Kakadu park passes
Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions apply
Travellers need to keep up-to-date with where they can travel and which areas have been declared COVID-19 hotspots, as the COVID-19 situation in Australia is continually evolving.
All visitors need to ensure that they are complying with the current travel restrictions in place by the Northern Territory Government.
You’ll need a park pass to experience Kakadu’s World Heritage wonders.
Park passes can be purchased online and are valid for 7 days.
Your park pass helps us maintain the park’s facilities, preserve its World Heritage sites and support traditional owners and their community.
Park pass prices vary depending on the season, with lower prices during the tropical summer from November to May. Park passes are free for Northern Territory residents.
Under the Australian Government’s fee waiver initiative, park passes are free to book for dates valid through to 31 December 2020.
For visits from 1 January 2021, visitors will need to buy a park pass to visit Kakadu National Park.
Where your money goes
All of the money from park passes is invested straight back into the park
Your entry fee helps us preserve Kakadu’s World Heritage–listed natural and cultural sites and provide better services and facilities for visitors, including:
Kakadu’s traditional owners also benefit – the revenue from park passes is used to support traditional homelands and provide training and business development.
Revenue from park passes only covers 7% of Kakadu’s running costs. The rest of our funding comes directly from the Australian Government.
Park access during tropical summer
Kakadu National Park is open all year round. However, rainfall and flooding can make some areas of the park inaccessible during the tropical summer.
Please check the Kakadu Access Report for the latest road, campground and visitor site closures.
What if you can’t buy a pass online?
Getting your pass online is the quickest and easiest way to start your Kakadu adventure.
If you can’t buy your pass online, you can pick one up at the following locations:
- Aurora Kakadu, Arnhem Highway, South Alligator
- Bowali Visitor Centre, Kakadu National Park, Kakadu Highway, Jabiru
- Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu Highway, Cooinda
- Humpty Doo Post Office, 340 Arnhem Hwy, Humpty Doo
- Katherine Visitor Centre, Stuart Highway and Lindsay Street, Katherine
- Mary River Wilderness Retreat, Arnhem Highway, Humpty Doo
- Two Rivers Newsagency, Jabiru Shopping Plaza, Jabiru
- Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Point Stuart Road, Mary River
- Youthshack Hostel, 69 Mitchell St, Darwin
Exemptions for special groups
Australian school groups and some media familiarisation tours are eligible for an exemption from park fees.
You may need an additional permit to visit Kakadu if you are doing research, filming, bushwalking overnight or camping outside designated areas.
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