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

Best 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 ancient Aboriginal art at Nourlangie Rock, swim in pristine rock pools at Barramundi Gorge, and enjoy a cruise on the Kakadu wetlands. You’ll see the very best of Australia's Top End on this seasonal small-group tour running exclusively from May to October and limited to 16 people. Plus, enjoy sleeping in air-conditioned comfort at Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda.


  • 2-day Kakadu National Park tour from Darwin
  • See the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries of Ubirr and Nourlangie
  • Hear Aboriginal legends at Bowali Visitors’ Centre
  • Experience the beauty of Kakadu with a Yellow Waters Wetland Cruise
  • Spot wildlife at Anbangbang Billabong and take a swim in natural rock pools
  • Small-group tour with maximum 16 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

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

Yellow Water Cruise

Day 1: Darwin -- Kakadu National Park (L)
Leaving Darwin, journey along the regional Stuart Highway and Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park, passing the area’s significant river systems and wetland regions. Cross the South Alligator River to visit the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries of World Heritage-listed Ubirr Rock. Learn the history and legends behind the rock art and photograph the stunning views over surrounding wetlands. Hear more about the Aboriginal legends on a visit to the Bowali Centre and view the center’s informative displays on the area’s flora and fauna. Continue to Cooinda to take an afternoon cruise on the Kakadu wetlands, and experience the beauty of this stunning landscape close up. Have the remainder of the day and evening to relax at your accommodation at Cooinda.

Overnight: Anbinik Kakadu Resort

Day 2: Cooinda -- Anbangbang Billabong -- Nourlangie Rock -- Barramundi Gorge -- Darwin (L)
Start your day with a visit the Nourlangie region of the Kakadu National Park, with its waterways and views. Travel to the Nourlangie Rock art site to see galleries of ancient Aboriginal rock art, and expand your appreciation of this important place by listening to your guide’s insightful interpretation of the art and the area’s rich Aboriginal history.

Then visit nearby Anbangbang Billabong for a wildlife-spotting excursion in the shadow of Nourlangie Rock. Look out for wildlife hiding in the pool's surrounding swamps, woodlands and sandstone plateaus. Spot water birds swimming in the billabong, and wallabies and kangaroos grazing on the foliage at the water’s edge. Then travel off the beaten track to Barramundi Gorge, where a short return walk through native forest leads to a small waterfall and clear plunge pool with the opportunity to swim. It’s a moderate walk, with some more difficult areas requiring a certain level of fitness. In the late afternoon, leave Kakadu National Park and return to Darwin following the old 4WD Jim Jim Road.

Please note: If seasonal weather conditions prevent access to Ubirr Rock and/or Barramundi Gorge, you will visit other attractions such as Nanguluwur, Gubara Pools or Nawurlandja.


Accommodation: Anbinik Kakadu Resort

Hotel Pickup List:
07:50 - Adina Waterfront
08:15 - Airport Gateway Motel
08:15 - Airport Inn
08:00 - Alatai Apartments
08:00 - Argus Apartments
08:00 - Banyan View Motel
08:00 - Barramundi Lodge
08:20 - Boomerang Caravan Park
07:50 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
07:50 - Casa on Gregory
08:00 - City Garden Apartments
08:20 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
07:50 - Cullen Bay Apartments
08:00 - Darwin Central Hotel
08:15 - Discovery Holiday Park
08:00 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
08:20 - Free Spirit Resort
08:00 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
08:00 - Frontier Darwin
08:00- Geckos Lodge
08:00 - H Hotel
08:15 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
08:00 - Hilton Darwin
08:20 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
08:15 - Leprechaun Resort
08:00 - Mantra Pandanas
08:00 - Marrakai Apartments
08:00 - Mediterranean
08:00 - Novotel Atrium
08:20 - Oasis Caravan Park
08:00 - Palms City Resort
08:00 - Palms Motel
07:50 - Parap Village Apartments
07:50 - Paravista Motel
08:15 - Quest Palmerston
07:50 - Quest Parap
08:15 - Rydges Airport Resort
07:50 - SkyCity
07:50 - Steeles Bed & Breakfast
08:00 - Transit Centre
08:00 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
07:50 - Vibe Waterfront
08:00 - Vitina Comfort Inn
08:00 - YHA Globetrotters

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

we had a marvelous time on our 2 day tour of Kakadu, our guide Rob, was brilliant, he looked after us very well and took us to places that we never ever thought we would see, I would recommend this tour to all my friends, my only negative would be that I was disappointed that the local indigenous people were not more involved, still a most enjoyable trip.

Masela D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful time on this 2-day tour. Our guide was absolutely fantastic, and very knowledgeable, and we saw everything from wild brumbies, to dingoes to many many crocodiles. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Well organised, with an extremely knowledgeable and informative tour guide.

Had thought about doing this as a self drive trip but am extremely pleased that we signed up for this tour instead. The walks around the rock art was particularly interesting and if we'd gone by ourselves we'd have missed so much.

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