8. Bushwalk in Kakadu
Lace up your boots and choose from more than 30 established walking trails throughout Kakadu, from short, easy strolls to challenging multi-day treks. Roam the world-class rock art sites, climb to the top of waterfalls and plunge pools, hike along escarpments or spot birds and wildlife on a stroll around a billabong. Keep to the designated paths and take plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen. A must-do is the free guided walks through Kakadu’s Aboriginal rock art galleries where park rangers share stories behind the paintings. They run every day from April to October.
9. Bird watch at Mamukala wetlands
Take the easy walk to an observation platform hidden in the paperbarks at the Mamukala wetlands, one of Kakadu’s best bird watching spots (30km from Jabiru). Watch quietly as kites, comb-crested jacanas, cormorants, purple swamp hens, finches and kingfishers feed. A mural shows the seasonal changes throughout the year. The wetlands are beautiful year-round but most dramatic in the late dry season (September to November) when tens of thousands of honking magpie geese dig for water chestnuts.
10. Learn about Kakadu at its visitor centres
Wander through the Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru to learn about the flora and fauna, habitats and geology of Kakadu through interactive displays, videos and an extensive library. Afterwards, browse the art and craft, books and gifts at the attached Marrawuddi Gallery. In Cooinda, visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre for an insight into how the Aboriginal people lived in Kakadu for thousands of years. Find out about upcoming free ranger talks at both centres, which should be your first stop in Kakadu.