Step-by-step for Kakadu NP Camping and bushwalking

You will need to apply for a permit if you intend to do any of the following activities:

  • camp at Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge)
  • camp at Motorcar Falls
  • camp at Kurrundie
  • access Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)
  • overnight or off-track bushwalks.

You don’t need a permit to camp at other approved campsites or bushwalks during the day on an approved walking route in Kakadu National Park.

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You must read the permit conditions for your activity before you begin your application.

Interpretation

In these conditions, unless the contrary intention appears:

  • Act means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and any Regulations, management plans and instruments made under it, and includes any Act that amends or replaces it.
  • Agreement means the agreement at the end of these conditions.
  • Authorised participants means all persons, other than the permittee or the permittee’s staff, who take part in the permitted activity.
  • Director means the Director of National Parks, and includes any statutory successor to the Director and the Director’s delegates.
  • Emergency contact means the person nominated as the permittee’s emergency contact on the permit application form.
  • Management plan means the management plan in operation from time to time for the park under the Act.
  • Park means the named Commonwealth reserve(s) for which this permit is issued.
  • Park staff means persons employed by the Director and performing duties in relation to the park.
  • Permitted activity means the specified activity for which this permit is issued.
  • Permittee means each person (individual, company or other commercial entity) to whom this permit is issued and includes, where the context permits, the permittee’s staff.
  • Permittee’s staff means the permittee’s employees, contractors and other agents who take part in the permitted activity.
  • Ranger means a person appointed as a ranger under s392 of the Act.
  • Regulations means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 and includes any Regulations that amend or replace them.
  • Warden means a person appointed as a warden under s392 of the Act.

In these conditions:

The singular includes the plural and vice versa.

Where a word or phrase is defined, other grammatical forms of that word or phrase have a corresponding meaning.

Where one of the words ‘include’, ‘including’ or ‘includes’ is used, the words ‘without limitation’ are taken to immediately follow.

Where the word ‘must’ imposes an obligation on a person to do or not do something, the obligation is taken to mean that the person must take all reasonable steps to do or not do the thing (i.e. steps that ought to be reasonable to a person who possesses the faculty of reason and engages in conduct in accordance with community standards).

A reference to the permittee includes, where the context permits the permittee’s staff involved in the permitted activity.

Note: The Director may vary or revoke these permit conditions, or impose new conditions, in accordance with r17.09 of the Regulations, and must do so where it is necessary to ensure that the matters or circumstances about which the Director is required to be satisfied when issuing the permit continue to apply.

General Permit Conditions (all activities)

  1. The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity before the commencement date or after the expiry date shown on the permit.
  2. The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity unless the permittee has signed and submitted the agreement with the park.
  3. This permit cannot be transferred to another person, except in accordance with regulation 17.11 of the Regulations.

Note: If the permittee sells the business to which the permit relates, the permittee may apply to transfer the permit to the purchaser, in accordance with r17.11 of the Regulations, or the purchaser may apply for a new permit.

  1. The permittee must comply with the EPBC Act, the EPBC Regulations, the management plan, these permit conditions, and any other signs, notices, information, guidelines, codes of conduct, protocols or directions issued by, or under the authority of, the Director relating to the park.
  2. The permittee must comply with all Commonwealth, State or Territory laws relating to the permitted activity.
  3. The permittee must hold all permits, licences and other authorities required by law for the conduct of the permitted activity.
  4. The permittee must maintain relevant training, qualifications and experience to competently conduct the permitted activity.
  5. The permittee must carry a copy of this permit and these conditions or keep a copy in the permittee’s transport (vehicle, vessel or aircraft) while conducting the permitted activity, and must produce it for inspection when requested by a ranger or warden.
  6. The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that authorised participants do not, walk off track or use any road, track or area that is permanently, temporarily or seasonally closed or restricted by fences, gates or signs, unless specifically authorised by this or another permit.
  7. The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that authorised participants do not:
    1. behave contrary to the Regulations or any warning or regulatory signs; or
    2. pick fruits, flowers or branches, or otherwise damage any native plants; or
    3. interfere with, feed, handle or disturb any native animal, or damage or disturb a nest or dwelling place of a native animal; or
    4. touch or interfere with any rock art, sacred site or cultural artefact; or
    5. impede public access to any part of the park.

Note: This permit does not give the permittee any rights to the exclusive use, enjoyment or occupancy of any area of the park unless specifically authorised by this permit.

  1. The permittee must notify the Director, in writing, within 7 days if:
  2. the permittee sells any business to which the permit relates to another person or group, or for any other reason ceases to conduct the permitted activity; or
  3. the permittee is a company and there is a change in the owner(s) of the majority of issued shares in the company.
  4. If the permittee is a company or other incorporated body the permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, have as a director or office holder a person who has been convicted (1)  of an offence (2)  against the Act or the Regulations within the previous 10 years. 
  5. The permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, use directly in the conduct of the activity to which this permit relates (eg driver or tour guide) the services of any person who has within the previous 10 years been convicted of an offence against the Act or the Regulations prior to the grant of the permit.

Note: The Director may keep a register of persons who have been convicted of such an offence or who have been the subject of a request by the Director for a permittee to cease using their services within the park.

  1. If any of the permittee’s staff contravene these permit conditions, the Director may:
    1. notify the permittee of the contravention; and
    2. direct the permittee to cease using the services of that person within the park for a specified time, and the permittee must forthwith comply with that request.

Note: In this situation and accordance with r14.16, the Director must give written notice to the member of the permittee’s staff of the decision, including a statement that the member of the permittee’s staff may apply to the Director to reconsider the decision and that, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, the member of the permittee’s staff may subsequently apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the reconsideration.

  1. The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s staff are fully informed of and understand these permit conditions before they commence taking part in the permitted activity.
  2. The permittee must ensure that the permittee's staff are appropriately trained and/or accredited for any activity they conduct in the park.
  3. The permittee must ensure that appropriate risk management systems, strategies and procedures are in place to minimise foreseeable risks to the permittee’s staff, authorised participants, other members of the public and the environment and heritage values of the park, and must produce evidence of such systems, strategies and procedures as requested by the Director.

Note: Suitable templates for risk management systems are available from Parks Australia. They represent the minimum acceptable standard for a risk management system. Permittees are encouraged to develop more detailed risk management systems.

  1. The permittee is responsible for the safety, well being and behaviour of the permittee’s staff and authorised participants, and must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no person is exposed to risks to their health or safety whilst in the park.
  2. If the permittee or any the permittee’s staff or authorised participants is killed, injured, becomes ill, goes missing, or is involved in a dangerous incident while in the park, a member of park staff must be notified as soon as possible and the permittee and the authorised participant must comply with any requests or directions from a member of park staff in relation to the safety of that person or any other person.

Note: In this condition “dangerous incident” means an incident that exposes a person to a serious risk to their health or safety.

  1. The permittee must ensure that its supervision of authorised participants is reasonable in the circumstances of the authorised participants’ differing levels of fitness, experience and abilities.
  2. The permittee must carry, and must ensure that each authorised participant carries, sufficient potable water for the conduct of the permitted activity.

Note: The Director recommends that, in hot weather, people carry and drink one litre of water for every hour they will be active.

  1. The permittee will make good any damage to the park, to the extent that the damage was caused or contributed to by the conduct of the permitted activity or a breach of the permit conditions by the permittee.

Camping Conditions

  1. The permittee must camp only in the permit area, and must not camp in an area that is not a designated campsite in the park.
  2. The permittee must not use facilities at Merl, Muirella Park, Mardugal, Garnamarr or Gunlom camping areas unless the applicable camping fees or shower fees have been paid prior to use.
  3. The permittee must only light fires in fireplaces (where provided), must not leave fires unattended and must ensure fires are completely extinguished before leaving the site.
  4. The permittee must not use generators in the permit area.
  5. The permittee must carry out all litter from the area(s) covered under this permit and dispose of in an appropriate litter receptacle.
  6. The permittee must carry a First Aid Kit appropriate for tropical conditions at all times while carrying out the permitted activity.
  7. The permittee must ensure that the emergency contact knows the details of the permitted activity planned to be undertaken, including where the permittee will be walking and the expected return date. The emergency contact must notify the park on 08 8938 1100 or 08 8938 1120 in the case of an emergency, or if the permittee fails to return within 24 hours of the planned date and time.

Kakadu National Park Conditions

  1. The permittee must keep the park’s Permits Officer updated within a reasonable time of any changes to the people or vehicle taking part in the permitted activity as well as emergency contact details.
  2. The permittee must only use the emergency call devices (ECDs or radio alarms) that are located in the park to request medical help, or a search and rescue operation; or to notify a member of park staff or a death, injury, missing person, or other incident.

Note: Emergency call devices are located at the information bay on the Arnhem Highway, Nourlangie Rock carpark, Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head), Ubirr, Jim Jim Falls carpark, Jim Jim Plunge Pool, Top of Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls carpark, Twin Falls Gorge boat landing, Top of Twin Falls, Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge), Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Gunlom (Waterfall Creek Falls), Motorcar Falls, Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) and Yurmikmik carpark.

  1. A person is taken to have been convicted of an offence if, within five years, the person has been charged with, and found guilty of, the offence but discharged without conviction or has not been found guilty of the offence, but a court has taken the offence into account in passing sentence on the person for another offence. Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 includes provisions that, in certain circumstances, relieve persons from the requirement to disclose spent convictions and require persons aware of such convictions to disregard them.
  2. Such an offence includes, for an offence under such a law, section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 or sections 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code (which deal with being an accessory after the fact, attempting to commit offences, inciting to or urging the commission of offences by other people and conspiring to commit offences) or an equivalent provision of a law of a State or Territory Application.

Interpretation

In these conditions, unless the contrary intention appears:

  • Access key means the key provided for the permittee’s use by park staff, so the permittee may access the permit area.
  • Act means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and any Regulations, management plans and instruments made under it, and includes any Act that amends or replaces it.
  • Agreement means the agreement at the end of these conditions.
  • Approved area(s) means the routes and campsites approved for the permitted activity.
  • Authorised participants means all persons, other than the permittee or the permittee’s staff, who take part in the permitted activity.
  • Director means the Director of National Parks, and includes any statutory successor to the Director and the Director’s delegates.
  • Emergency contact means the person nominated as the permittee’s emergency contact on the permit application form.
  • Management plan means the management plan in operation from time to time for the park under the Act.
  • Park means the named Commonwealth reserve(s) for which this permit is issued.
  • Park staff means persons employed by the Director and performing duties in relation to the park.
  • Permitted activity means the specified activity for which this permit is issued.
  • Permittee means each person (individual, company or other commercial entity) to whom this permit is issued and includes, where the context permits, the permittee’s staff.
  • Permittee’s staff means the permittee’s employees, contractors and other agents who take part in the permitted activity.
  • Ranger means a person appointed as a ranger under s392 of the Act.
  • Regulations mean the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 and include any Regulations that amend or replace them.
  • Warden means a person appointed as a warden under s392 of the Act.

In these conditions:

The singular includes the plural and vice versa.

Where a word or phrase is defined, other grammatical forms of that word or phrase have a corresponding meaning.

Where one of the words ‘include’, ‘including’ or ‘includes’ is used, the words ‘without limitation’ are taken to immediately follow.

Where the word ‘must’ imposes an obligation on a person to do or not do something, the obligation is taken to mean that the person must take all reasonable steps to do or not do the thing (i.e. steps that ought to be reasonable to a person who possesses the faculty of reason and engages in conduct in accordance with community standards).

A reference to the permittee includes, where the context permits the permittee’s staff involved in the permitted activity.

Note: The Director may vary or revoke these permit conditions, or impose new conditions, in accordance with r17.09 of the Regulations, and must do so where it is necessary to ensure that the matters or circumstances about which the Director is required to be satisfied when issuing the permit continue to apply.

General Permit Conditions (all activities)

  1. The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity before the commencement date or after the expiry date shown on the permit.
  2. The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity unless the permittee has signed and submitted the agreement with the park.
  3. This permit cannot be transferred to another person, except in accordance with regulation 17.11 of the Regulations.

Note: If the permittee sells the business to which the permit relates, the permittee may apply to transfer the permit to the purchaser, in accordance with r17.11 of the Regulations, or the purchaser may apply for a new permit.

  1. The permittee must comply with the EPBC Act, the EPBC Regulations, the management plan, these permit conditions, and any other signs, notices, information, guidelines, codes of conduct, protocols or directions issued by, or under the authority of, the Director relating to the park.
  2. The permittee must comply with all Commonwealth, State or Territory laws relating to the permitted activity.
  3. The permittee must hold all permits, licences and other authorities required by law for the conduct of the permitted activity.
  4. The permittee must maintain relevant training, qualifications and experience to competently conduct the permitted activity.
  5. The permittee must carry a copy of this permit and these conditions or keep a copy in the permittee’s transport (vehicle, vessel or aircraft) while conducting the permitted activity, and must produce it for inspection when requested by a ranger or warden. 
  6. The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that authorised participants do not, walk off track or use any road, track or area that is permanently, temporarily or seasonally closed or restricted by fences, gates or signs, unless specifically authorised by this or another permit.
  7. The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that authorised participants do not:
    1. behave contrary to the Regulations or any warning or regulatory signs; or
    2. pick fruits, flowers or branches, or otherwise damage any native plants; or
    3. interfere with, feed, handle or disturb any native animal, or damage or disturb a nest or dwelling place of a native animal; or
    4. touch or interfere with any rock art, sacred site or cultural artefact; or
    5. impede public access to any part of the park.

Note: This permit does not give the permittee any rights to the exclusive use, enjoyment or occupancy of any area of the park unless specifically authorised by this permit.

  1. The permittee must notify the Director, in writing, within 7 days if:
  2. the permittee sells any business to which the permit relates to another person or group, or for any other reason ceases to conduct the permitted activity; or
  3. the permittee is a company and there is a change in the owner(s) of the majority of issued shares in the company.
  4. If the permittee is a company or other incorporated body the permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, have as a director or office holder a person who has been convicted (1) of an offence (2) against the Act or the Regulations within the previous 10 years.
  5. The permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, use directly in the conduct of the activity to which this permit relates (eg driver or tour guide) the services of any person who has within the previous 10 years been convicted of an offence against the Act or the Regulations prior to the grant of the permit.

Note: The Director may keep a register of persons who have been convicted of such an offence or who have been the subject of a request by the Director for a permittee to cease using their services within the park.

  1. If any of the permittee’s staff contravene these permit conditions, the Director may:
    1. notify the permittee of the contravention; and
    2. direct the permittee to cease using the services of that person within the park for a specified time, and the permittee must forthwith comply with that request.

Note: In this situation and accordance with r14.16, the Director must give written notice to the member of the permittee’s staff of the decision, including a statement that the member of the permittee’s staff may apply to the Director to reconsider the decision and that, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, the member of the permittee’s staff may subsequently apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the reconsideration.

  1. The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s staff are fully informed of and understand these permit conditions before they commence taking part in the permitted activity.
  2. The permittee must ensure that the permittee's staff are appropriately trained and/or accredited for any activity they conduct in the park.
  3. The permittee must ensure that appropriate risk management systems, strategies and procedures are in place to minimise foreseeable risks to the permittee’s staff, authorised participants, other members of the public and the environment and heritage values of the park, and must produce evidence of such systems, strategies and procedures as requested by the Director.

Note: Suitable templates for risk management systems are available from Parks Australia. They represent the minimum acceptable standard for a risk management system. Permittees are encouraged to develop more detailed risk management systems.

  1. The permittee is responsible for the safety, well being and behaviour of all permittee’s staff and authorised participants, and must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no person is exposed to risks to their health or safety whilst in the park.
  2. If the permittee, permittee’s staff or any authorised participants is killed, injured, becomes ill, goes missing, or is involved in a dangerous incident while in the park, a member of park staff must be notified as soon as possible and the permittee and the authorised participant must comply with any requests or directions from a member of park staff in relation to the safety of that person or any other person.

Note: In this condition “dangerous incident” means an incident that exposes a person to a serious risk to their health or safety.

  1. The permittee must ensure that its supervision of authorised participants is reasonable in the circumstances of the authorised participants’ differing levels of fitness, experience and abilities.
  2. The permittee must carry, and must ensure that each authorised participant carries, sufficient potable water for the conduct of the permitted activity.

Note: The Director recommends that, in hot weather, people carry and drink one litre of water for every hour they will be active.

  1. The permittee will make good any damage to the park, to the extent that the damage was caused or contributed to by the conduct of the permitted activity or a breach of the permit conditions by the permittee.

Access to Jarrangbarnmi Conditions

  1. Access to the permit area authorised by this permit is subject to weather, climatic conditions and directions from the Park Manager.

Note: In accordance with r12.23, the Director may restrict or prohibit access to the park or parts of the park at any time due to flooding, road conditions, feral animal control measures, weed control measures, fire management, environmental management, cultural considerations or other management considerations.

  1. The permittee must not use a vehicle in excess of 6000kg (tare) on the Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) access track.
  2. The permittee must not use generators in the permit area
  3. The permittee must only light fires in fireplaces, must not leave fires unattended and must ensure fires are completely extinguished before leaving the site.
  4. The permittee must ensure that all waste and litter are removed and disposed of in appropriate litter receptacles; and that their campsites are left in a clean and tidy state.
  5. Access key(s) are issued for the sole use of the permittee. The permittee will not allow persons whose names do not appear of this permit to enter the permit area using the permittee’s access key(s).
  6. The permittee must not sell, hire, lend or otherwise transfer the access key(s) to any person whose name does not appear on this permit. The permittee will not copy the access key(s) nor allow the access key(s) to be copied.
  7. The permittee must lock the access gate after the permittee has passed through, and will make sure the access gate remains locked.
  8. The permittee must return all access keys to the drop box marked ‘return slot’ at the information centre of the Mary River Ranger station within 48 hours of this permit expiring.
  9. If the permittee fails to return their access key(s) within 48 hours of this permit expiring, the permittee will pay $50 for each access key not returned.
  10. The permittee understands that this grant of key access does not convey a right of unlimited access to all areas of Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge), and that their attention has been drawn to the restricted area mentioned below.

Note: A certain part of the area known as Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) contains a site of sacred significance to the Aboriginal custodians, the Jawoyn. In recognition of the important spiritual nature of the area, it has been made available by the Director of National Parks, for use by Jawoyn custodians under regulation 12.08 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations, thereby restricting entry to the area by other persons. Entry is also prohibited by section 69 of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. Severe penalties may be imposed on a person convicted for breach of these conditions.

  1. The permittee must not use facilities at the Jarrangbarnmi camping area unless the applicable camping fees have been paid prior to use.

Kakadu National Park Conditions

  1. The permittee must keep the park’s Permits Officer updated within a reasonable time of any changes to the people or vehicle taking part in the permitted activity as well as emergency contact details.
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  3. The permittee must only use the emergency call devices (ECDs or radio alarms) that are located in the park to request medical help, or a search and rescue operation; or to notify a member of park staff or a death, injury, missing person, or other incident.

Note: Emergency call devices are located at the information bay on the Arnhem Highway, Nourlangie Rock carpark, Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head), Ubirr, Jim Jim Falls carpark, Jim Jim Plunge Pool, Top of Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls carpark, Twin Falls Gorge boat landing, Top of Twin Falls, Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge), Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Gunlom (Waterfall Creek Falls), Motorcar Falls, Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) and Yurmikmik carpark.

  1. FURTHER CONDITIONS MAY BE ADDED.

    (1) A person is taken to have been convicted of an offence if, within five years, the person has been charged with, and found guilty of, the offence but discharged without conviction or has not been found guilty of the offence, but a court has taken the offence into account in passing sentence on the person for another offence. Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 includes provisions that, in certain circumstances, relieve persons from the requirement to disclose spent convictions and require persons aware of such convictions to disregard them.

    (2) Such an offence includes, for an offence under such a law, section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 or sections 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code (which deal with being an accessory after the fact, attempting to commit offences, inciting to or urging the commission of offences by other people and conspiring to commit offences) or an equivalent provision of a law of a State or Territory Application.

Interpretation

In these conditions, unless the contrary intention appears:

  • Act means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and any Regulations, management plans and instruments made under it, and includes any Act that amends or replaces it.
  • Agreement means the agreement at the end of these conditions.
  • Approved area(s) means the routes and campsites approved for the permitted activity.
  • Authorised participants means all persons, other than the permittee or the permittee’s staff, who take part in the permitted activity.
  • Director means the Director of National Parks, and includes any statutory successor to the Director and the Director’s delegates.
  • Emergency contact means the person nominated as the permittee’s emergency contact on the permit application form.
  • Management plan means the management plan in operation from time to time for the park under the Act.
  • Park means the named Commonwealth reserve(s) for which this permit is issued.
  • Park staff means persons employed by the Director and performing duties in relation to the park.
  • Permitted activity means the specified activity for which this permit is issued.
  • Permittee means each person (individual, company or other commercial entity) to whom this permit is issued and includes, where the context permits, the permittee’s staff.
  • Permittee’s staff means the permittee’s employees, contractors and other agents who take part in the permitted activity.
  • Ranger means a person appointed as a ranger under s392 of the Act.
  • Regulations means the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 and includes any Regulations that amend or replace them.
  • Warden means a person appointed as a warden under s392 of the Act.

In these conditions:

The singular includes the plural and vice versa.

Where a word or phrase is defined, other grammatical forms of that word or phrase have a corresponding meaning.

Where one of the words ‘include’, ‘including’ or ‘includes’ is used, the words ‘without limitation’ are taken to immediately follow.

Where the word ‘must’ imposes an obligation on a person to do or not do something, the obligation is taken to mean that the person must take all reasonable steps to do or not do the thing (i.e. steps that ought to be reasonable to a person who possesses the faculty of reason and engages in conduct in accordance with community standards).

A reference to the permittee includes, where the context permits the permittee’s staff involved in the permitted activity.

Note: The Director may vary or revoke these permit conditions, or impose new conditions, in accordance with r17.09 of the Regulations, and must do so where it is necessary to ensure that the matters or circumstances about which the Director is required to be satisfied when issuing the permit continue to apply.

General Permit Conditions (all activities)

  1. The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity before the commencement date or after the expiry date shown on the permit.
  2. The permittee must not conduct the permitted activity unless the permittee has signed and submitted the agreement with the park.
  3. This permit cannot be transferred to another person, except in accordance with regulation 17.11 of the Regulations.

Note: If the permittee sells the business to which the permit relates, the permittee may apply to transfer the permit to the purchaser, in accordance with r17.11 of the Regulations, or the purchaser may apply for a new permit.

  1. The permittee must comply with the EPBC Act, the EPBC Regulations, the management plan, these permit conditions, and any other signs, notices, information, guidelines, codes of conduct, protocols or directions issued by, or under the authority of, the Director relating to the park.
  2. The permittee must comply with all Commonwealth, State or Territory laws relating to the permitted activity.
  3. The permittee must hold all permits, licences and other authorities required by law for the conduct of the permitted activity.
  4. The permittee must maintain relevant training, qualifications and experience to competently conduct the permitted activity.
  5. The permittee must carry a copy of this permit and these conditions or keep a copy in the permittee’s transport (vehicle, vessel or aircraft) while conducting the permitted activity, and must produce it for inspection when requested by a ranger or warden.
  6. The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that authorised participants do not, walk off track or use any road, track or area that is permanently, temporarily or seasonally closed or restricted by fences, gates or signs, unless specifically authorised by this or another permit.
  7. The permittee must not, and must take all reasonable steps to ensure that authorised participants do not:
    1. behave contrary to the Regulations or any warning or regulatory signs; or
    2. pick fruits, flowers or branches, or otherwise damage any native plants; or
    3. interfere with, feed, handle or disturb any native animal, or damage or disturb a nest or dwelling place of a native animal; or
    4. touch or interfere with any rock art, sacred site or cultural artefact; or
    5. impede public access to any part of the park.

Note: This permit does not give the permittee any rights to the exclusive use, enjoyment or occupancy of any area of the park unless specifically authorised by this permit.

  1. The permittee must notify the Director, in writing, within 7 days if:
    1. the permittee sells any business to which the permit relates to another person or group, or for any other reason ceases to conduct the permitted activity; or
    2. the permittee is a company and there is a change in the owner(s) of the majority of issued shares in the company.
  2. If the permittee is a company or other incorporated body the permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, have as a director or office holder a person who has been convicted (1) of an offence (2) against the Act or the Regulations within the previous 10 years.
  3. The permittee must not, without the approval of the Director, use directly in the conduct of the activity to which this permit relates (eg driver or tour guide) the services of any person who has within the previous 10 years been convicted of an offence against the Act or the Regulations prior to the grant of the permit.

Note: The Director may keep a register of persons who have been convicted of such an offence or who have been the subject of a request by the Director for a permittee to cease using their services within the park.

  1. If any of the permittee’s staff contravene these permit conditions, the Director may:
    1. notify the permittee of the contravention; and
    2. direct the permittee to cease using the services of that person within the park for a specified time, and the permittee must forthwith comply with that request.

Note: In this situation and accordance with r14.16 of the Regulations, the Director must give written notice to the member of the permittee’s staff of the decision, including a statement that the member of the permittee’s staff may apply to the Director to reconsider the decision and that, subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, the member of the permittee’s staff may subsequently apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the reconsideration.

  1. The permittee must ensure that the permittee’s staff are fully informed of and understand these permit conditions before they commence taking part in the permitted activity.
  2. The permittee must ensure that the permittee's staff are appropriately trained and/or accredited for any activity they conduct in the park.
  3. The permittee must ensure that appropriate risk management systems, strategies and procedures are in place to minimise foreseeable risks to the permittee’s staff, authorised participants, other members of the public and the environment and heritage values of the park, and must produce evidence of such systems, strategies and procedures as requested by the Director.

Note: Suitable templates for risk management systems are available from Parks Australia. They represent the minimum acceptable standard for a risk management system. Permittees are encouraged to develop more detailed risk management systems.

  1. The permittee is responsible for the safety, well being and behaviour of the permittee’s staff and authorised participants, and must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no person is exposed to risks to their health or safety whilst in the park.
  2. If the permittee or any of the permittee’s staff or authorised participants is killed, injured, becomes ill, goes missing, or is involved in a dangerous incident while in the park, a member of park staff must be notified as soon as possible and the permittee and the authorised participant must comply with any requests or directions from a member of park staff in relation to the safety of that person or any other person.

Note: In this condition “dangerous incident” means an incident that exposes a person to a serious risk to their health or safety.

  1. The permittee must ensure that its supervision of authorised participants is reasonable in the circumstances of the authorised participants’ differing levels of fitness, experience and abilities.
  2. The permittee must carry, and must ensure that each authorised participant carries, sufficient potable water for the conduct of the permitted activity.

Note: The Director recommends that, in hot weather, people carry and drink one litre of water for every hour they will be active.

  1. The permittee will make good any damage to the park, to the extent that the damage was caused or contributed to by the conduct of the permitted activity or a breach of the permit conditions by the permittee.

Bushwalking Conditions

  1. Access to the permit area authorised by this permit is subject to weather, climatic conditions and directions from the Park Manager.

Note: In accordance with r12.23, the Director may restrict or prohibit access to the park or parts of the park at any time due to flooding, road conditions, feral animal control measures, weed control measures, fire management, environmental management, cultural considerations or other management considerations.

  1. The permittee must carry out the permitted activity only on the approved area(s).
  2. The permittee must ensure that all waste and litter are removed and disposed of in appropriate litter receptacles; and that their campsites are left in a clean and tidy state.
  3. The permittee must not camp or light fires in rock shelters or caves. The permittee must not leave any campfire unattended and must ensure all fires are completely extinguished before leaving a campsite.
  4. The permittee must not use facilities at Merl, Muirella Park, Mardugal, Garnamarr or Gunlom camping areas unless the applicable camping fees or shower fees have been paid prior to use.
  5. The permittee must park in the designated bushwalking car park when walks originate or terminate from the Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin) campground.
  6. The permittee must not make a record of, or disclose to any other person, or allow or cause the recording or disclosure of, the location of any art sites viewed in the course of the permitted activity.
  7. The permittee must not reproduce, and must not allow or cause to be reproduced, any images of art sites captured during the permitted activity (including images captured by photography or filming) other than for the permittee’s personal use.
  8. The permittee must not publish, allow or cause to be published, (including on the internet) any images of art sites captured during the permitted activity.
  9. The permittee must ensure that a compass and a 1:100 000 or 1:50 000 topographic map of the approved area(s) are carried by at least one group member at all times while carrying out the permitted activity.
  10. The permittee must carry either a PLB, satellite phone or EPIRB when carrying out the permitted activity. Where the equipment is changed or replaced, the permittee must provide the details of the new equipment to the Permits Officer as soon as possible.

Note: PLB means Personal Location Beacon, and EPIRB means Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

  1. The permittee must carry a first aid kit appropriate for tropical conditions at all times while carrying out the permitted activity.
  2. The permittee must ensure that the emergency contact knows the details of the permitted activity planned to be undertaken, including where the permittee will be walking and the expected return date. The emergency contact must notify the park on 08 8938 1100 or 08 8938 1120 in the case of an emergency, or if the permittee fails to return within 24 hours of the planned date and time.
  3. If the Director requires the permittee to use a GPS unit, then the permittee must use and carry that GPS unit at all times while carrying out the permitted activity.

Kakadu National Park Conditions

  1. The permittee must keep the park’s Permits Officer updated within a reasonable time of any changes to the people or vehicle taking part in the permitted activity as well as emergency contact details.
  2. The permittee must only use the emergency call devices (ECDs or radio alarms) that are located in the park to request medical help, or a search and rescue operation; or to notify a member of park staff or a death, injury, missing person, or other incident.

Note: Emergency call devices are located at the information bay on the Arnhem Highway, Nourlangie Rock carpark, Waldak Irrmbal (West Alligator Head), Ubirr, Jim Jim Falls carpark, Jim Jim Plunge Pool, Top of Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls carpark, Twin Falls Gorge boat landing, Top of Twin Falls, Bilkbilkmi (Graveside Gorge), Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Gunlom (Waterfall Creek Falls), Motorcar Falls, Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) and Yurmikmik carpark.

  1. FURTHER CONDITIONS MAY BE ADDED.

    (1) A person is taken to have been convicted of an offence if, within five years, the person has been charged with, and found guilty of, the offence but discharged without conviction or has not been found guilty of the offence, but a court has taken the offence into account in passing sentence on the person for another offence. Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 includes provisions that, in certain circumstances, relieve persons from the requirement to disclose spent convictions and require persons aware of such convictions to disregard them.

    (2) Such an offence includes, for an offence under such a law, section 6 of the Crimes Act 1914 or sections 11.1, 11.4 or 11.5 of the Criminal Code (which deal with being an accessory after the fact, attempting to commit offences, inciting to or urging the commission of offences by other people and conspiring to commit offences) or an equivalent provision of a law of a State or Territory Application.

  • It can take more than 14 days for your application to be assessed and permit approved.

The application form cannot be saved once started. You should gather all required information before you start. Use the checklist to make sure you have all required details before you start your application.

General details

  • Name, address and contact details for all proposed permit holders
  • Emergency contact details
  • Group participants full name and details of any medical or relevant physical conditions
  • Activity start and end dates
  • Vehicle details for all participants

Company details

  • Details of directors, partners or committee members of the proposed permit
  • ABN
  • CAN

Camping details

  • Intended campsites

Bushwalking details

  • Proposed walking route start and finish
  • 6 figure grid reference and the dates you intend to be at each campsite location
  • Your walking route drawn on the relevant map/s. This can be done by hand and scanned or drawn using a digital tool.

Download the relevant map/s

Kakadu map (A4) (PDF 6.12 MB)
South Kakadu map (A4) (PDF 6.24 MB)
West Kakadu map (A4) (PDF 6.68 MB)

Use the online camping and bushwalking form to apply for a permit.

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an application lodgement number. Provide this number to us if you need to contact us about your application.

Online camping and bushwalking application

Contact us

For information about permits in Kakadu National Park or your application please email kakadu.permits@dcceew.gov.au