The gateway to Arnhem Land, Kakadu’s East Alligator region boasts World Heritage rock art, ample croc-spotting opportunities and amazing sunset views.
Ubirr is one of Kakadu’s must-see sites. Its rock art tells stories dating back thousands of generations and it has one of the most stunning sunset lookouts in the world.
Follow the Ubirr walking track past fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites before ascending to a rocky lookout with superb views over the Nadab floodplain. During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about the area’s Aboriginal art and culture.
Watching the sunset at Ubirr is the highlight of many people’s Kakadu adventure. The clouds light up, wallabies dart around the escarpment and a chorus of birds says goodnight as the sun sinks behind the plain.
The Manngarre Rainforest Walk winds through monsoon forest beside the East Alligator River. Close by, Cahills Crossing features riverside picnic tables and a viewing platform over the East Alligator River. Both areas offer an excellent opportunity to watch crocodiles from a safe distance.
Warning: crocodiles are extremely dangerous. It is not safe to walk on the river crossing at any time.
The Bardedjilidji Walk leads you through layered sandstone features and is one of Kakadu’s most interesting short walks. This walk may be closed during the tropical summer.
The Sandstone and River Walk is a fairly challenging loop past Catfish Creek, floodplains, billabongs, sandstone outcrops and the East Alligator River.
Merl Campground (seasonal access) is a spacious, shady campground with hot and cold showers, toilets and generator zones.
The campground is suitable for tents, motor homes, caravans and camper trailers. Fees are collected on site.
East Alligator region map