Yellow Water Cruise
Kakadu Tourism's Yellow Water Cruise sets sail from Cooinda, just over 50 kilometres south of Jabiru. The boat will take you across the Yellow Water billabong, at the end of Jim Jim Creek, which feeds into the South Alligator River.
Cruise through the wetlands and observe the multitude of bird species found in the park, including the native eagles and the magpie geese, while catching a glimpse of the King of Kakadu – the saltwater crocodile. The tour operation is 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned and is simply a must. Cruises operate throughout the day but the most popular tours are at sunrise or sunset.
Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
Just 45 minutes from Jabiru is the East Alligator River, one of the Territory's most pristine and untouched waterways. The Guluyambi Cultural Cruise takes you down the river, past the stunning rock formations, along the secluded inlets and coves. You'll observe a number of local birds and reptiles, and there might even be a special guest appearance from a water buffalo.
Tours are conducted by an Aboriginal guide, who will give you an insight into local Aboriginal culture and mythology, along with the traditional uses for many plants and animals.
Yellow Water Fishing
Alright, you've come so close to the flora and fauna of Kakadu National Park – now it’s time to throw out a line! The Yellow Water Fishing tour takes you to some of the world's best and most picturesque fishing spots.
Whether you're an expert angler or an absolute novice, you'll get the inside scoop from professional fishermen about how to snag yourself a barramundi – and if you do manage to reel a big fella in, you'll have the choice of keeping him for dinner or thanking him very much for the experience and throwing him back.
Kakadu Tourism Adventure Tours
While we encourage you to see as much of Kakadu National Park as possible, some of it is simply too hard for regular vehicles to access. This is where Kakadu Tourism 4WD Adventure Tours comes in. Set off in a modern four-wheel-drive to check out the scenery, swimming holes and waterfalls that are denied to all but a precious few.
Do it yourself: the Nature's Way self-drive route
Tours are a great way to kick back and save the energy of organising, but a do-it-yourself trek across the Territory lets you channel your inner explorer and carve your own journey. There is more than enough to see and do in Kakadu National Park, but if you want an amazing self-driving adventure, one of the best loops in the Top End is the Nature's Way self-drive route. It takes you through Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Litchfield National Park and Darwin, and if you want to do it right, we recommend you take at least a week. Of course, a fortnight is even better!
Most people start the journey in Darwin, but that's the best part about Nature's Way - you can begin the adventure anywhere on the loop and end up back where you started. The drive from Darwin to Jabiru in Kakadu National Park is about three hours - just take a left from the Stuart Highway onto the Arnhem Highway and you're on your way. There is heaps to keep you occupied along the way, such as the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, or the Adelaide River Queen Cruises jumping crocodile experience - get up close to Australia's most impressive predators. Once you get to Jabiru, we recommend staying three nights, so you can fully explore Kakadu National Park.
On day 4 of your week-long journey, take the 3-hour drive to Katherine via Pine Creek. Head down the Kakadu Highway in the direction of Pine Creek, a pioneering town which hit its boom a century ago in the gold rush. Check out the traditional buildings before stopping in to Mayse's Cafe for lunch. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time - the place is decorated in Elvis and Marilyn Monroe posters – but the portion sizes are true Northern Territory. Once you've filled up, check if you need to do the same for the petrol tank and then head off towards Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge.
Settle down for the night in Katherine, then spend the following day exploring Nitmiluk Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park - you can discover the area by foot, cruise boat, canoe or even helicopter! Cool off at Leliyn/Edith Falls or warm yourself in the Katherine Hot Springs, thermal pools on the bank of the Katherine River (open from April to November).
Spend another night in Katherine then it's time for the 3-hour drive to Litchfield National Park. Once there, follow the local signs to swimming holes and walking tracks – or take a look at Litchfield's 'Lost City' or its famous magnetic termite mounds. As with everywhere in the Territory, be sure to check local updates and see if swimming is permitted – particularly from November to April.
On your last day, before you drive to Darwin, stop off at Berry Springs, a secluded swimming hole known mostly by Territory locals, which is a great place for a refreshing dip. Grab some lunch at the local kiosk then complete the loop in Darwin. The week-long journey (or longer!) will be an unforgettable Outback adventure.