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Kakadu National Park

This protected expanse of grassy plains, maroon-coloured cliffs and monsoon rivers offers some of the best hiking, boating, and camping opportunities in Australia.

Experience one of Australia's best natural reserves at Kakadu National Park. Hike through sheer red-rock gorges, camp amid local wildlife or watch powerful storms roll across the sky during the wet season. 

Before beginning your trip, stop by the Bowali Visitor Centre. Plan your adventure with the center’s maps while you sip a cool drink.

The South Alligator and Jabiru regions offer enchanting Australian scenery. Enjoy views of billabongs and woodlands along the Gungarre trail, a 2.2-mile (3.6-kilometer) walking circuit that takes around 2 hours. You can try bird watching with a guide around the Mamukala Wetlands or the Manngarre Rainforest.

Take a daytrip to Jim Jim Gorge in the early dry season and photograph its dramatic waterfall. Nearby, the Twin Falls and Barrk Malam trails offer sweeping views of the red-earth countryside.

Hike to Nourlangie or Naguluwurr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art. Learn about the meanings of these inscriptions and traditional Aboriginal hunting techniques at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. Stay in overnight campsites nearby with toilet facilities and drinking water sources.

In the wet season, abundant rains fill Kakadu's gorges to capacity. Though many walking trails become inaccessible, the rains open Aurora Kakadu South Alligator as a delightful swimming location. Walk around the Gubara Pools and spot fish darting between the reeds.

Board the Guluyambi River or Yellow Water cruises and spot wildlife among the floodplains. Take a plane tour of the Kakadu Region and capture birds-eye views of waterfalls in full flow.

As afternoon falls, hike to the Bukbukluk Lookout and watch storm clouds rolling overhead. Camping sites during the wet season are limited, but available.

The drive to Kakadu from Darwin takes around a day. Entry to Kakadu National Park requires a reasonably priced pass.

Food, four-wheel drive rentals and tourism operators can be found at the town of Jabiru, on the Arnhem Highway. Dry season lasts from May to October, while the wet season hits its peak in December.

Popular Activities at Kakadu National Park

There are so many cool ways to get a feel for Kakadu National Park. Here is a list of some of the best ones:

For more activities, take a look at our Cooinda things to do page.


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Cooinda Lodge Kakadu ¥8,025
Reviewed on Nov 9, 2019
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Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Kakadu Highway,Jim Jim, Kakadu, NT
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    A great place to stay. Staff members catered to our needs.

    Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel ¥7,418
    Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019
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    Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

    Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

    1 Flinders Street, Locked Mail Bag 4, Jabiru, NT
       
      3.9 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Comfortable room with good access to pool, car and restaurant. Nice meal...large portions! Whilst staying at the hotel I became unwell (nothing to do with the hotel!) and needed to see a medic. Reception staff gave us good advice on how to go about this and gave ...

      Aurora Kakadu
      Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019
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      Aurora Kakadu

      Aurora Kakadu

      Arnhem Highway, South Alligator, Kakadu, NT
         
        3.8 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Easy check in and very quiet property. Air conditioner was quiet and effective too. Food options were limited though.

        Kakadu Lodge ¥6,677
        Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019
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        Kakadu Lodge

        Kakadu Lodge

        Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, NT
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice hotel away from the City amongst other quality hotels.

          Wildman Wilderness Lodge ¥45,523
          Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019
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          Wildman Wilderness Lodge

          Wildman Wilderness Lodge

          Point Stuart Road, Point Stuart, NT
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This place was beautiful. Staff were great but was expensive. I thought the charging of an12 year old at adult prices for tours etc was a total rip off when he didn’t drink alcohol or eat much and just a way to earn extra money. The lodge itself could use a few more games etc The scenery was amazing ...

            Mary River Wilderness Retreat ¥10,318
            Reviewed on Aug 4, 2019
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            Mary River Wilderness Retreat

            Mary River Wilderness Retreat

            Mary River Crossing On The Arnhem Highwa, Mount Bundey, NT
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Location and things to do in there. Should be better variety and choise of breakfast. Also no buffalo or crocodile meat on the menu.

              Corroboree Houseboats ¥31,225
              Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019
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              Corroboree Houseboats

              Corroboree Houseboats

              Corroboree-Billabong Road, Point Stuart, NT
                 
                4.0 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Was a great trip houseboat had a lot of character wild exciting place

                Bamurru Plains - All Inclusive
                Bamurru Plains - All Inclusive

                Bamurru Plains - All Inclusive

                Swim Creek Station, Point Stuart, NT
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This all-inclusive property is situated in a rural location.

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