Welcome to Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is more than a national park. It's also a vibrant, living acknowledgement of the elemental link between the Aboriginal custodians and the country they have nurtured, endured and respected for thousands of generations. Encompassing almost 20,000 sq km (about 200km north–south and 100km east–west), it holds within its boundaries a spectacular ecosystem, periodically scorched and flooded, and mind-blowing... Read More

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Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour with Optional Flight over Kakadu

Visit the Top End (Northern Territory) to discover Australia's most famous national park - Kakadu. Your full day you will depart from Darwin and travel to Kakadu National Park, which covers some 20,000 square kilometers making it Australia's largest national park. Its vast wetlands and ancient escarpment are home to one of Australia's largest and most diverse bird populations and hold outstanding natural and cultural significance. See ancient rock art at Nourlangie Rock a virtual museum in the desert. See history come to life through the stories depicted on the walls and ceilings of caves. After lunch join your guide for a cruise on the Yellow Water billabong. Keep an eye out for the wildlife and the crocodiles basking in the sun. Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and view the informative displays detailing the traditions of the indigenous people before returning to Darwin. Upgrade your experience with an optional 50-minute scenic flight over Kakadu for a birds-eye view of the region.

$506.42 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1: Darwin - Litchfield National Park - Kakadu (L, D)You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 7.00am for the short journey to Litchfield National Park. Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue along the Marrakai Road before joining the Old Jim Jim Road deep into Kakadu National Park. Traveling past billabongs and traversing water crossings bringing ample opportunity for wildlife spotting. Arrive at camp, complete with comfortable permanent tents at Cooinda and spend the night enjoying dinner and some stargazing. Overnight: camping accommodation at CooindaDay 2: Kakadu - Yellow Water Billabong - Arnhemland (B, L, D)A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and showcases the spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system. Departing camp, travel to nearby Nourlangie Rock. Here you can see how local Aboriginal people lived in this area through changing times. After lunch visit the Bowali Visitor Centre. See the audio-visual presentations and Marrawuddi Gallery showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from within Kakadu and the wider region. Later this afternoon arrive at the culturally significant Aboriginal art site of Ubirr, located within the East Alligator region of the park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. It’s time to pick out a quiet spot to sit while watching the sun set over the Kakadu escarpment before making the short journey to our private and permanent campsite for the night. Overnight: camping accommodation in KakaduDay 3: Kakadu National Park – Darwin (B, L)Today the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. Departing early, travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls. Explore Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by 4-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track and boardwalk. Once there relax on the sandy banks and admire the falls. There’s more 4-wheel driving as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders takes us to the waterfall and plunge pool which are surrounded by 150-metre cliffs. Spend the afternoon taking in the sheer beauty of your spectacular surrounds before heading back to Darwin and your accommodation.

$770.84 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

This three day independent tour lets you experience some of the highlights of Kakadu National Park. Travel by luxury coach from Darwin to Kakadu including 2 nights accommodation before returning to Darwin. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Nourlangie Rock - Yellow Water Wildlife Cruise Depart Darwin and enter Kakadu National Park and stop at the Bark Hut for some morning tea (at own expense). Next, travel to Nourlangie Rock Aboriginal art site. Here your guide will talk about the escrapments and the different rock art that is found here. You will then enjoy a cold buffet lunch.After Lunch, join a local guide for a 1.5 hour cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. You'll see Saltwater Crocodiles and a colourful range of birdlife for which the region is renowned for.Next visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to better understand the parks culture and history. Day 2: 4-Wheel Drive into Arnhem Land - Oenpelli Aboriginal Settlement - Mikinj Valley Travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. Your guide will make stops along the way, showing you different rock arts in Arnhem Land, explain about the history of the people in Arnhem Land, how they lived and fed off the land. Hear of traditional land ownership from our Aboriginal guide and learn about bush skills. Visit special ancient Aboriginal art sites. isit the Oenpelli Aboriginal settlement and the Injalak Arts and crafts centre and enjoy lunch in Mikinj Valley. Day 3: Ubirr Art Site - East Alligator River Cruise - Bowali Visitor Centre - Darwin Travel to Ubirr to explore Aboriginal artwork. Your guide will take you through and explain the different arts that can be seen here. They will also take you up onto the rock formations to see the view across Kakadu National Park.Next, join an Aboriginal guide on the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. Here you will cruise between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Your guide will talk about the history of the area while spotting crocodiles and birdlife. Your guide will also show you the technique of spear throwing.After a cold buffet lunch, drive through the town of Janiru before arriving at Bowali Visitor Centre. Depart Kakadu National Park and head back to the city of Darwin.

$601.52 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Kakadu National Park Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and Arnhem Land Tour from Darwin

Day 1: Darwin - Nourlangie Rock Art - Warradjan Cultural Center - Yellow Water Cruise - Kakadu National Park (L)Depart Darwin and travel through Humpty Doo to Kakadu National Park. The parks wetlands and ancient escarpment are home to a profusion of fauna and flora, and have outstanding natural and cultural significance. Call into Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre then join a guided cruise on Kakadu's Yellow Water billabong, keeping a lookout for crocodiles and birdlife. After a delicious lunch, visit one of the most significant art sites in the park, Nourlangie Rock, to see Aboriginal rock paintings dating back thousands of years.Overnight: Kakadu in a choice of accommodationDay 2: Kakadu National Park - Arnhem Land Adventure - Mikinj Valley - Oenpelli Aboriginal Settlement - Darwin (B,L)Today join a 4WD vehicle and enter Arnhem Land. Visit the famous Oenpelli Art Gallery and explore the rarely-visited Mikinj Valley. Travel through this majestic region, dotted with sandstone outcrops and escarpments, forests and billabongs. Your Aboriginal guide will provide informative commentary along the way. Learn about bush skills and hunting techniques. You will also be privileged to view a display of Aboriginal art in its natural state - no barriers or fences.

$978.04 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Kakadu National Park, Katherine and Litchfield National Park Camping Tour from Darwin

Day 1: Litchfield & Mary River (L,D)Leaving Darwin, journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where you visit waterfalls that flow all year round. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picture perfect swimming holes. Finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Enjoy an outback Aussie pub meal before climbing into your bed for a well-earned rest at the Mary River region camping spot.Day 2: Kakadu National Park (B,L,D)Today head to Kakadu National Park where you will discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Here your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Next head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the in the beautiful clear plunge pools. Tonight relax poolside and enjoy a group dinner at the Bistro at our Jabiru campground. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine (B,L,D)This morning you have the option of a scenic flight over Kakadu (price from AU$150 pp) the sheer size of Kakadu means the only way to truly appreciate it is from the sky. Then spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site Nourlangie or Burrungi as it is known to its local traditional owners. Here your guide will give you a snapshot of how the local Aboriginal people have lived in an area with 20 000 years of documented occupation which is reflected in some of the rock art. After lunch head south stopping to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek before traveling further on to Katherine and settling in for the night at the private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park. Fall asleep listening to the chatter of the outback night. Day 4: Katherine Gorge - Darwin (B,L)Depending on the season, this morning embark on a cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge or take the chance to head out by canoe between red rock walls up to 70-meters high (both activities are optional at own expense). Formed by the Katherine River flowing from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea, this 23 million-year-old natural marvel is one of the Top End’s true wonders. After lunch experience a truly authentic indigenous cultural experience. This interpretive display will not only teach you about local indigenous culture but will also provide hands on experiences including fire making, boomerang and spear throwing and the chance to try painting your own indigenous artwork to take home as a unique souvenir. Hit the open road and head back to Darwin to enjoy a night on the town toasting your adventure with new friends.

$425.24 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Kakadu National Park, Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and East Alligator River Tour from Darwin

Day 1 Darwin - Kakadu (L)Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, into Kakadu National Park. Located 160-miles (257-kilometres) east of Darwin, this national park covers 7,722-square miles (20,000-square kilometres) of landscape from rocky escarpment home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries.There is the opportunity for an optional 50 minute scenic flight (own expense). Day 2 Kakadu – Darwin (L)This morning join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for a view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin, where your short break concludes.November - April: if weather conditions preclude access to East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on day 2.