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Camping in Kakadu

Pitch your tent in a World Heritage-listed national park and step into a land of cascading waterfalls, sandstone gorges and ancient rock art.

Kakadu is an unforgettable camping destination. Pitch your tent in a World Heritage-listed national park and step into a land of cascading waterfalls, sandstone gorges, ancient Aboriginal rock art and abundant wildlife.

Camping under the stars

Kakadu has many camping areas run by Parks Australia, or you can book into a commercial campground. Visit the Parks Australia website for detailed information about designated camping areas and how to obtain a camping permit.

Parks Australia – camping and caravans

The local pool

The Gunlom camp in the south of Kakadu features a majestic waterfall and plunge pool, and gives you access to the Gunlom Lookout and Murril Billabong walks. Wake to the sounds of cockatoos as you stroll down to the clear natural pools for a swim, in readiness for a day of sightseeing.

Waltzing matilda

Camp by a billabong under the shade of a paperbark tree. The Muirella campsite is literally on the Djarradjin billabong at the edge of the Bubba Wetlands. Walk through paperbark swamps and freshwater mangroves teeming with native plants and wildlife. Pink lilies and pandanus line the creeks and swamps while honeyeaters and flying foxes fly above.

Catch a barra

Freshwater billabong campsites like Alligator and Red Lily make for picturesque camping. Explore their tranquil waterholes and fish for the bountiful barramundi that stir below. Now there’s a day gone already. Two Mile Hole in the north west of the park has fairly basic facilities, but it does have a boat ramp, great fishing and a shaded campsite.

Rare birds

Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) is a sacred area for the Jawoyn people, and camping and walking in the area requires a permit. This truly spectacular region is home to rare wildlife and beautiful waterfalls and gorges.

The Jarrangbarnmi Walk follows the Koolpin Creek and features unique birdwatching opportunities. Spot hooded doves and rare gouldian finches, or the banded fruit-dove, a species found only in the Arnhem Land region. The gorge is also home to the Koolpin gum, a rare tree known to grow only in this area.

Camping around Kakadu