Getting to Kakadu National Park is easy. Take a look at the options below to find one that suits you.
Flight hubs are at Darwin and Alice Springs, from there, choose whether you hire a vehicle or jump on a tour to get to the park. Currently there aren’t any commercial flights to Kakadu.
If you’re travelling from overseas, you may need to fly into one of the major cities first and then take another flight to Darwin or Alice Springs.
Drive from Darwin
If you like a roadtrip, self-drive from Darwin on the Stuart Highway then the Arnhem Highway. For those without personal transport you can hire a 2WD vehicle, 4WD or motor home in Darwin. The journey takes about three hours and there are NT sights to explore along the way. See our suggested itineraries for ideas.
Or sit back, relax, and make friends by joining a bus or 4WD tour from Darwin.
Explore the park by hiring a 2WD vehicle, 4WD or motorhome from Katherine. Take the Stuart Highway followed by the Kakadu Highway – it will take you about three hours.
From Alice Springs
The trail from Alice Springs to Kakadu is often known as the Red Centre Way. It’s an iconic roadtrip up the centre of Australia – and one you’ll never forget! Take a tour or self-drive at your own pace.
Tip: If you are self-driving, refuel your vehicle as frequently as possible. Unleaded and leaded petrol and diesel fuel are available at Aurora Kakadu (at South Alligator), Jabiru, Cooinda and Mary River Roadhouse.
It’s also a good idea to check the park’s daily access report for the latest updates on road conditions and seasonal closures.
Kakadu National Park map
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