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Kakadu National Park, located in the Northern Territory in Australia is a scenic place where wildlife thrives. It lies in its natural state with minimal changes made by man. Here, you can be one with nature and it is a brilliant experience for all. Waking up to the lull of gentle streams and sunshine, and sleeping to the sounds of nature is normal here. Away from city life, away from everyday commitments is a land, where wildlife plays in its own playground, also known as Kakadu National Park.

You can view the spectacular Jim Jim Falls, browse through galleries of ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock or explore Yellow Water and Mamukala, wetland areas of international significance. Over 1000 plant species, a quarter of all Australian freshwater fish species, and over one third of all Australian bird species can be found in this park.

Must Do:

• Cruise Yellow Water wetlands and spot birds and crocodiles
• Take to the air in a light aircraft or helicopter during the tropical summer (November – April) for a breathtaking view of Kakadu’s magnificent Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls
• Head to Gunlom at the southern end of the park and take the hike to the top of the waterfall, where it feels like you’re standing on the edge of the world
• Take a cultural cruise on the East Alligator River bird watch at Mamukala or take a stroll along the Mardugal Billabong Walk

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When to Visit Kakadu (Seasons)

Kakadu’s landscapes have been shaped by water with the Mary, Wildman, West Alligator, South Alligator and East Alligator Rivers that are teeming with wildlife. During the tropical summer from November to April, waterfalls along the Arnhem Land escarpment are at their most spectacular, the lowlands are flooded, and the vegetation is lush.

Late in the dry season, large flocks of magpie geese, whistling ducks, spoonbills, egrets and jabirus congregate around the remaining waterholes.

Culture at Kakadu

A number of Aboriginal clans reside in Kakadu National Park and the exquisite rock art galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock bear witness to their strong and ongoing connection with the land, having lasted for many thousands of years.

Kakadu Tours

Other spectacular landmarks include Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk, Jarrangbarnmi Koolpin Gorge (high clearance 4X4 only - permit required - please click here) and Gunlom. There are many established walking tracks, some accessible year round. Yellow Water boat cruises depart several times a day from Cooinda, year round.

The Nature’s Way tourism drive is a great way to explore the park. The drive runs along the Arnhem Highway to Jabiru, follows the Kakadu Highway to Pine Creek, and continues south to Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park.

A visit to Kakadu should include a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru, a small town within the national park, situated approximately 250 kilometres east of Darwin. The township offers a range of accommodation, including tent, caravan and camping, cabin and hotel accommodation. Resort style accommodation and camping is also available at South Alligator, on the Arnhem Highway, and Cooinda near Yellow Water.

A number of safari camp-style operations provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with indigenous guides in an authentic on-country experience. Plus, Kakadu’s Crocodile Hotel, a crocodile-shaped complex, is one of a kind.