The spectacular Jim Jim Falls and nearby Karnamarr Campground in Kakadu National Park are set to reopen this weekend as waters continue to recede after the wet season.
“We’re really excited about opening Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu to visitors as the site once again becomes accessible,” Kakadu National Park Manager – Operations, Shaun Barclay said.
“Jim Jim Falls is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kakadu and its reopening each dry season is always eagerly anticipated by park visitors.
“The Karnamarr Campground will open at 4pm today, ahead of Jim Jim Falls being opened to visitors at 8am on Saturday 19 June, so people can set up camp for the weekend on Friday and experience the incredible Jim Jim Falls from early Saturday morning.”
Karnamarr Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis and the on-site campground manager collects camping fees.
Jim Jim Gorge viewing pool and gorge walk features a 2 km return walk through monsoon forest and over boulders to a deep natural pool surrounded by the spectacular escarpment walls.
For the more adventurous, the Barrk Marlam walk is a 6 km return rugged ascent to the top of the escarpment above Jim Jim Falls.
Jim Jim Creek day use area and Budjmi Lookout remain closed until further notice.
“We’re seeing a huge influx of visitors to Kakadu National Park as tourists make their way north to enjoy the dry season weather,” Shaun Barclay said.
“So far this year we’ve seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of people visiting Kakadu when compared to the pre-COVID levels of 2019.”
Other highlights for visitors heading to Kakadu right now include Maguk and the Burrungkuy regions which offer bushwalking opportunities, rock art sites and lookouts.
The 3 km loop walk at Mamukala and the bird hide have recently reopened and the Old Jim Jim Road (unsealed road between Arnhem Hwy east of Bark Hut Inn and Kakadu Hwy south of Cooinda) is now open to high-clearance 4WD.
Visitors to Kakadu are reminded to be Crocwise and follow all safety advice and for more information visit https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/plan/safety/.
Popular sites currently open
- Anbangbang Billabong Walk
- Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock) art site
- Nanguluwurr art site
- Kubara Pools walk (Gubara Pools Walk)
- Barrk bushwalk
- Nawurlandja lookout
- Mirray (Mirrai) lookout
- Mamukala wetlands – bird hide and loop walk
- 2 Mile Hole Campground - bush campground
- Red Lilly Billabong (Djunda) - bush campground
- Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa) - bush campground
- Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju) - bush campground
- Kungarre walk
- Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
- Malabanjbanjdju and Burdulba campgrounds
- Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground
- Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground
- Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
- Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat cruise
- Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two
- Yurmikmik walks
- Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) by permit
- Upstream and downstream boat ramps on the East Alligator River
- Gungurul Campground, Lookout and River Walk
- Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area
- Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes
For daily updates about access around Kakadu National Park, visit https://parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/access/
For information about Old Jim Jim Road access visit the NT Government Road Report https://roadreport.nt.gov.au/road-map