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Kakadu & Surrounds

Map showing the Kakadu and Surrounds region in the NT

Cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and exotic bird life. Kakadu National Park will change how you see the world. Experience the magic of this ancient land which is only a few hours from Darwin.

There's plenty to do in Kakadu. With a World Heritage-listed national park as your playground, the options are endless, and so are the views. Walk through a pristine wilderness brimming with wildlife or take a river cruise and spot the world's largest reptile.

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There's no shortage of wonderful waterfalls in #Kakadu National Park, but as locals will tell you, the best spot to visit during the tropical summer is Motor Car Falls. Surrounded by monsoon forest, @surrealdigitalphotography said he had a "beautiful day" swimming here - it's not hard to see why! With water cascading into the gorgeous emerald plunge pool encircled by high cliffs, you'll be bowled over by its beauty. The one hour walk to the falls means its often overlooked by those attracted to better known and easier to access waterfalls in the park, so it has become a favourite among travellers willing to explore a little further. Please note: The Yurmikmik carpark is currently only accessible via four-wheel drive vehicle. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Richard!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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We're taking our love for #Kakadu National Park to new heights! During the tropical summer heavy rains fall across the region, submerging vast tracts of land and fueling Jim Jim Falls. These massive falls can only be seen at this time from the air 🚁 If you've ventured to the base of Jim Jim over the drier months, it's well worth returning and seeing it in full flow! Complete with towering stone escarpments and crazy volumes of water crashing into the gorge below, this is a sight you won't forget in a hurry 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @blakeleighsmith! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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#Kakadu National Park is an unforgettable camping destination 🙌 Pitch your tent in the World Heritage-listed national park and step into a land of cascading waterfalls, sandstone gorges, ancient Aboriginal rock art and abundant wildlife. There are campgrounds in all areas of the park - choose from managed areas with toilets, showers and picnic tables and fire pits, or get right back to nature at a bush campground which has very basic facilities such as pit toilets, barbecues and picnic tables. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @insta_ines_travels! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Dreamy dusk scenes in the Top End 💜 Road-tripping through the NT, @elisecook said "there is something about being out here, immersed in the natural world around us, the red earth beneath our feet and the big Outback skies above us". We couldn't have said it better ourselves! The journey from #Darwin to #AliceSprings is easily one of @Australia's most exciting adventures bringing together a world of ancient landscapes, aboriginal culture and endless skies. From the red desert sands of #Uluru, to World Heritage listed #Kakadu National Park and the magnificent Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, the diversity of the NT will astound you 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia

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We're green with envy over this view 😍 @margaridasfaica discovered these lovely lily-pads on a tour of Yellow Water Billabong in the heart of the World Heritage listed #Kakadu National Park. @KakaduTourism run boat cruises through the wetlands where you'll discover a variety of wildlife and an ever-changing landscape. Tours run throughout the day, however sunrise and sunset are usually the most popular. You'll need at least a few days to explore the region, so stay at the nearby Cooinda Lodge to ensure you don't miss a thing!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Margarida. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu #DoKakadu

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Flying high over the ancient landscape of #Kakadu National Park 🚁 During the tropical summer heavy rains fall across the region, submerging vast tracts of land and fueling these massive falls. Jim Jim can only be seen at this time from the air 🚁 If you've ventured to the base of the falls over the drier months, it's well worth returning and seeing Jim Jim in full flow! Complete with towering stone escarpments and crazy volumes of water crashing into the gorge below, this is a sight you won't forget in a hurry.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bondi_to_broome! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Start the New Year feeling on a high! Ubirr is one of the many places in #Kakadu National Park that truly feels like a land that time forgot ✨ Home to some of the Park's most famous rock art, Ubirr is steeped in Aboriginal culture and tradition. The 1 kilometre circuit walk passes several art sites before leading up to this stunning lookout over the Nadab floodplain. With 360 degree views of the wetlands and rocky escarpment, the lookout is the ultimate place to sit back at #sunset and take in the changing colours of the surrounding landscape 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tonicutler! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Motor Car Falls is one of the many places that come alive during the wet season in #Kakadu National Park. With a gorgeous emerald plunge pool surrounded by high cliffs and tropical monsoon forest, this small pristine waterfall is a hidden gem in the tropical summer when the park's larger falls tend to be inaccessible. The one-hour walk to the falls means its often overlooked by those seeking an easier option, so it has become a favourite among travellers willing to explore a little further! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @melissafindley and @jarradseng. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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To celebrate 2018 we're bringing you our Top 10 posts for the year... Here's your 6th favourite photo!  If you're visiting #Kakadu National Park and looking to cool off amongst some pretty speccy surrounds, Maguk Gorge ticks this box and then some! Waterfall-fed, deep and clear as glass, the emerald plunge pool is surrounded by towering gorge walls. Access by a four wheel drive-only road and a 1 kilometre rocky trek keep the crowds in check, making Maguk a true Kakadu jewel. Maguk is currently closed due to the wet season - it's set to re-open in May, 2019... giving you plenty of time to plan your Kakadu trip! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lisahnl. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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