Tropical summer adventure – 5 days
Thundering waterfalls, spectacular floodplains and astonishing wildlife. Connect with nature and an ancient living culture.
Nourlangie and Nawurlandja
Get going early to take in the Northern Territory on your way to Kakadu.
Take a selfie at the entry to Kakadu National Park before stopping at Aurora Kakadu Resort (South Alligator) for a quick bite to eat.
Pop into Bowali Visitor Centre to quiz staff about the park and discuss your trip. Stroll through the nature displays, watch a Kakadu documentary, and browse the local arts, crafts and books at the Marrawuddi Gallery and cafe.
Tip: Look for ranger guided activities during your visit.
Head to Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art site and lookout (1 km return walk). Wind your way through shaded rock shelters, an ancient occupational shelter and several outstanding rock art sites, discovering the way life used to be for Bininj.
Climb nearby Nawurlandja Lookout for fantastic views of the escarpment and a magical spot for sunsets.
Stay overnight in Jabiru at one of the campgrounds, hotels, lodges or cabins. Refuel and restock at the supermarket and dine at the Crocodile Hotel for some locally-inspired cuisine.
During the wet season the landscape is green, rivers and billabongs are brimming, and the spectacular waterfalls are flowing. The best ways to see Kakadu at this time can be by air and out on the water.
After breakfast head to Jabiru Airport for a once-in-a-lifetime scenic flight. Return to Jabiru and stretch your legs with a walk around Jabiru Lake – take a picnic lunch with you.
Take a boat trip on the Magela floodplain to Ubirr art site in the afternoon – you’ll be collected in Jabiru by your tour guide who’ll give you an insight into culture and bush survival skills as you cruise. The moderate walk at Ubirr weaves past some of Kakadu’s best rock art before a climb to Ubirr lookout. Here you’ll take in one of Kakadu’s most breathtaking vistas – a 360-degree view of the Nadab floodplain.
Stay overnight in Jabiru.
Glide the wetlands and walk the forest
Start the day gliding over the wetlands, then walk through shady monsoon forest pools to escape the heat of the day.
Depart Jabiru at 5.45 am and drive 45 minutes to Yellow Water Wetlands for a spectacular sunrise cruise followed by breakfast. Head to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre at mid-morning to discover Kakadu’s living cultural heritage where you’ll learn about kinship and hear some personal stories from local Bininj.
Note: Be Crocwise – no swimming
On your drive out, take a short detour to Mirrai Lookout (3.6 km return walk). You’ll find a moderate uphill walk takes you up to a peaceful platform on Mount Cahill surrounded by trees.
Return to Jabiru for dinner and relax by the pool at Kakadu Lodge.
An adventurous bushwalk and a tailored tour
An extended bushwalk today through sandstone country and past ancient rock art galleries will immerse you in Kakadu’s natural and cultural wonders.
Leave Jabiru early and head for Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) before branching off the lookout track onto the Barrk Sandstone Walk. This is a 12 km walk through the sandstone country of Nourlangie and past the ancient Nanguluwurr rock art site. Take plenty of water, a hat, sturdy footwear and a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, return to Cooinda and book a tour. Birdwatching, chartered fishing and photography tours are all available.
Stay at Cooinda Lodge and enjoy barramundi at the bistro. You can refuel and purchase snacks and supplies here for your last day.
Dazzling stone country
On your last day farewell the wetlands and say hello to stone country. This is the home of Kakadu’s Jawoyn traditional owners.
Leave Cooinda in the morning with a packed lunch and experience Gungurul (4 km return walk). This serene walk takes you past the South Alligator River and up a moderate climb to a lookout with views across the spectacular valley. You can also drop into Bukbukluk Lookout (400 m gentle return walk) for beautiful vistas of stone country. Keep an eye out for birds and wallabies.
Stop at Mary River Ranger Station to see old mining relics and read stories about the fight for land rights in the area by Jawoyn people.
Say farewell to Kakadu and relax on the 3 hour drive back to Darwin. Pop into Emerald Springs Roadhouse for a break along the way.