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Visitors looking over the Kakadu landscape with an Aboriginal guide from Kakadu Cultural Tours

Kakadu National Park

Connect with the oldest living culture on earth. The rugged and remote beauty of Kakadu has stories to share that will take your breath away and touch your heart.

In Australia’s biggest national park you’ll find ancient landscapes with thundering waterfalls, lush rainforests, wandering wetlands, exotic wildlife and ancient rock art.

Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage listing renowned for both its cultural and natural values.

See breathtaking horizons from the top of a Kakadu escarpment. Cruise on the stunning Yellow Water Billabong to spot crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat, including millions of migratory birds who in part call the park’s wetlands home.

Not only is Kakadu spectacular, but you can feel yourself come alive among the lush rainforests, rocky gorges, serene swimming pools and the oldest Aboriginal rock art in the world.

With more than 5,000 Aboriginal rock art sites in the park, the Bininj/Mungguy people have called Kakadu home for some 65,000 years. Here they’ll teach you about their ancient culture and the regions’ dramatic seasons.

Only three hours’ drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park has been waiting for you.

Things to see & do in Kakadu

Entry cost

  • Indicative Prices tickets from $25 to $40
    Dry Season - Adults $40. Seniors Concession $30. Tropical Summer - Adults $25. Seniors Concession $19.
  • Child tickets from $12.50 to $20
    Dry Season - Children 5-15 years $20. 0-4 years - free. Tropical Summer - Children 5-15 years $12.50. 0-4 years - free.


  • Carpark
  • Coach Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Free Wifi
  • Paid Wifi


  • Four Wheel Driving
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walks
  • Hiking


Disabled access available, contact operator for details.


  • World Heritage


What’s nearby

What’s nearby

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How do I get to Kakadu National Park?

There are plenty of guided tours that run daily from Darwin, or you can drive yourself. It’s around 3 hours’ drive (256km) from Darwin to Jabiru, the main township in Kakadu National Park. You can also take the 3-hour drive (303km) north to Jabiru from Katherine, via the south entrance of Kakadu National Park at Pine Creek. Alternatively, you can fly into the park on a light aircraft charter.

Can Kakadu National Park be done as a day trip?

It’s possible to do a day trip to Kakadu from Darwin, and a few tour operators offer one-day options. We recommend spending more time if you can – there’s just too much to see and do! Try to spend at least a couple of days and nights here.

Do I need any passes or permits to visit Kakadu National Park?

A park pass is required, which you can buy online. Permits may be needed for fishing and camping. It’s best to refer to the Kakadu National Park website for more details.

How do I get around Kakadu National Park?

A great way to get around is to drive yourself which gives you the freedom the explore the region at your own pace. Some roads can only be accessed by 4WD. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, there are plenty of operators who run tours into Kakadu. Check out the Kakadu National Park website for information on road access and guided tours.

How far is Kakadu National Park from Darwin?

The main town in Kakadu is Jabiru, located in the north of the park. From Jabiru to Darwin is 3 hours’ drive (256km).

What are the major attractions at Kakadu National Park?

Don’t miss the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, the natural infinity pool at Gunlom, and the beauty of Jim Jim and Twin Falls. Get out on the water with a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise or marvel at the sunset on a Yellow Water cruise.

What should I bring with me to Kakadu National Park?

We recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, insect repellent, and that you always carry plenty of drinking water. You may also wish to bring a camera and binoculars to spot the birds and wildlife that the park is famous for.

When is the best time to visit Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu is popular year-round, and the different seasons all offer something special. Between May and October the nights are cool and the days are warm, and it’s easy to access everything in the park. From November to April, the energy of the wet season is unleashed with tropical storms and flowing rivers a sight to behold.

Where should I go next from Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu National Park is full of surprises. Heading north-east, you can see the rugged wonder of Arnhem Land (you’ll need a permit). Venture south to visit Nitmiluk National Park and Nitmiluk Gorge. To the west is the Mary River region and Darwin. Follow the Nature’s Way drive loop to take in Litchfield National Park.

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