting to a ranger as soon as possible.

 

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) temporarily closed | 19 June 2013

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) has been temporarily closed after the park received a report of a possible crocodile sighting near the footbridge earlier today.
Park staff are taking all precautions and surveys will be carried out tonight and again tomorrow morning.

Visitors to the park are advised to stay vigilant around waterways and always keep a safe distance to the water's edge. We will let you know when the area is open again.

 

Beautiful pics from Yellow Water

Beautiful pics from Yellow Water

Yellow water road, carpark and boat ramp | open 15 June 2013

Yellow Water Road, carpark, and boat ramp are open. The boardwalk is expected to open in a few days. Please take note of any crocodile warning and safety signs. The area is accessible by 2WD.

Take a stroll along the boardwalk and get up close to the vibrant floodplains of international significance. Or launch your boat and travel at your own pace along Yellow Water Billabong. Yellow Water is a must-do on anyone's visit to Kakadu. While you're in the area, check out the rich aboriginal culture and history of our park at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre - just a short drive (or walk) up the road from Gagudju Lodge Cooinda.

 

Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) opens tomorrow | 5 June 2013

The beautiful and isolated Koolpin Gorge opens tomorrow - but only to visitors who have a special day-use or camping permit! The area is accessible by 4WD only and you need to carry all drinking water. Also, due to storms, the communications tower is broken (to be fixed imminently). If possible, please carry a satellite phone.

The trip in to Koolpin Gorge campsite is an adventure of its own. You need to ford two sandy creeks and traverse an 11 km track. To apply for a permit (day visit and/or overnight camping) go to permits.

Find out more about Koolpin Gorge (PDF - 705 KB) or contact the Permits Officer on 08 8938 1140.

 

Jim Jim Falls opens tomorrow | 30 May 2013

Jim Jim Falls

Jim Jim Falls

Spectacular Jim Jim Falls opens tomorrow - Friday 31 May! Although croc surveys have been carried out, be cautious around waterways as crocs can move in and out at any time.

There is so much to do at Jim Jim Falls. Take the shorter (but still challenging) walk to the plunge or the viewing pools. Or take the longer Barrk Marlam hike up the steep escarpment above Jim Jim Falls. If the climb hasn’t taken your breath away, the views will!

For further information, contact our Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120.

 

Tourism industry update 8  | 29 May 2013

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Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) opens lunch time today | 22 May 2013

Maguk

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Maguk opens today - for high clearance 4WD only at this stage. Please take note of any crocodile warning and safety signs and take plenty of drinking water.

Take a walk through shady monsoonal rainforest along Barramundi Creek, past sandy banks and rugged sandstone formations to discover a beautiful large plunge pool and seasonal waterfall. Compost toilets and fire places are available and a camping spot will cost you a mere $5 per person per night (under 16 free).

For further information, contact our Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120.

 

Tourism industry update 7  | 17 May 2013

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Gunlom - opens tomorrow! | 10 May 2013

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls

Gunlom Falls will open tomorrow to high 2WD and 4WD only.  Stay alert - crocodiles may move in at any time.

Recently voted as one of Australia’s Top 40 Secret Spots by Hooroo (Qantas’ travel agency) Gunlom is a stunning and peaceful place to visit. Pack up the car with your camping gear and spend a night or two enjoying the serenity of the falls. Reminder - although croc surveys have been carried out, be cautious around waterways as crocs can move in and out at any time. Please take care on the Gunlom Road as repairs are not finished. 

For further information about the Mary River region and road accessibility contact Bowali Visitor Centre 08 8938 1120.

 

Free seasonal ranger activities | 10 May 2013

Ubirr lookout

Ubirr lookout

Yegge - Kakadu’s early dry season - is here and it’s a fantastic time to visit Kakadu. From now until October, come and join our seasonal rangers all over the park for free talks, guided walks, cultural activities and slideshows. With 50 weekly activities on offer, there is something to delight everyone.

The seasonal ranger program runs from Monday 13 May - Sunday 6 October 2012.

 

Tourism industry update 6  | 26 April 2013

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Tourism industry update 5  | 11 April 2013

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Tourism industry update 4  |  22 March 2013

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Kakadu tour operator licence applications now open  |  12 March 2013

A reminder that our first round of tour operator licence applications for 2014 are open.

From 1 April 2014, five year licences will be issued to tour operators for the following activities ONLY:

Find out more information and download the licence application form

 

Tourism industry update 3  |  28 February 2013

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Koongarra added to Kakadu

Jeffrey Lee and Minister Burke

Jeffrey Lee and Minister Burke

18 February 2013
The shady woodlands of Koongarra have been officially added to Kakadu National Park, protecting the area's rich cultural heritage.
The historic move ensures a spectacular area near Nourlangie Rock is protected from mining forever. It follows a decades-long campaign by Koongarra's senior custodian Jeffrey Lee, who has worked tirelessly to see his country become part of the park.

More news | Media release | Blog about the fight to protect Koongarra

 

Tourism industry update 2  |  25 January 2013

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Tourism industry update 1  |  8 January 2013

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Tourism industry update 26  |  21 December 2012

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Tourism industry update 25  |  17 December 2012

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Tourism industry update 23  |  22 November 2012

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Total solar eclipse

Total solar eclipse in Kakadu  |  21 November 2012

The amazing photos from last week's solar eclipse keep flooding in. The eclipse was best seen from Ubirr lookout, with the cloud cover failing to prevent a spectacular show.

Read more on our blog | See more pictures on our Facebook page

 

Kakadu newsletter  |  15 November 2012

Kakadu's latest newsletter is out now. Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see stunning photographs from the solar eclipse.

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Tourism industry update 22  |  9 November 2012

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Mamukala wetlands

Tourism industry update 21  |  26 October 2012

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Tourism industry update 20  |  10 October 2012

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World Parks Day Monday 17 September

Come and celebrate World Parks Day at Kakadu on Monday 17 September! From 11 am until 2 pm at Bowali Visitor Centre

Download the flyer for the day's events (pdf version of the information above 1.1mb)

 

Mahbilil Festival 2011

Mahbilil Festival  |  27 August 2012

It's festival time at Kakadu! The Mahbilil Festival is on Saturday 15 September.

It happens in Jabiru and is a one-day celebration of culture and community - family activities during the day including weaving, painting a bush foods, followed by an evening program of music and dance.

More news | Mahbilil Festival website

 

Welcome to Gurrung  |  24 August 2012

Kapok bush

Gurrung, from mid-August to mid-October, is one of Kakadu's six seasons. The weather is hot and dry and waterbirds gather in huge flocks in the remaining waterholes. The bright yellow flowers of the kapok bush can be seen everywhere at this time of year.

It is still 'goose time' but also time for Kakadu's Bininj/Mungguy traditional owners to hunt file snakes and long-necked turtles. Sea turtles lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of Field Island and West Alligator Head and goannas rob their nests sometimes. Towards the end of the season, white-breasted wood swallows arrive and thunderclouds build, signalling the return of Gunumeleng.

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Festival time!  |  20 August 2012

Two of our favourite festivals are on soon in the Kakadu region:

Stone Country Festival website | Mahbilil Festival website

 

Saltwater crocodile

West Alligator Head is open  |  20 August 2012

Off the Arnhem Highway there’s a 4WD track travelling right up to the coastline to Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head). This adventurous destination is now open for boating, bird watching and camping. It’s a place of sun, sand and sky blue seas, but also a place of stingers, sandflies and saltwater crocodiles. Be prepared for 4WD road conditions with a couple of water crossings before the 2 Mile and 4 Mile turnoffs and observe the signage to avoid things that bite!

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Kakadu newsletter  |  15 August 2012

Kakadu's latest newsletter is out now. Get a glimpse behind the scenes and see our recommendations for some of Kakadu's best experiences as we near the end of Wurrgeng season.

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Boardwalk, Gungarre Walk

Boardwalk opens on Gungarre Walk  |  13 August 2012

One of Kakadu's beautiful rainforest and wetland experiences - the Gungarre Walk - is now fully open. The boardwalk onto Anggardabal Billabong has just opened, after the water level dropped enough to be croc safe. The walk starts at the banyan tree near Aurora Kakadu Resort, South Alligator. Remember to bring your drinking water and mosquito repellent.

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Yellow Water wetlands

Update on access  |  31 July 2012

Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge) has just opened, offering great camping and bushwalking. It's a beautiful site for those prepared for rough conditions - access is 4WD high clearance and because it is a rugged and remote area you will need a permit (call us on 08 8938 1140).

On a more sombre note, Yellow Water Cruises and Yellow Water Fishing will not operate on Friday 3 August. This is a mark of respect as part of funeral arrangements for a traditional owner and board member of Gagudju Dreaming, the company that runs the tours. Visitors can still explore the Yellow Water area and all other tours and accommodation will remain open. Cruises and fishing tours will return to normal business on Saturday 4 August. Please contact Gagudju Dreaming on 08 8979 0145 with any questions.

Find these places on the map | Check our Road and Access Report

 

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Maguk bushwalking | Tourism NT

What to see right now  |  13 July 2012

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What to see right now  |  2 July 2012

Find Anbangbang Billabong, Maguk and Alligator Billabong on the map | Check our Road and Access Report

 

Yellow Water

2 Mile Hole and Yellow Water boatramp and boardwalk open | 15 June 2012

More areas of the park are becoming accessible as water levels drop:

 

 

Traditional weaving | Sharon Davies

Rangers removing a four metre croc from Maguk on 2 June

Jim Jim Falls open in time for the long weekend  |  8 June 2012

The following areas in the Jim Jim region will be open in time for the coming June long weekend:

 

 

Traditional weaving | Sharon Davies

Traditional weaving | Sharon Davies

Free seasonal ranger program begins in Kakadu  |  14 May 2012

From now until October, come and join our seasonal rangers for free talks, guided walks, cultural activities and slideshows on offer across all seven Kakadu regions.

The seasonal ranger program runs from Monday 14 May - Sunday 7 October 2012.

 

 

Na Godjok Nayinggul

Na Godjok Nayinggul | 10 July 1943 to 3 January 2012

Temporary fishing closure for cultural reasons | 2 May 2012

As part of traditional Aboriginal funeral practices, the East Alligator River upstream of Cahill's Crossing will be temporarily closed to fishing from 7 May until 13 July 2012.

The area is still open to sightseeing and boats.

The temporary closure follows the death of a very senior traditional owner, Na Godjok Nayinggul, earlier this year. Under Aboriginal custom, when someone dies places must be cleansed to allow their spirit to move on. The family asks all visitors and tour operators to follow Aboriginal cultural way in this sorry time and refrain from fishing in this part of the river.

To view the declaration and map of affected areas please click here (PDF - 839 KB).

Map | Access report

 

Seasonal burning | Kakadu

Seasonal burning | 30 April 2012

As Kakadu dries out after the monsoon season, rangers are starting to do their season burning. You might see us doing small patch burns along the Arnhem Highway over the next few days.

Please slow down when you see the smoke and drive with care. Thanks for your understanding - this is an important part of keeping Kakadu's native habitats healthy.

 

Doing business at Kakadu | 28 April 2012

Applications are now open to conduct the following activities in Kakadu National Park for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014: guided sports fishing tours, safari camps, commercial bushwalking tours, tours to Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) and Ikoymarrwa (lower Moline Rockhole).

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Like a glimpse behind the scenes?  |  10 April 2012

Why not subscribe to the Kakadu newsletter? We will send you interesting updates on life in the park and information to help you plan your trip.

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See the media release | More news

 

Grevilleas at Nourlangie | Anja Toms

Nourlangie | Anja Toms

Easter in Kakadu  |  4 April 2012

It's all clear skies and lush new growth as Kakadu heads into the Easter long weekend. Why not pop down to Kakadu with the family and spend a few days soaking up the sunshine?

 

See the media release | More news

 

What to see in Kakadu right now  |  3 April 2012

Agile wallaby | Kakadu National Park

Monsoonal conditions make way for clear skies in April during Banggerreng, one of Kakadu's six seasons. There is a noticeable change in the air as humidity levels start to ease. While the days are still warm, evenings bring a hint of cooler things to come. Vast expanses of floodwater start to recede and streams begin to run clear. Spear grass which has grown to over two metres tall during Gudjewg is knocked down by strong winds that come with the occasional 'knock 'em down storm'. Wildflowers begin to bloom, plants are fruiting and animals are caring for their young.

Seasons

 

A ranger working in the field | Grenville Turner

Rangers working in the field

Recognising our rangers

13 March 2012
Do you know a ranger who has made an outstanding contribution in the Northern Territory? Now is your chance to nominate them for the inaugural NT Ranger Awards!

Rangers do an amazing job across all of our parks and Indigenous Protected Areas. They have a wide range of responsibilities - from fire, weed and feral animal management to managing visitor facilities, services and safety and providing environmental and cultural education programs.

The Northern Territory Government has established the NT Ranger Awards to recognise the many achievements of the Territory's 600 plus rangers.

For more information or to nominate a ranger or ranger team visit:

nretas.nt.gov.au/national-parks-and-reserves/parks/nt-ranger-awards

 

Boat cruise on Yellow Water - Kakadu National Park

Kakadu takes home tourism honour  |  3 March 2012

Kakadu has cemented its place amongst Australia's top tourism attractions, winning a coveted bronze at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards last night.

At a gala dinner in Cairns, Kakadu was named one of Australia's top three Major Tourist Attractions.

See the media release

 

Twin Falls from the air in the wet season - Kakadu National Park

Have your say on the future of Kakadu  |  29 February 2012

A new management plan is being developed for Kakadu National Park. You are invited to have your say on the issues it should consider.

Send us your views by Friday 13 April 2012.

Have your say | See the media release

 

New Commercial Tourism Management Arrangements  |  2 February 2012

The Director of National Parks will be making improvements in 2013 to commercial tourism arrangements. The changes are designed  to support innovative experiences and sustainable tourism. The new more flexible arrangements follow a review of commercial tourism activities in all Parks Australia's national parks and reserves. For more information see the Questions and Answers for Tour Operators.

More on Parks permits | Find out about Kakadu National Park commercial tour permits

 

Jeffrey Lee. Photo | James Hunt

Jeffrey Lee
Photo | James Hunt

Jeffrey Lee AM - honoured on Australia Day  |  26 January 2012

Kakadu traditional owner, Jeffrey Lee, has been honoured in today's Australia Day awards as a Member of the Order of Australia. The prestigious award recognises his services to conservation, and particularly his advocacy to secure the inclusion of his ancestral lands of Koongarra in the Kakadu World Heritage Area.

Koongarra's stunning woodlands and rock art sites lie in the shadow of Nourlangie Rock, one of Kakadu's most popular visitor destinations. It was excluded from Kakadu National Park's original boundaries in 1979 because of its potential uranium resources.

Last year Jeffrey, the senior traditional owner of the Djok clan, flew to Paris to make a personal - and successful plea - to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to declare Koongarra as part of the Kakadu World Heritage Area.

Jeffrey speaking on YouTube | Minister Tony Burke discussing the successful World Heritage listing of Koongarra on YouTube

 

Na Godjok Nayinggul | 10 July 1943 to 3 January 2012

Na Godjok Nayinggul  |  10 July 1943 to 3 January 2012

Na Godjok Nayinggul  |  10 July 1943 to 3 January 2012

It is with deep sadness that we advise the passing of Na Godjok Nayinggul, senior traditional owner of the Manilakarr clan and former Chair of the Kakadu Board of Management.

Na Godjok passed away at Gunbulunya at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

Na Godjok will be missed by all those who knew and loved him. We will remember his charm, his generosity, his sense of humour and the fascinating stories he told about his life growing up in the Top End.

Above all we will miss his strong leadership, gentle diplomacy and wisdom, so central to decades of his guidance of Kakadu National Park.

Na Godjok walked in both worlds, Bininj and Balanda. He was passionately committed to passing on his traditional knowledge to young generations of Bininj - and at the same time he embraced the economic and social opportunities his beloved national park could offer them, both in environmental work caring for country and in tourism, sharing culture with visitors.

He thought very carefully about his duty to both worlds. He firmly told us that when he passed away he thought it was right that his image and words remain on all Kakadu's publications, electronic or printed.

Na Godjok has left an enduring legacy to the worlds he traversed, Bininj and Balanda. We miss him - but his spirit will continue on through the management of Kakadu now and in the future.

Welcome to country

 

 

Northern quoll | Bruce Thomson, Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Northern quoll | Bruce Thomson, Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Kakadu's 'smart' quolls are coming out on top | 4 January 2012

Kakadu's northern quolls have been undergoing a training program to learn not to eat cane toads.

The ABC's 7.30 Report has provided an update on how the cute little quolls are going - and it seems they are doing well! Despite still facing other predators such as feral cats, the quolls are overcoming the cane toad obstacle and battling on.

Watch the 7.30 Report | Read more about the program on our blog

 

 

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