Kakadu National Park

Discover Kakadu’s natural beauty, diverse wildlife and rich heritage on this five day outback journey of a lifetime. 

Darwin to Kakadu and beyond

Today, kick off your adventure with a leisurely drive from Darwin to Kakadu.

Depart Darwin at 8.00 am for a 250 km drive to Kakadu. Just 45 minutes from Darwin, near Fogg Dam, engage with local Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife at Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours.

Stop at Aurora Kakadu Resort (South Alligator) for a snack then discover some of Kakadu’s 280 bird species at Mamukala Bird Hide (300 m walk).

Spend the afternoon at Bowali Visitor Centre – chat with staff, ask them questions and learn more of Kakadu’s history at the interpretive displays. You can also watch documentaries, and explore the local Indigenous arts, crafts and books at the Marrawuddi Gallery and cafe.

For your first night, stay in Jabiru at the Crocodile Hotel. You can also get fuel and food at the supermarket.

Rock art, a river cruise and croc spotting

Today, study world-class rock art, take a cultural river cruise and count crocs.

Depart Jabiru at 8.00 am and head to Ubirr rock art site. A short walk through the stone escarpments reveals a wealth of Kakadu’s best rock art. Next climb to Ubirr lookout –relax and marvel at the beauty and scale of the view over the Nadab floodplain. Book a guided tour of the area with a knowledgeable local Aboriginal guide, Victor Cooper, owner of Ayal Tours to see Kakadu through Indigenous eyes.

Stop off at Border Store for lunch and then head to nearby Cahills Crossing for some crocodile spotting.

After lunch take the Manngarre Rainforest Walk (1.2 km return walk) which starts near East Alligator River downstream boat ramp. For something different, discover Indigenous stories and bush survival skills on the guided Guluyambi Cultural Boat Cruise.

Stay at Jabiru in a troppo cabin at Anbinik Resort.

Kakadu through Indigenous eyes

Today, feel the spirits on country, and see Kakadu through Indigenous eyes.

Set out from Jabiru at 8.00 am and head to Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site (1 km return walk) which served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years. You’ll wind through shaded rock shelters, discovering the way life used to be for Bininj.

Tip: Join a ranger guided activity – numerous sessions run during the dry season and they’re included in the price of your park pass.

Walk through woodlands to a quiet rock art site at Nourlangie (Burrungkuy), known as Nanguluwur (3.4 km return walk). Then head to Anbangbang Billabong (2.5 km loop walk) which offers a tranquil and picturesque place to bushwalk, spot birds and wildlife, and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Stay overnight at Cooinda Lodge. Enjoy some local barramundi at the bistro.

Jim Jim and Twin Falls

Today, explore the dramatic scenery of escarpment country with a local guide on a 4WD tour, or drive yourself if you have a 4WD.

Drive, or book a guided tour from Cooinda, into the Jim Jim and Twin Falls area to see the ancient gorges, towering cliffs and plunge pools up close. Look out for Garnamarr (red-tailed black cockatoo) and lots of other birds and wildlife.

For anyone less physically active, try booking a tour to Maguk plunge pool, and learn about nature and history in the Mary River region of Kakadu.

Stay overnight at Cooinda Lodge.

Yellow Water and Warradjan

Learn about the intricate web of life in Kakadu’s wetlands, continue your cultural explorations and visit a special rock art site

First up, wake up with Kakadu’s wonderful birds on the Yellow Water Wetlands sunrise cruise. This stunning waterway is home to hundreds of birds and animal species. Take your camera!

Explore Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Cooinda for stories about Kakadu’s living Indigenous culture, kinship and European history.

Say ‘bobo’ (farewell) to Kakadu and begin the three hour drive back to Darwin. Half an hour before you reach Darwin drop in at the Didgeridoo Hut and Gallery on the corner of Arnhem and Stuart Highways in Humpty Doo. The friendly gallery has beautiful authentic artworks and didgeridoos, perfect for a souvenir or special gift.