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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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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. With the wet season fast approaching and limited ground access to a number of popular spots (due to flooding), a scenic flight is a must over the summer months - the mighty rock formations and surging water make for unforgettable viewing! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_danieltran_. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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There are a number of well known places within #Kakadu National 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 a tropical summer storm roll in during the afternoon. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @rachstewartnz! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Our tropical summer sunrises are something else 💜 Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is a haven for wildlife, particularly a wide variety of birds. There are a handful of different walks to choose from, all of which allow you to really explore the wetland area... without getting your feet wet! Wander along the easy paths through shady forests of paperbark and stop at the various lookouts and viewing platforms for stunning views across the floodplains. The reserve is only a 45 minute drive from #Darwin and a great stop on the way to #Kakadu National Park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @rachstewartnz! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Are you planning a trip to #Kakadu National Park? A Yellow Water Cruise is a definite must! If the spectacular sunsets don’t convince you alone, there is also a heap of native wildlife. Take a cruise with @KakaduTourism and prepare yourself for an epic animal spotting adventure... you’ll see wild buffalo, crocodiles, wild horses and a bucket load of local bird species! Cruises operate from sunrise to sunset, winding their way through the distinct ecosystems of Yellow Water Billabong and tributaries of the South Alligator River. These spectacular wetlands are just minutes from Cooinda Lodge; a great base to explore the southern region of the park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@ysmnwlsh! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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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. But while it’s closed by road, it’s still possible to see it from the air! Hop on a scenic flight tour for incredible views of the waterfall in full flow 🙌 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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