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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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This is one view you'll never forget 😍 Amidst the lush wilderness of the breathtaking Top End, @WildmanWildernessLodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience 🙌 Situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between #Darwin and #Kakadu National Park, Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a central building, 10 air-conditioned cabins ('Habitats') and 15 safari tents. There are a ​variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive excursion options, including tours of Kakadu National Park, cruising on the Mary River and sundowners overlooking the wetlands. Its teeming wildlife and unique experiences offer a world far removed from your own, yet with all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day. ​​Photos: Shaana McNaught ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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Located in the southern end of #Kakadu National Park, Maguk Gorge is pretty unique - it's one of the only waterfalls in #Kakadu National Park that flows while there is no rain. After a 1 kilometre walk through monsoon forest and along a creek, you'll come to a large clear plunge pool... but for maximum wow factor and jealous mates, make like @curlycally and hike up above the falls where you'll find a series of smaller plunge pools with amazing views. You can thank us later! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Callum. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Let us set the scene for you... a spectacular, 360-degree view of wetlands stretching endlessly out to the horizon and the stone country of Arnhem Land all bathed in the rich afternoon glow 💛 Yep, we're talking about the lookout at Ubirr, #Kakadu National Park's most famous spot for sunset 🙌 Located in the East Alligator region of the park, it's home to some of the world's most outstanding rock art and is an area steeped in Aboriginal culture and tradition. The 1 kilometre circuit walk passes several sites before leading up to this very special vantage point. As the sun begins to dip, the selfies start to slow and the crowd finds a perch to watch nature’s light show in awe. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@imlukemackenzie! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Set in the towering escarpment country of #Kakadu National Park, they say Jim Jim Falls is so nice that they named it twice 😜 Boasting a sheer 200 m drop, crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, Jim Jim offers one of the most unique swimming experiences in @Australia. In the dry season the falls stop running and you can hike into the heart of the gorge and sit in the shadow of these spectacular cliffs. The 2 kilometre return walk through monsoon forest is graded as moderately difficult and involves scrambling over large boulders in some parts, but rest assured, you'll be well rewarded! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@victor_fgt. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Take to the air and witness the magic of #Kakadu National Park 🚁 The complexity of this diverse landscape becomes an epic eruption of colour and life as you fly over world-famous wetlands, mighty floodplains, and on to the ancient sandstone plateaus of Arnhem Land. Helicopter and fixed-wing flights operate in both wet and dry seasons, departing from #Darwin and within Kakadu (Cooinda and Jabiru). Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@jasoncharleshill! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Nature enthusiasts everywhere, Yellow Water Billabong in #Kakadu National Park is calling your name! 💚 Take a cruise with @KakaduTourism and you'll instantly feel like you've stepped back in time. The sheer serenity is unlike anything else 🙌 The national park is a haven for wildlife with one third of @Australia’s bird species found in Kakadu. You'll also spot crocodiles in their natural habitat and buffalo on the floodplains, so keep your camera ready! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia @jonny.melon.  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu #DoKakadu

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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. Found in the southern region of the park, Maguk is very unique...it's one of the only waterfalls in the area that flows while there's no rain. 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. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@daphnedevries.nl! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Are we looking at a scene from the #LionKing? Nah mate, its #Kakadu National Park! 😜 @powershala recently visited the NT's version of Pride Rock, aka Ubirr, located in the East Alligator region of the park. Ubirr is home to some of the world's most outstanding rock art and is an area steeped in Aboriginal culture and tradition. The 1 kilometre circuit walk passes several 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 visit at sunset and take in the changing colours of the surrounding landscape 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Max and Faye!​ ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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'Winter' in the Top End is looking pretty darn good, particularly when it's all endless sunshine, lush tropical bush land and an array of incredible swimming spots 🙌 Gunlom Falls is located in the southern part of #Kakadu National Park 👉 it's roughly a two kilometre return climb to the infinity-style plunge pool at the top of the escarpment, but it's well worth the effort! The views are breathtaking and the water is crystal clear, making it the ultimate spot for a hang-out sesh in the sun ☀️ To get to this piece of paradise, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended, however you can always jump on a tour with @kakadutourism or @wayoutbackaus if you don't have access to one.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @bennygamlin! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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