It's something the indigenous people of Kakadu have known for thousands of years – to walk the land is to know it. The walking and hiking trails of Kakadu National Park take in vast floodplains, lowland hills, savannah woodlands and the sandstone cliffs of the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Choose from a wealth of short walks in unforgettable locations. Experience the majestic scenery of Twin Falls Plateau on a challenging six-kilometre walk that rewards the intrepid hiker with a swim in the cool pools beneath the falls.
Stunning views of the East Alligator River and Kakadu's floodplains, billabongs and sandstone formations will make the four-hour (6.5km) Sandstone and River Bushwalk in the Ubirr area seem like a stroll.
The Mirrai Lookout walk takes in the escarpment views of the Nourlangie region, while the 12 kilometre Barrk Sandstone walk passes through the Main Gallery of Aboriginal rock art before meeting the sandstone country of Nourlangie Rock. Along the way see wallaroos and a variety of birdlife including the chestnut-quilled rock-pigeon, conspicuous by the loud clapping of its wings.
Walk through one of Kakadu's best-known wetlands on the Mamukala walk. This area comes alive in the dry season with thousands of migratory magpie geese (a Bininj delicacy) flocking to its cool waters. The three-kilometre walk takes in woodlands and floodplains and a wide range of native flora and fauna.
The road less traveled
Journey to the heart of Kakadu and discover hidden creeks, waterfalls and Aboriginal art seldom seen and off the beaten path. Local established tour operators offer overnight hiking trips taking in Twin Falls, the deep clear pools of Barramundi Creek, and the picturesque Gunlom Falls. If you are going it alone plan your trip and apply for park permits in advance.