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Kakadu & Surrounds

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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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It's rude NOT to stare at Jim Jim Falls 😜 This iconic #Kakadu National Park location is famous for its astonishing cliffs and thundering waterfalls and can be reached by a 2 kilometre return walking trail. While the track is graded as moderately difficult and involves scrambling over large boulders in some parts, you'll be rewarded with a deep plunge pool and family-friendly beach pool, all surrounded by dramatic Jurassic Park-style scenery. With the tropical summer fast approaching, Jim Jim won't be open for much longer as the rains come and the roads flood - it typically becomes accessible again mid-year once the water levels have gone down. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @roamingwith_roma! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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The lookout at Ubirr is easily one of #Kakadu National Park’s highlights, particularly at sunset 💚 The large rock escarpment is free of handrails and concrete pathways, which is very much part of the appeal. After a 250 metre climb, you’re greeted with views across the floodplains and Arnhem Land. The sublime scenes from the tallest of Ubirr’s rocky outcrops is unforgettable 🙌 Dragonflies dart about and cockatoos call out as a golden ball of fire sinks into the green of the Nadab floodplain below. The lookout is reached via an impressive Aboriginal rock-art gallery, considered one of the best in the world, with fine examples of x-ray painting as well as contact art from the time when Indigenous people first encountered Europeans. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nics_mindset! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Surrounded by an exotic landscape and a profusion of wildlife, Bamurru Plains offers the ultimate bush experience. This @wildbushluxury safari lodge has exclusive access to 300 km² of floodplains and savannah woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of #Kakadu National Park. There's only 10 safari-style bungalows and each suite overlooks the floodplain 🙌 With mesh walls on three sides you can hear and see the wildlife and wilderness around you. Their activities are just as unique - you can watch as hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, spot saltwater crocodiles as you skim across floodplains by airboat or search for buffalo and wallabies on an open top safari drive. ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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When you and your sibling got into a fight and your Mum made you “hug it out" 😆 Agile wallabies are found throughout #Kakadu National Park's woodlands and can be recognised by the white stripe on their thigh and dark stripe on their cheeks. Male behaviour often includes "play-fighting", leaping into the air, and sinuously lashing the tail. They are often spotted on grassy areas by the side of the road and around camping areas. The agile wallaby is northern Australia’s most common macropod (a family that also includes kangaroos). They have a body length of up to 80 centimetres and a tail that can be just as long. These wallabies happily forage around campsites, letting nature lovers sit quietly and watch them go about their day. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @​benrmphotos! ​#SeeAustralia

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It's not hard to see why THIS is constantly rated as one of @Australia's best views 🙌 Located in #Kakadu National Park, Gunlom is a magical spot where beautiful plunge pools combine with epic surrounds. There is a large crystal clear pool at the base of the falls and a series of smaller pools at the top. @jade_elise_collins hiked up the cliff path to the latter where she took in a spectacular sunset over the southern part of the park. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to get to Gunlom, otherwise there are a number of companies that take tours here such as @kakadutourism and @wayoutbackaus. ​If you're staying over at the popular camping area (not far from the waterfall), you'll appreciate the facilities such as the solar-powered hot showers. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jade! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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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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