Pick up your 4WD
Nothing says ‘adventure holiday’ more than picking up the keys to your hired 4WD. Your car will be ready and waiting for you when you land at Darwin airport, so you can hightail it straight out of town and head east into the wilderness.
Get up close and personal with jumping crocs
Your first stop, about one hour from Darwin, is at the Adelaide River. Here, you’re booked in for the Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise – a never-to-be-forgotten experience that puts you within reach of these incredible, prehistoric creatures. Watch the crocs leap straight up out of the water with pure power and precision; and snap some incredible pics to share with friends back home.
Drive in to Kakadu
Following your hour-long cruise, get back on the Arnhem Highway to finish your drive to Kakadu National Park. You’re about to arrive at one of the most remarkable and revered places on earth. Your accommodation tonight is the Mercure Crocodile Hotel Jabiru, which is ideally located up near the north-east corner of Kakadu. Take a quick dip in the cooling pool before heading off for an afternoon and evening you’ll remember forever.
Watch the sun set at Ubirr
Ubirr, about an hour north of Jabiru, is one of Kakadu’s most famous sites. It’s home to a remarkably pristine collection of rock art featuring fish, turtles, goanna and other native animals – there’s even a painting of a thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger). Allow about an hour to view the rock art before climbing up to the rocky lookout, where you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of Arnhem Land and the Nadab floodplain. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun set over your first day in the Northern Territory.