Parks Australia News
Recent releases for Parks Australia are listed below - for more news from each area follow the links on the right. For high res images - see our media centre
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 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 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.
We will keep you updated and let you know when the area is open again.
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 areas is open again.
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.
Jim Jim Falls opens tomorrow
30 May 2013
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!
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) opens lunch time today
22 May 2013
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.
Summercloud Bay temporary closure
15 May 2013
The Wreck Bay Community has closed access to the Summercloud Bay carpark, day use picnic area and walking trails until further notice.
These areas at Summercloud Bay are not in Booderee National Park, but on land owned and managed by the Wreck Bay Community.
We encourage visitors to make use of the many other wonderful spots within the national park and to use other roads and trails to access Booderee's beaches.
If you have further inquiries please contact the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gunlom - opens tomorrow!
10 May 2013
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.