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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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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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Lasting for sometimes hours at a time, breathtaking lightning shows have begun thundering across #Kakadu National Park in what is known as Lightning Season. Six seasons are recognised in the region, based on thousands of years of Aboriginal knowledge. Kunumeleng is the pre-monsoon storm season which spans from mid-October to late December, but can last from a few weeks to several months. The lookout at Ubirr is famous for its sunsets but it's also one of the best places to watch the storms over the stone country. Currently open from 2pm-sunset, you can wander along the 1 kilometre circuit walk past various aboriginal rock art displays before making your way up to the viewpoint. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @camblakephotography!

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Welcome to Nawurlandja Lookout - this winning wet season location can be found deep in #Kakadu National Park. It offers incredible views across Anbangbang Billabong to Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment. As far as lookouts go, it's the ultimate place to sit and take in the ancient landscape at #sunset or watch a tropical storm roll in over the next couple of months. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @camblakephotography! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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The colossal Jim Jim Falls is #Kakadu National Park's biggest waterfall 🙏 During the wet season 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 at its tropical summer best! 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, @jarradseng. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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