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

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

Explore the fascinating landscapes and diverse wildlife of Kakadu National Park on this full-day tour from Darwin. See an impressive array of birdlife on a cruise through the Mary River wetlands, and marvel at ancient Aboriginal rock art in World Heritage-listed Ubirr. Delve deeper into local legends at the Warradjan Cultural Centre, and enjoy a buffet lunch in scenic Cooinda. 

Highlights

  • Kakadu National Park day tour from Darwin
  • Enjoy a cruise down the Mary River wetlands
  • See the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch at Cooinda

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What You Can Expect

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

Ubirr, Kakadu National Park

Spanning 12,430 square miles (20,000 square km) of protected wilderness, Kakadu National Park offers remarkably diverse landscapes, from marshy floodplains to rocky plateaus. Your full-day tour begins with early morning pickup at your Darwin hotel and a journey by coach across the South Alligator River and along the Kakadu Highway. Stop at the Warradjan Cultural Centre for a great introduction to the area’s geologic and cultural history.

Explore Kakadu’s wetlands with a cruise down the Mary River. Look for the many species of birds that call this area home, and learn about native flora from your knowledgeable guide. Midday, break for a buffet lunch at Cooinda, a scenic holiday destination inside the park. 

Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage –listed area of Ubirr, on the park’s eastern edge, where you can view remarkably preserved Aboriginal rock art galleries. Learn about the legends behind the paintings and how indigenous people have connected with the landscape for thousands of years. 

On the approximately 3-hour return drive to Darwin, stop to stretch your legs and get a taste of local culture at Corroboree Park Tavern. Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off at approximately 8pm. 

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup List:
06.00 - Adina Waterfront
06.15 - Alatai Apartments
06.15 - Argus Apartments
06:20 - Banyan View Motel
06.00 - Barramundi Lodge
07.05 - Boomerang Caravan Park
06.00 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
06.00 - Casa on Gregory
07.10 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
06:20 - City Garden Apartments
06.00 - Cullen Bay Apartments
06:20 - Darwin Central Hotel
06:50 - Discovery Holiday Park
06.20 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
06.20 - DoubleTree Hilton Esplanade Darwin
06.50 - Free Spirit Resort
06.15 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
06.10 - Frontier Darwin
06.15 - H Hotel
06:50 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
06:20 - Hilton Darwin
07.05 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
06:45 - Leprechaun Resort
06.15 - Mantra Pandanas
06:20 - Marrakai Apartments
06.15 - Mediterranean
06:20 - Novotel Atrium
07.00 - Oasis Caravan Park
06:20 - Palms City Resort
06:10 - Palms Motel
06:00 - Parap Village Apartments (Darwin Airport Shuttle)
06:00 - Paravista Motel
06:00 - Quest Parap (Darwin Airport Shuttle)
06:45 - Rydges Palmerston
06:00 - SkyCity
06.15 - Steeles Bed & Breakfast
06:20 - Transit Centre
06:15 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
06:00 - Comfort Inn Vitina
06.00 - Vibe Waterfront
06.15 - YHA Globetrotters

Customer Reviews

Susan E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This trip was well worth the long drive. The driver Alison was very informative in relation to Darwins history and it on going development, the aboriginal culture and the stories behind indigenous paintings. The buffet lunch was delicious and enjoyed by all. The Mary River cruise was fantastic and refreshing. Ruben was a wonderful guide and passionate about his heritage. Overall even though I have lived in Australia for 57 years I am still learning about this magnificent country and its people. I would recommend this trip to all visiting Darwin.

DR G W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Driving rather lengthy but rock art and water trip fabulous Reuben was a great guide in the water

Rosemary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The day was brilliant, from the prompt hotel pick up to being dropped off back at the same spot. Will, outré driver/guide was entertaining and knowledgable. The highlight for me was the Corroborree Billabong cruise. We were lucky enough to see three really large crocs up on the bank with a dead water buffalo. Out guide told us that this was very rare as crocodiles are very territorial but will put aside disputes for a good meal! Overall, a day trip I would heartily recommend.

Anthony P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great trip. Superb driver, Dave, on the bus, very informative. Long drive but worth it. Mary River cruise fantastic. Ruben was an amazing host. Obviously very proud of his culture and the company he works for. Really did us all proud. All in all a very enjoyable day complemented by ther others on the tour, our hosts, the information provided and the scenery.

Ed H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

My wife and I loved the trip. Guide was very good and provided a lot of information. The birds were out of this world. Too hot for the crocs to show much.

Dr M S Campo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was a thoroughly outstanding day! The Ubirr art was misterious and very interesting, the nature trail fascinating and the Mary River Cruise out of this world!

Andreas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This trip was extremely well organised. The driver/guide told us very interesting stories about aboriginal culture and provided us with information on the locations we traveled through on our way to Kakadu. Also the boat trip on the Mary river was very lovely and interesting.

Alessandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great experience, a long time spent on the bus but Ubirr and Mary River are worth it! Breathtaking landscapes and art, loads of wildlife to see and a nice and competent guide! A++

David B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was a long day, but very interesting and with great views. The tour had changed from our booking from Yellow River to Mary River Wetlands. Our guide was excellent. The visit to the aboriginal paintings were great and cultural was very educational but the highlight of the tour was the Mary River wetlands cruise. There was heaps of crocodiles and the water lilies were beautiful and too sit among them and sip on champagne and eat fruit was so peaceful. The bird life was wonderful. Overall the day was inspiring.

Stephen G A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was a wonderful Experience. Our Brazilian Guide, Fabiana was wonderful, with great local knowledge and a great manner. We saw great Aboriginal art, Museums and a wonderful cruise on the Mary River, with another great guide, who knew where all the crocodiles lived. I was surprised by the lack of bird life, which I believe is more evident on the Yellow River Cruise.

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