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Kakadu national park highlights

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Visiting the Northern Territory and hoping for breathtaking scenery, wildlife spotting, and an astoundingly large outdoor space to explore?

Kakadu National Park delivers that and more!


Located 240 kilometres from Darwin is Australia’s largest national park, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres (or half the size of Switzerland!).

Adventure to this giant rugged landscape and find lush rainforest, rock art roughly 20,000 years old, and an astonishing amount of wildlife including 290 bird species and over 10,000 insect species – so don’t forget your Aerogard.

In the world heritage-listed park you can cruise on billabongs bursting with wildlife, swim in pools at the foot of rushing waterfalls, hike rocky embankments, or take on a 4WD adventure to secluded rock pools.

The area is steeped in strong cultural significance for the Aboriginal traditional owners of the park, and within the park Aboriginal rock art reveals just some of their stories.

These art sites are one of the longest historical records for any group of people in the world, and are both a fascinating and spiritual sight to behold.

When visiting the park, there are a few highlights to tick off

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Cruise the Yellow Water Wetlands: explore the dramatic wetlands at the heart of Kakadu abundant in rare flora and fauna. Book a Yellow Water Cruise to take you through this beautiful wilderness and keep an eye out for sea eagles, jabirus, saltwater crocodiles, and water buffalo. For an even more remarkable experience select a sunrise or sunset version!

Swim in waterfalls: The most popular and stunning of Kakadu’s many waterfalls are Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls. But heads up, both require a 4WD to get there and it’s best to consult with locals on which to visit depending on the season.

Appreciate the art: Here are some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art sites depicting a range of different scenes and stories. Ubirr is one of the most accessible and here you can spot the Rainbow Serpent and some of the world’s finest examples of X-ray art. Also see the Warradjan Cultural Centre to learn about the history of the local people.

Observe the changing seasons: The seasons are dramatic here, with the local Bininj people having classified six instead of the regular four. To truly appreciate the beauty of the area it is often recommended that you visit more than once if possible. Short on time? Jump in a helicopter for a bird’s eye view of the changing sky.

Make like Crocodile Dundee: He made the area famous by taking his audience on an Australian outback experience. Fan of the film? Head to the Gunlom Billabong at the base of rushing falls. Follow the walking trail to the top of the falls for stunning views, but beware, it is a steep climb.

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Time to roadtrip: This part of the country is perfect for the ultimate roadtrip with hundreds of wilderness adventures to break up the hours in the car. Take a break by hiking, canoeing, wildlife watching, and campfire cooking. Stuck in a two-wheel drive? Take the Nature’s Way touring route for a fully sealed version.

Quick Kakadu Tips –

Ready to explore the rest of the country? Read Exploring Adelaide’s Hahndorf, Must See: Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens, Visit: Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Top Places to Discover Wildflowers in Perth, Melbourne’s Best Gardens to Explore, Sydney’s Most Beautiful Gardens.

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