When approaching the park from the Arnhem Highway, this region is your first connection with Kakadu. It’s well-known for its plentiful birdlife - and the magnificent South Alligator River is a popular spot to fish for the iconic barramundi.
Mamukala Wetlands (open mid April - January) is beautiful all year round. It is at its most sensational in the late dry season (September – October) when thousands of magpie geese congregate to feed. An observation platform allows you to view the bird life and a mural illustrates the seasonal changes that occur through the year.
This is a prime spot for people who love to sit quietly and watch birds and wildlife, and there are lots of opportunities for film and photography enthusiasts to get great close-up shots.
If you’re craving a bit of adventure off the highway there is a 4WD track (dry season only) to central billabongs where you can spot birds, bush camp, relax and get away from it all.
Aurora Kakadu Resort has motel rooms, tent sites, powered and unpowered van sites, restaurant, store and guest pool. The resort store sells petrol, diesel, food and souvenirs.
South Alligator region map