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  • Address: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Admission: $25

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Kakadu National Park

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a massive Northern Territory nature reserve, clocking in at 4.2 million acres (1.7 million hectares). With sandstone escarpments, secret waterholes, billabongs, and lily-strewn waterways, Kakadu is an introduction to wild Australia. Read on to learn what to see and do in the country’s largest national park.


The Basics

On Kakadu National Park tours and Top End adventures, you’ll find opportunities to encounter exotic animals such as dingoes, wallabies, dugongs, and saltwater crocodiles, and also discover Aboriginal culture, from ancient aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Cooinda, where visitors pore over traditional bush food and didgeridoos. Ubirr is uniquely beautiful, located at the foot of a food plain, with prominent rock formations standing as guardians of the Arnhem Land. If visiting without a tour guide, be sure to stop into the Bowali Visitor Centre to plan your trip with the center’s staff; this rugged outback environment can be hazardous for the unprepared.


Ways to Visit Kakadu National Park

You can take in Kakadu on a guided tour from Darwin, or, if you have your own car, visit the park independently from much farther areas such as Kimberley and Broome in Western Australia. Most day tours depart from Darwin, about 93 miles (150 km) away, and last upwards of 12 hours, including round-trip transportation by a WiFi-equipped coach. Kakadu National Park can be reached in about 1.5 hours from Darwin by road, and travelers can choose from a variety of options, including small-group tours, private tours, and adventure tours. For a longer excursion, multi-day options offer accommodations or camping experiences that can be combined with a visit to Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk National Park, or Katherine Gorge, other must-see spots in the Top End.


Top Sights to Experience Kakadu’s Natural Beauty

Cruising along the Mary River wetlands or the East Alligator River (Guluyambi) will allow you to spot native birds and possibly catch a glimpse of a crocodile from a safe distance. Travelers also enjoy cruising Yellow Water Billabong near Cooinda and bush camping in Koolpln Gorge, although it’s recommended that this adventure is taken with a guide unless you’re an experienced outback camper, as permits are required and the terrain is rough. The park’s most prominent water features are Jim Jim Falls and the nearby Twin Falls, but they flow mostly in the quiet wet season. The best way to see these falls is on a scenic flight, which allows for spectacular aerial photo ops.

Best Times to Visit

Most visitors plan their trips for the late July dry season, when most of the park is accessible and animals gather in large numbers around shrinking waterholes. In the wet season from October to March, bodies of water swell and it becomes difficult to move around the park, making plane rides a popular wet season activity.

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

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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 $511.25
Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour with Optional Flight over Kakadu, Darwin, Multi-day Tours
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Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour with Optional Flight over Kakadu

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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 $195.13
3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin, Darwin, Day Trips
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3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

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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 $778.20
5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks, ... 
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5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

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

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

From USD $936.64
3-Day Kakadu National Park and Waterfalls Tour from Darwin, Darwin, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Kakadu National Park and Waterfalls Tour from Darwin

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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 $737.61
Kakadu Day Tour from Darwin Including Ubirr Art Site, Guluyambi Cultural Cruise and Arnhem Land, ... 
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Kakadu Day Tour from Darwin Including Ubirr Art Site, Guluyambi Cultural Cruise and Arnhem Land

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Experience the World Heritage Kakadu National Park on this interactive day tour from Darwin. On this small group Kakadu day tour, you will visit the Ancient ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.13
2-Day Kakadu National Park Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and Arnhem Land Tour from ... 
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2-Day Kakadu National Park Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and Arnhem Land Tour from Darwin

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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 $607.26
Kakadu Day Tour from Darwin including Ubirr Art Site and Mary River Wetlands Cruise, Darwin, ... 
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Kakadu Day Tour from Darwin including Ubirr Art Site and Mary River Wetlands Cruise

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 $199.04
4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine, Darwin, Day Trips
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4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

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See all the highlights of northern Australia’s remarkable Top End on a 4-day tour of Kakadu and Katherine. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $776.63

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