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Kakadu National Park

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Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu National Park is teeming with wildlife, home to important Aboriginal rock art sites, and takes in diverse and exotic landscapes.

This has earned it a World Heritage listing for both its cultural and natural values.

Kakadu is rich in natural beauty and has an abundance of native wildlife.

Bininj/Mungguy people have lived on and cared for this country for 65,000 years. Come to marvel at some of the park's prolific rock art, and get a sense of one of the longest historical records of any group of people on earth.

As you explore you will see a sample of the more than 2,000 plant species, a quarter of Australia's freshwater fish species and more than a third of its birds that are resident in the park. Join a cruise to see saltwater crocodiles, and go mad with the camera at sunrise and sunset. Challenge yourself to tackle one of the extensive network of four-wheel drive and bushwalking trails.

Kakadu is three hours from Darwin on the Nature's Way tourism drive.

Things to see & do in Kakadu

  • Information

    Activities

    • Galleries Museums and Collections
    • Historical Sites and Heritage Locations
    • Landmarks and Buildings
    • National Parks and Reserves
    • Natural Attractions
    • Parks and Gardens
    • Shopping and Markets

    Opening times

    Daily, 24 hours. NB. Some areas are inaccessible in the wet season

    Entry cost

    • Indicative Prices tickets from $25 to $40
      Dry Season Adults $40.00 Seniors Concession $30.00 Tropical Summer Adults $25.00 Seniors Concession $19.00
    • Child tickets from $12.50 to $20.00
      Dry Season Children 5-15 years $20.00 0-4 years - free Tropical Summer Children 5-15 years $12.50 0-4 years - free

    Facilities

    • Carpark
    • Coach Parking
    • Picnic Area
    • Public Toilet

    Activities

    • Four Wheel Driving
    • Birdwatching
    • Camping
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Walk
    • Hiking

    Accreditation

    • World Heritage
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  • FAQS

    Can Kakadu National Park be done as a day trip?

    It's possible to do a day trip to Kakadu from Darwin, and a few tour operators offer one-day options. We recommend spending more time if possible - there is just too much to see and do! Try to spend at least a couple of days and nights here.

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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Kakadu National Park?

    A park pass is required, which you can buy online. Permits may be needed for fishing and camping. It's best to refer to the Kakadu National Park website for more details.

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    How do I get around Kakadu National Park?

    A great way to get around is to drive yourself which gives you the freedom the explore the region at your own pace. Some roads can only be accessed by 4WD. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, there are plenty of operators who run tours into Kakadu. Check out the Kakadu National Park website for information on road access and guided tours.

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    How do I get to Kakadu National Park?

    There are plenty of guided tours that run daily from Darwin, or you can drive yourself. It's around 3 hours' drive (256 km) from Darwin to Jabiru, the main township in Kakadu National Park. You can also take the 3-hour drive (303 km) north to Jabiru from Katherine, via the south entrance of Kakadu National Park at Pine Creek. Alternatively, you can fly into the park on a light aircraft charter.

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    How far is Kakadu National Park from Darwin?

    The main town in Kakadu is Jabiru, located in the north of the park. From Jabiru to Darwin is 3 hours' drive (256 km).

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    What are the major attractions at Kakadu National Park?

    Don't miss the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr, the natural infinity pool at Gunlom, and the beauty of Jim Jim and Twin Falls. Get out on the water with a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise or marvel at the sunset on a Yellow Water cruise.

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    What should I bring with me to Kakadu National Park?

    We recommend you bring comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, first aid kit, insect repellent, and that you always carry plenty of drinking water. You may also wish to bring a camera and binoculars to spot the birds and wildlife that the park is famous for.

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    When is the best time to visit Kakadu National Park?

    Kakadu is popular year-round, and the different seasons all offer something special. Between May and October the nights are cool and the days are warm, and it's easy to access everything in the park. From November to April the energy of the wet season is unleashed with tropical storms and flowing rivers a sight to behold.

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    Where should I go next from Kakadu National Park?

    Kakadu National Park is full of surprises. Heading north-east you can see the rugged wonder of Arnhem Land (you will need a permit). Venture south to visit Nitmiluk National Park and Nitmiluk Gorge. To the west is the Mary River region and Darwin. Follow the Nature's Way drive loop to take in Litchfield National Park.

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