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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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Looking for a new adventure that'll see you exploring World-Heritage listed monsoon forest, towering stone escarpments and inviting plunge pools? Jim Jim Falls in #Kakadu National Park is now open for the dry season 🙌 This well known part of the park, famous for its astonishing cliffs and thundering waterfalls, 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 when you get there, all surrounded by dramatic Jurassic Park-style scenery. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amani_hawai! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Welcome to #Kakadu National Park's best kept secret 😍 Located in the southern part of park, Moline Rockhole is a beautiful little waterfall and swimming hole not far off the main road (Kakadu Highway). It's not signposted and most people just drive past it when they are visiting the nearby waterfall Gunlom. You'll find the turnoff 5 kilometres after the Mary River ranger station, down a little dirt road - be aware you'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get in! This hidden gem is a 'special permit area' in which only a few select tour operators are allowed to access so you'll often have the place to yourselves. The water here is crystal clear so make sure you pack your snorkelling gear. You'll find many little fish and if you're lucky, a turtle or two swimming in the rockpool with you.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @goldiekatie_! #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #TourismTopEnd

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Profoundly spiritual, rich history, and views that make you feel almost insignificant... that's Ubirr in a nutshell 💚 Ubirr (pronounced oo-bir) is home to some of #Kakadu National Park's most famous rock art and is an area 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, the park's most famous spot for #sunset 🙌 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, @jonny.melon. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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@SeeKakadu serves up such spectacular sunsets 😍 @bee_pinkydoony recently witnessed these dreamy colours at Yellow Water Billabong in the heart of the World Heritage-listed national park. Cruises operate here with @KakaduTourism from sunrise to sunset, winding their way through the distinct ecosystems of this ever-changing landscape. With a third of @Australia's bird species located in #Kakadu, you’ll see dozens of different species, from the snake-necked darters drying their wings beside the water to tiny azure kingfishers hiding in the foliage 🐦 Stay at nearby Cooinda Lodge and make sure you don't miss a stunning show like this - you'll need at least a few days to explore the region! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @alice.bowden. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu #DoKakadu

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Welcome to "winter" in @TourismTopEnd 😎 If you're visiting #Kakadu National Park, a swim at Gunlom is a definite must! These clear rock pools are located high on the Kakadu escarpment 🙌 It's roughly a two kilometre return climb to the infinity-style plunge pool, but it's well worth the effort...you'll feel as though you're swimming on the edge of the earth! You can spend the night at the popular campground near the base of the falls, where you'll find another large plunge pool made famous in the 1986 movie ‘Crocodile Dundee’. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @elisecook. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Watching the sun come up should be a mandatory activity in #Kakadu National Park - it's way too good to miss, hey @jasoncharleshill! There are a number of well known places within the park to watch the early morning show, however Nawurlandja Lookout has to be one of our favourites 😍 Following a short clamber up a relatively steep rock slope, you'll have world-class views across Anbangbang Billabong to Nourlangie Rock (Burrungkuy) and the #ArnhemLand escarpment. This peaceful spot is great for sitting back and taking in first light or watching the changing colours at the end of the day. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Jason. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Flying high over ancient #Kakadu National Park ✨ 🚁 From this spectacular vantage point you’ll see the most astonishing side of @Australia's largest national park... ancient sandstone plateaus, sheer escarpments, endless savannah forest, white sand beaches, winding rivers and expanses of floodplains. One of Kakadu's most impressive waterfalls, Jim Jim Falls is a sight to behold year round whether it's in full flow or reduced to a trickle during the drier months (April-September). With the dry season having just begun in the Top End, ground access will soon be available again for travellers wanting to visit these falls. Tip: You'll need a four-wheel drive to get to Jim Jim! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jasoncharleshill. #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. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @katienanton! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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You might have gone for a dip in a natural waterhole before, but we bet you've never seen a view quite like this 🙌 #Kakadu National Park's Gunlom Plunge Pool overlooks the stunning southern hills and ridges of the park and is made up of a series of clear pools. While the climb to the top is relatively steep, we promise it's well worth your while!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @sarahreuben. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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