When to come

No matter what time of year you visit Kakadu, there is always something to see and do.

The dry season runs from April to October each year. This is the most popular time to visit, with most of our visitor sites open. It's wise to book your accommodation in advance, as the hotels get busy at this time of year.

The tropical summer (or wet season) is from November to March. It brings vivid green landscapes, spectacular flooding, electrifying afternoon storms and the chance to explore with fewer visitors. Flooding closes a number of attractions, but popular areas such as Nourlangie and Yellow Water are open all year round. Board a scenic flight to see thundering waterfalls in full flow, when ground access is closed by flooding. Want some inspiration? Check out our suggested dry and summer season itineraries.

Curious about our seasons? Kakadu's Aboriginal owners recognise six seasons, signposted by subtle changes in weather, which plants are in flower, and which bush foods are abundant.

  • Seasons

    Kakadu has six seasons, based on thousands of years of Aboriginal knowledge.

    Read more on the seasons
  • Dogs in the park

    In accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 it is not permitted to bring animals inside the national park unless they are a guide dog, hearing dog, or assistance animal used by a person with a disability.

    People can "transit" through the park (e.g. travelling directly from Darwin to Jabiru) but the dog would not be permitted to leave the vehicle at any time.

    If people have a dog, it is best to leave them in a kennel in Darwin or Katherine prior to visiting - it is a fineable offence if they bring pets into the park without companion certification from a doctor.

  • Itineraries

    See our suggested itineraries for the wet and dry seasons.

    Read more on itineraries