Kakadu National Park

Connect with Bininj/Mungguy country and culture as our park rangers guide you through some of Kakadu’s stunning sites.

Our 2018 program of activities with interpretive rangers and traditional owners runs through the dry season until September.

Spend time with local Aboriginal artists learning how to weave or paint. Join a park ranger as they explain Kakadu’s diverse habitats and point out wildlife and significant plants. Explore rock art and occupation sites on a guided walk or learn more about our nature and culture at a fascinating slideshow.

All ranger guided activities are included in the cost of your park pass.

For more information on ranger guided activities, please call the Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru on 08 8938 1120, or Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Yellow Water on 08 8979 0051.

Plan ahead for a great day out

Pack your park pass and visitor guide and arrive at your activity site 10 minutes early. See below for what to bring and other handy hints.

Art site talks and guided walks

  • Meet rangers at the start of walking track or individual art site.
  • Take water – one litre per hour, per person.
  • Take a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bring your camera and/or binoculars.

Cultural activities and evening presentations

  • Look out for signage to direct you to your activity.
  • Take a chair or groundsheet.
  • Take insect repellent.
  • Don’t forget your camera.
  • Bring a torch for evening activities.

Join ranger guided activities

Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art. Photo by Peter Eve, Tourism NT.

Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art – talks

Monday–Friday, 9.00–11.00 am

The Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) rock art talks offer an insight into the culture of the Bininj/Mungguy people through three different ranger-guided experiences.

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Aboriginal acrylic painting. Photo by Tourism NT.

Cultural activities at Merl campground

Mondays and Thursdays, various times

Learn traditional painting or weaving with local Bininj at the beautiful Merl campground.

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Ubirr rock art. Photo by Shaana McNaught, Tourism NT.

Ubirr Rock Art Talks

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9.00–11.00 am and Monday–Thursday, 4.10–6.10 pm

Join rangers in the north of the park for Ubirr rock art talks. Listen to traditional stories, see incredible rock art and be rewarded with the breathtaking views over the Nadab floodplains.

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Storm over the floodplains. Photo by Tourism NT

Kakadu's six seasons – slideshow

Mondays, 7.30–8.30 pm

Learn about the six distinct seasons of Kakadu.

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Visitors at Nanguluwur rock art site. Photo by Peter Eve, TourismNT.

Connecting through time with rock art – walk

Tuesdays, 8.00–10.00 am

A ranger guided walk through country, looking at plants and animals from both Bininj (Aboriginal people in the north of the park) and Balanda (visitor) perspectives.

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Crocodile at Cahills Crossing

Croc tales – talk

Tuesdays, 5.30–6.30 pm

Our park rangers explain all they know about Kakadu's crocodiles and share local history and safety tips.

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Kakadu rangers on an airboat

A ranger's life behind the scenes – slideshow

Tuesdays, 7.30–8.30 pm

Join Kakadu park rangers and go behind the scenes in this slideshow to discover the diverse and important roles and daily challenges they face to look after and manage this amazing 20,000 sq km landscape.

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Bardedjilidji Walk

Explore riverside stone country – walk

Wednesdays, 8.30–10.00 am

Discover Kakadu’s riverside stone country habitats in the East Alligator region with the ranger guided Bardedjilidji walk. 

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A ranger and visitor viewing the mural at Mamukala Bird Hide

Seasonal changes in Kakadu’s wetlands – walk

Thursdays, 8.00–9.30 am

Find out how the floodplains and their birds, flora and fauna change and evolve through the seasons in Kakadu on a guided walk through Mamukala Wetlands.

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Nawurlandja. Photo by Maurice Mathey.

Sunset over stone country – walk

Thursdays, 5–6.30 pm

Take the ranger guided walk through Nawurlandja at sunset and discover how Bininj have adapted to this contrasting landscape to efficiently use each habitat's resources.

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Crocodile at Kapalga Causeway

Kinga – saltwater crocodile slideshow

Thursdays, 7.30–8.30 pm

Kakadu is crocodile country. Discover the history and behaviour of the 'kinga' (saltwater crocodile) with Kakadu's park rangers.

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A savanna woodland. Photo by Northern Pictures

Wonders of savanna woodlands – walk

Fridays, 8.30–10.00 am

Explore the tropical savanna woodlands of the Yellow Water region.

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Mertens' water monitor

Kakadu's wildlife – slideshow

Fridays, 1.30–2.30 pm

Join our rangers for an slideshow exploring the wildlife found in Kakadu. Learn about animal behaviours and the many rare and endemic species that live in the park.

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Gunlom Falls Walk. Photo by Tourism NT.

Reflecting on creation and history – walk

Friday, 5.00–6.30 pm and Saturday, 8.00–9.30 am

Learn how the Jawoyn people maintain strong ties to the creation stories of this area on this challenging but fruitful walk.

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Fish cooking on hot coals. Photo by Glenn Campbell.

Southern Kakadu stories

Fridays, 7.30–8.30 pm

Join park rangers to learn about the history of the three Jawoyn clan groups and the bush tucker, hunting methods and medicines this ancient culture uses in their daily lives.

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Traditional painting

Pop-up weaving and painting – Bowali

Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.30 am

Come and join local artists and weavers in the gardens at Bowali Visitor Centre to learn traditional painting and weaving techniques.

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Painting at Bowali

Traditional painting with Lightning Arts 'n' Artifacts

Every second Sunday, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Join a local artist from Lighting Arts 'n' Artifacts for some traditional painting on the lawns of Bowali Visitor Centre.

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Traditional weaving

Pop-up weaving at Warradjan

Various days, mid-morning to noon

Come and join local ladies in the gardens at Warradjan Cultural Centre to learn traditional weaving techniques.

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