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

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: Gagudju Lodge, Cooinda

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.



Gagudju Lodge Cooinda
The indigenous-owned Gagudju Lodge Cooinda offers resort-style pools, alfresco dining at Barra Bistro and Bar, and rooms with private courtyards for a spectacular sunset views.

Hotel Pickup List:
06:00 - Adina Waterfront
06:00 - Airport Gateway Motel
06:00 - Airport Inn
06:15 - Alatai Apartments
06:15 - Argus Apartments
06:15 - Banyan View Motel
06:15 - Barramundi Lodge
06:30 - Boomerang Caravan Park
06:00 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
06:00 - Casa on Gregory
06:00 - City Garden Apartments
06:30 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
06:00 - Cullen Bay Apartments
06:15 - Darwin Central Hotel
06:30 - Discovery Holiday Park
06:15 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
06:15 - Elkes Backpackers
06:30 - Free Spirit Resort
06:15 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
06:00 - Frontier Darwin
06:15 - Geckos Lodge
06:15 - H Hotel
06:30 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
06:15 - Hilton Darwin
06:30 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
06:30 - Leprechaun Resort
06:15 - Mantra Pandanas
06:15 - Marrakai Apartments
06:15 - Mediterranean
06:15 - Novotel Atrium
06:30 - Oasis Caravan Park
06:15 - Palms City Resort
06:15 - Palms Motel
06:00 - Parap Village Apartments
06:00 - Paravista Motel3
06:30 - Quest palmerston
06:00 - Quest Parap
06:00 - Rydges Airport Resort
06:00 - SkyCity
06:00 - Steeles Bed & Breakfast
06:20 - Transit Centre
06:15 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
06:15 - Comfort Inn Vitina
06:00 - Vibe Waterfront
06:15 - 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.

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