Kakadu National Park is one of the absolute highlights of Australia. This fascinating park in the state of Northern Territory, a few hundred kilometers east of Darwin, is the perfect place to explore the real Aussie wilderness. It is lush, stunning and filled with fascinating wildlife - especially the world famous crocodiles.
A trip to Kakadu National Park in northern Australia are almost guaranteed a lot of experiences that will leave you feeling that you've got a taste and a firsthand experience of the 'real' Australia. Here in Australia's largest national park you will find plenty of dramatic sandstone cliffs, roaring waterfalls and an impressive flora and fauna. As the fauna goes, this area is particularly known for its many - and very big - crocodiles, but also koalas and kangaroos along with dozens of other interesting animals. Soon you will understand why Kakadu is represented on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Travelling to Kakadu National Park
To get to the park you can travel from the city of Darwin, the capital of Northern Territory. From Darwin you can either travel by car or you can join one of the many interesting adventure tours, which you can book here. The advantage of these tours is that you get the perfect introduction to this fascinating park with local guides, of which one third is aboriginees. Common to them all is that they are experts who know exactly when and where to find the interesting animals and natural phenomena. And it is not only the spectacular nature that is remarkable in Kakadu. There are also many cave paintings and cultural legacy of the Aboriginal population, which makes it an interesting place in several ways. One can easily spend a whole week in Kakadu.
Kakadu National Park is located in the region of Arnhem Land, a vast and wild territory that covers much of the Northern Territory. Plenty of tropical beaches, wild rivers and fascinating gorges - but watch out, here is lots of saltwater crocodiles and other more or less dangerous animals, so there are very few places to swim.
Highlights in Kakadu National Park
There is at least a handful of places you must see when travelling in Kakadu. Highlights here include the waterfalls Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls. These beautiful waterfalls drops from as much as 215 meters from spectacular sandstone cliffs and into the equally impressive natural pools, which in some places are safe to swim in, free from crocodiles, but remember to always check with the guides or the locals.
See also Nourlangie, with great importance to the Aboriginal population. Here you will find the best collection of cave paintings in Kakadu below the magnificent red sandstone cliffs. It’s easy to understand why this place was and is so important for the aborigines.
Don’t miss a visit to Gunlom, a breathtaking rocky ledge with a waterfall pool - we can recommend the steep walk along Waterfall Walk, which offers some breathtaking views. There is much more to see in Kakadu, for example Maguk and Ubirr - especially Maguk which is located in the southern part of the park, while Ubirr with the many paintings and magic silence is about 40 km north of the main road in Kakadu, The Arnhem Highway.
Climate in Kakadu and the Northern Territory
It becomes very wet in the rainy season in these parts of Australia between November or December and April. During this period visiting Kakadu can be difficult, as floods and thunder storms are very common. So always remember this in your planning. Hence it's easy to understand why there's much more water in the waterfalls and this time of the year, while the end of the dry season (September to November) is typically also the most uninspiring, since many things look pretty dry and empty.