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How to Explore Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory

I just recently checked out a somewhat unfavorable view of Kakadu National Park and my heart sunk.

The author had actually gone to on a group trip and raced in for a night after going to LitchfieldNational Park(in the exact same day!!) Two impressive national forests separated by an excellent three-hour drive.

I absolutely comprehended why she wasn’t too fussed on the journey.

Kakadu is not suggested for one-night whiz throughs.

It is an exceptionally spiritual location that provides experience, cultural experiences, spectacular landscapes, distinct plants and animals and a little bit of star-gazing.

I was unfortunate that individuals may check out that evaluation and believe Kakadu is absolutely nothing however a location that is hot with great deals of mosquitos and a wonderful sundown that you can’t completely value due to the fact that you’re on the terrific TopEnd race to see it all in 3 days.

If you do not have the ways and time to experience Kakadu correctly then I recommend holding back till you can otherwise you’re simply losing your money and time.

KakaduNational Park is not far from Darwin, so you can quickly fly in and employ a vehicle. Skip the trip, get a lot of pals, and divided the expenses. Once you remain in Kakadu, besides your outdoor camping and entryway costs your expenses are very little as it’s simply nature you’re checking out.

Kakadu is more than 19,000 square kilometres, to put it simply practically half the size ofSwitzerland You can’t be familiar with it if you race in for a night. There is a great deal of ground to cover therefore much to see.

Savour the Kakadu Experience

After circumnavigating Australia the past 18 months, Kakadu remains in my leading 5 highlights.

It’s among the couple of World Heritage websites to be noted for both its cultural and natural functions. Kakadu is renowned for its abundant Aboriginal history and biodiversity.

Where else can you come and see imposing red rugged cliffs, remarkable canyons, floodplains, art galleries countless years of ages, pockets of jungles, billabongs dotted with lotus flowers and prowling crocs, waterfalls cascading into plunge swimming pools, over one-third of Australian bird types, and countless plant types such as pandanus and cycads?

Kakadu National Park, Australia

We remained at completion of the dry season, when it wasn’t at its complete green and damp magnificence, however still gorgeous with much to take pleasure in. It’s on my container list to see it after a huge damp!

We likewise mean to return next time with a 4WD, as a few of the most amazing locations we might not get access to.

We camped for 5 nights at Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park in Jabiru, the primary town.

In hindsight, we would have divided this in between Cooinda and Jabiru as both offer you access to various parts of the park and will conserve driving fars away to get to the numerous websites to check out.

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Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

As we had actually gotten here from KatherineGorge, and Cooinda in the Southern part of the park would have been an excellent very first base for us.

Cooinda has a lodge and camping for lodging and provides day-to-day activities which might consist of bush-tucker talks, stargazing, bush strolls, bird seeing trips, slide programs and bingo nights.

Camping begins at $46 for a powered website and spaces begin at $74

FromCooinda we advise the following Kakadu experiences:

  • SunriseYellow Water Cruise
  • GunlomFalls
  • MagukGorge

Depending on your time, you might do this in one day, although it will be stressful. (We tried this driving in fromJabiru You’ll see why it didn’t work listed below).

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YellowWater Billabong Cruise

A journey through Kakadu’s wetlands

The mist drifts above the water as the sun carefully increases casting a soft yellow and pink radiance over the billabong.

Slowly it wakens, flocks of egrets overlook, and magpie geese enter into land, sea eagles perch above trying to find their early morning feed, while all eyes in the boat actively look for the ancient example of best development.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Our guide points ahead to a one-metre tail swaying backward and forward hardly making a ripple in the water. This is what the majority of us have actually been waiting to see in the Kakadu wetlands— a croc stealthily searching for his breakfast.

We make certain to keep our hands and heads inside the boat understanding that they have actually made it through for countless years due to the fact that they are master predators.

We see this later on when our boat moves past the pink lotus flowers and we’re surprised by an abrupt breeze. We turn and only simply see the starving beast slide back into the water with its barramundi breakfast.

Crocodile in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

TheYellow Water Cruise was among our preferred experiences inKakadu We extremely advise going to on dawn when the air is still and the weather condition enjoyable.

The billabong is plentiful with wildlife and dawn is when you see it get up. I was shocked by just how much I took pleasure in seeing and discovering all the bird life.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Australia

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

I would like to do the Paul Arnold sundown photography trip– the best location to discover how to enhance your nature photography.

Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise is included and run by GagudjiDreaming, which is based at the CooindaLodge They likewise use a variety of other trips such as fishing on Yellow Water and cruises under the stars. You can likewise camp here or remain at the lodge.

YellowWater Billabong Cruise: $99 grownups, $70 kids (5-15)

MaryRiver Region


Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National park, Australia

Gunlom was among my preferred locations in Kakadu.

The roadway in was a little rough in locations, however we handled it in our FordTerritory We drove through turf fires to arrive so were a little anxious as the location was closed just days in the past due to the fact that of fires. When we got here the ranger sort of shook his head at the city folk cautioning him that there were fires around.

“It’s only grass fires. Nothin to worry about!”

There’s a high approach Gunlom Falls from the parking area, however the kids handled it fine. It’s well worth increasing there, even if you need to bring your kids.

The sweeping views out to the valley are simply amazing, which can be valued directly from nature’s finest infinity swimming pool.

Gunlom Falls - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

The waterhole is surrounded by dubious gums and best for a revitalizing swim and an area of lunch.

I simply seemed like I was an angel standing at the edge of the world from up here. It was such a peaceful and wonderful location. It’s without a doubt my preferred waterhole in Australia and perhaps my preferred view.

Gunlom Falls - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Gunlom Falls - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park, Australia

Gunlom Falls - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

The kids had a ball swimming here with their pals Jack andScarlett I can still hear their screeches of delight now!

There is a plunge swimming pool at the base of the falls, however that was closed with a croc indication, so I ‘d simply stay with taking the walk up the top for your swim!


We did our absolute best to get to this waterhole late in the afternoon after our big day doing the wetlands cruise andGunlom Our buddy Laurence from Finding the Universe who drove 60,000 kilometres around Australia stated Maguk was his preferred swimming hole in the nation.

Maguk Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Australia
image credit: Tourism NT
Maguk Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Australia
image credit: Tourism NT

Unfortunately, for us we got bogged midway in on the 150- metre soft sand area. Our automobile does not have high clearance.

By the time we dug ourselves out, appearing like a bad science experiment failed, it was far too late to attempt once again utilizing the difficult bush roadway next to the sandy bit. Yeah, we had no concept this existed till a regional in his batter commodore came driving by and asked why we did not simply utilize that roadway rather!

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Jabiru is the primary town within Kakadu NationalPark You’ll discover services such as a grocery store, post workplace, and bank.

This is an excellent location to camp to check out Ubirr and Nourlangie The Kakadu lodge and campground here typically has night ranger talks and an excellent dining establishment and swimming pool.

Kakadu lodge and campground
Kakadu lodge and campground

For those not thinking about outdoor camping, and long for a bit more convenience, there is the Gagudju Crocodile Hotel, which has actually been distinctively formed to show a specific estuarine animal.

FromJabiru we advise the following Kakadu experiences:

  • Ubirr aboriginal rock gallery and sundown
  • Nourlangie sundown and aboriginal rock art

BowaliVisitor Centre

If you remain at Jabiru camping area, I advise riding along the 4-kilometre return nature path to Bowali Visitor Centre.

The visitor centre is perfectly developed and hosts comprehensive display screens and details aboutKakadu It’s an excellent very first stop to assist you prepare your remain in Kakadu.

Kalyra and I took pleasure in an afternoon bike out here winding through the forests. It begins opposite the Gagudju Crocodile Hotel.

EastAlligator River Area

TheEast Alligator river location takes you to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land.

Take a long time to stand at Cahill’s Crossing and enjoy the automobiles cross the Alligator River with crocs swimming up and down close by. There were numerous individuals standing near the edge of the river fishing. No thanks!

If you drive throughout, you need to time the tides right to make clear this river.

TheBorder Store

Check your Kakadu occasion guide as in some cases there are talks and art sessions on at the border shop.

We sat with 2 Aboriginal males one afternoon as they painted their artwork. It was an excellent experience for the kids to see and we liked speaking with the males to become aware of their stories and customs.

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Aboriginal Art - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Aboriginal Artist - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

UbirrRock Art and Nadarb Sunset

Guided talks on Aboriginal rock art and culture typically run of an afternoon through the Ubirr rock art gallery. An Aboriginal ranger will inform you a number of the stories behind the paintings on the wall of the 1km circular walk.

These trips can be rather popular and we discovered it hard to hear the softly spoken guide. It was likewise an obstacle needing to handle the kids at the exact same time. They did like seeing the rock art though!

Ubirr Aboriginal Rock Art - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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Ubirr Aboriginal Rock Art - Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

The rock art is remarkable and worth hanging out seeing. Go in the afternoon and after that head directly the top of the rock for among the most gorgeous sundowns you might want to see over the Nadarb floodplains and Arnhem Land.

Sit for a while with your kids. Your hairs will stand on end as you notice the terrific spiritual essence that exists here and has actually untouched for countless years.

Sunset in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Ubirr Lookout, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia


Head to the Nourlangie area in the afternoon: Visit the Rock art, walk the Billabong and after that take pleasure in the sundown.

NourlangieRock Art Tours

There was no one else in this amazing rock art gallery when we checked out. The art websites and Aboriginal shelter can be checked out along a 1.5 km loop walk. It likewise takes you to Gunwarrddehwardde Lookout with amazing views of the cliff.

We liked the painting and story of Nabulwinjbilwinj, a hazardous spirit who likes to bang women on the head with a yam and after that consume them.

Nourlangie Aboriginal Rock Art - Kakadu National park, Australia

Nourlangie Aboriginal Rock Art - Kakadu National park, Australia

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Sunset at Nawurlandja Lookout

Another remarkable sundown, without the crowds, is atNawurlandja It’s a brief 600- metre climb and offers views over Nourlangie, the cliffs of Arnhem Land, and the Anbangbang Billabong, which is popular to walk.

The sundown is not as striking as Nadarb, as you are averting from the setting sun, however simply as peaceful and gorgeous. The kids had a ball playing conceal and look for here with Jack and Scarlett.

Sunset at Kakadu National park, Australia

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On the escape of Kakadu, heading towards Darwin the MamukalaWetlands is suggested to be an excellent brief 3km walk to check out the wetlands.

We lacked time to do this, however it came extremely advised. It’s stated to be amazing throughout the dry season with an increase of migratory birds.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

For the 4WD Adventurers in Kakadu

We obviously did not get to experience these locations, however they are high up on our Kakadu container list and have actually heard they are incredible.

JimJim Falls

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park, Australia
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JimJim(*********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )is stated to be among the most amazing waterfalls in Kakadu.

It has a deep plunge swimming pool and is surrounded by 150 metre high cliffs. Check with the visitor centre as the falls will most likely have actually dried up by the end of the dry season. During the damp, the roadway ends up being blockaded so you’ll need to see it by means of picturesque flight.

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park, Australia
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10 km even more on from Jim Jim Falls is Twin Falls, accessed through a deep creek crossing (croc beware). You can stroll (6km) as much as the plateau above Twin Falls, and take pleasure in some gorgeous views.

You can bush camp out in this location.


A number of readers leapt out raving about KoolpinGorge Access is seasonal and needs a license and a high clearance 4WD. It’s genuine wilderness outdoor camping and hiking, however if you’re up for it, you’ll practically have the waterfalls and swimming holes to yourself!

Koolpin Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Australia
image credit: MrDays
Koolpin Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Australia
image credit: MrDays

OtherTips for Kakadu

IMPORTANT: It’s vital you talk to the rangers and focus on ALL check inKakadu Crocs can be discovered in all rivers and many waterholes. Don’ t threat it.

  • Take mosquito repellent. It was just one night we discovered they were especially vicious.
  • If you have kids, inspect our suggestions for treking with kids.
  • Rest throughout the heat of the day and walk/explore throughout early morning and night.
  • Pack lots of treats, water and food.

Getting to Kakadu

We got here from Katherine therefore went into the park from the Southern area at PineCreek(150 km from Katherine)

If originating from Darwin, you’ll go into the northern area of the park from the ArnhemHwy(240 km from Darwin)

Unleaded and diesel fuel are offered at: Kakadu Resort (at South Alligator), Jabiru, Cooinda and Goymarr Tourist Park.

Entry cost into the park is $25 for a 14 day pass.

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