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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.

 

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The star-studded line-up is pretty impressive at the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu)! 🤩 These large granite boulders are located an hour south of #TennantCreek in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. They call the Devils Marbles 'Karlu Karlu', which literally translates as ‘round boulders'. With no artificial light in the area to interfere, it's one of the best places in the world to stargaze. If you've always wanted to sleep under the ✨, there are a number of camp sites within the conservation reserve. Campers should be well equipped and carry their own water. Alternatively, you'll find the Devils Marbles Hotel just nine kilometres down the road! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @discoveringaus.  ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Here in the Top End, we're all about adventure! 🤠 ​Set amongst the #Litchfield region’s spectacular cathedral termite mounds and lush open floodplains, @MattWright's @TopEndSafariCamp offers the ultimate outback experience with a side of luxury 👌 Collected from #Darwin, you'll stop by Berry Springs for a dip in the turquoise water before heading to the camp and settling in to your lotus bell tell, complete with a double bed, outdoor shower, wooden decks and solar power. Activities include an introduction to Matt's incredible crocodile mates, along with an airboat tour, helicopter flight and dinner under the stars. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nicklovinadventure! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Can we take a moment to appreciate our backyard? The West MacDonnell Ranges are famous for their postcard-like scenery 😍 Shaded by towering cliffs and ghost gums, Simpsons Gap is the first of many adventure stops just west of #AliceSprings. There are several short walks nearby that show off the area’s native plants and wildlife. Our tip: Head here just before sunset; not only do the red gorge walls light up as the sun hits them, but you might also spot one of the local black-footed rock wallabies that call the area home. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jarradseng and @thehatchling. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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So, you've heard of #Litchfield National Park and all its big name attractions such as Wangi Falls and Buley Rockhole, but have you ever visited this surprising spot? Surprise Creek Falls is home to a small waterfall and a series of rock pools, perfect for a cool dip 🌴☀️ With two river crossings along the way, this spot is only accessible by four-wheel drive. The track is just a 40-minute drive off the main road and is followed by a short walk to the falls through a pretty monsoon forest. Stay a few nights at the campground and relax in this beautiful part of @TourismTopEnd, which never has too many people around at one time. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thisislivin_barry_.  ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Spring has certainly sprung in @visitcentralaus and we're here for it! 🙌  @kendallbaggerly recently ventured to Ormiston Gorge, one of the many spectacular swimming spots near #AliceSprings. This oasis in the middle of the West MacDonnell Ranges is as pretty as a picture with red rock walls, towering trees and a permanent freshwater pool. BYO picnic rug, book and floatie 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kendall. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Sail off into the sunset with us? 💜 To fully appreciate #Darwin's magnificent harbour, a boat cruise is definitely a must! Step aboard one of the many vessels and enjoy delicious canapes or a Territory-style buffet coupled with a glass (or two!) of bubbles 🍾 ​The stunning afternoon colour display is the highlight of this Top End experience with no two sunsets the same 🌅 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wanderingofftrack_. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@ParrtjimaAustralia - A Festival in Light starts tonight in #AliceSprings ✨ This annual free festival is the only authentic Aboriginal light event of its kind with 10 nights of dazzling light installations from a number of Aboriginal artists, set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Alongside the artworks you can enjoy a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local musicians. Wondering what the name means? Local, senior Arrernte people chose the name 'Parrtjima' (pronounced Parr-Chee-Ma) as it suggests shedding both light and understanding on a subject.  ​​Photos: @jameshoranphoto (Image 2&4) and @seanscottphotography (image 3) ​#NTaustralia #RedCentreNT #Parrtjima

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Hot springs straight outta heaven! 💦 Surrounded by tropical bliss, #Katherine Hot Springs is the perfect place to unwind over the dry season. This series of crystal clear pools is just like one big bath that heats to between 25-30 degrees celsius. Only a three-hour drive south of #Darwin, #Katherine is a small town with big attractions. #Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Edith Falls (Leliyn) and so much more! ​Our post-dip tip: Pack a picnic lunch and hang out at one of the grassy areas or grab something to eat at the @poprocketcafe nearby. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@kyle_hunter. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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We've struck gold with this sunrise at Yellow Water Billabong! 🌅  If this spectacular display doesn't immediately convince you to pack your bags for #Kakadu National Park, then the plethora of native wildlife, ancient landscapes and fascinating Aboriginal culture surely will! Canopied boats will steer you through the tranquil waters, where you'll see saltwater crocodiles, sea eagles, whistling ducks and buffalo across the floodplain. Cruises depart daily from Cooinda Lodge and run for 90 or 120 minutes. We definitely recommend the sunrise or sunset tours 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@shall.be.better!  ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #DoKakadu

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