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  • Admission: Park fee: AU$25 per person

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Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park has a feeling and a beauty unlike anywhere else on earth. With its sandstone escarpments looming up from the plain, its secret waterholes and lily-strewn waterways, its teeming birdlife and ancient rock art, it's a place that will get a hold on something old in your soul.

It's Australia's largest national park, clocking in at a mindboggling 1.7 million hectares (4.2 million acres). In that vast space shelters a staggering multiplicity of fauna, including dingos, wallabies and saltwater crocodiles. There's plants and animals here that are found nowhere else in the world, and a number of endangered species.

Make sure to take a cruise along one of the numerous park rivers - cruising along the Alligator River will allow to discover amazing birds and see crocs up close safely. Yellow Water near Cooina is a good starting point for sunrise cruises, usually the best time of the day for wildlife viewing.

Kakadu is also a wonderful place to discover Aboriginal culture, from rock art painting at Ubirr and Nourlangie to the very interesting Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center at Cooinda. Ubirr is also just uniquely beautiful, located at the feet of a food plain, with rocks proudly standing as guardians of the Arnhem Land!

Practical Info

Most tourists visit the park in late July, during the dry season, when most of the park is accessible and animals gather in large numbers around shrinking waterholes. In the wet season, which lasts from October to March, waterfalls and rivers swell and it becomes difficult to move around. However, if you're here at this time of year and have some cash to splash, try taking a light plane ride over the torrential waterfalls.

You can take in Kakadu on a tour or, if you have your own car, do it independently. Be sure to stop into the Bowali Vistor Centre on the way in to plan your trip with the experts. This can be a dangerous environment for the unprepared.

The park is run jointly by the Australian government and the traditional owners of the land - the Bininj in the north and the Mungguy in the south. Visitor centers within the park give an insight into traditional culture, which has been going in Kakadu for at least 50,000 years.

Tours & Tickets

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3-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

See all the highlights of northern Australia’s remarkable Top End on a three-day tour of Kakadu and Katherine. This Northern Territory adventure takes you ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $793.71

2-Day Aboriginal Culture and Kakadu National Park Tour from Darwin

Experience the extraordinary beauty of the Kakadu wetlands and Aboriginal rock art sites on an overnight Kakadu highlights tour traveling by 4WD vehicle. View ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $521.50

3-Day 4WD Small-Group Litchfield and Kakadu Camping Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Experience the rugged beauty of the Australian outback on a three-day 4WD camping safari to Litchfield and Kakadu national parks. Your outback safari takes you ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $663.82

5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore Australia’s Top End on a Northern Territory camping tour through Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield national parks. This five-day excursion to the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $998.11

Kakadu Day Tour from Darwin including Ubirr Art Site and Mary River Wetlands Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

On this full day tour you will travel east from Darwin along the Arnhem Highway and journey into world-renowned Kakadu National Park, home to a profusion of ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $224.46

3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a three-day trip exploring the highlights of the Top End including the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Watch out for crocodiles and an ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $770.79

Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour with Optional Return Flight to Darwin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 78 Reviews

Discover the magic of Australia's Kakadu National Park on this full day trip from Darwin. Cruise along the famous Yellow Waters, while looking out for ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $224.46

2-Day Kakadu National Park Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and Arnhem Land Tour from Darwin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Experience Kakadu National Park, an area of great natural beauty and sweeping landscapes on this 2-day trip from Darwin. Cruise the Yellow Waters, where ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $612.24

3-Day Kakadu National Park and Waterfalls Tour from Darwin

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the best that the Kakadu National Park has to offer on this 3-day tour from Darwin. View the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $748.82

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