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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.


  • 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.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this day tour to Kakadu. The tour guide was knowledgeable, the sights amazing, and because it was a small group we were able to ask as many questions as we wanted. It was a hot climb up Ubirr Rock, but well worth it, the views were fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A day is simply not enough to experience this vast pristine environment. Would love to come back again for a 3-4 day trip through the area

Eileen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Long trip but well worth the time, Deb was very knowledgeable and good fun and the scenery was spectacular. Charlie made the Wetlands Cruise very interesting and had a lot of information about the crocodiles and the birds. Would highly recommend this tour.

Jeanie F L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide was very thoughtful and the Wetlands River Cruise was fantastic.

Patrick B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was amazing! Our tour guide Deb was a great people person who had all of the local knowledge! She was the reason I rated the tour 5 stars.

Debra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Saw a lot of Kakadu that we wouldn't have seen on our own. Very tired at the end of the day

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.


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.

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