Kakadu park passes
Everyone needs a park pass to visit Kakadu. Your pass includes free ranger guided walks, talks and cultural activities.
You’ll also be supporting Kakadu’s traditional owners and helping preserve the park for future generations.
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.
Park passes are valid for 7 days by default. This can be extended to 14 days at no extra cost.
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:
- Youthshack Hostel, 69 Mitchell St, Darwin
- Self Drive Shop, 440 Stuart Highway, Winnellie, Darwin
- Bowali Visitor Centre, Kakadu National Park, Kakadu Highway, Jabiru
- Two Rivers Newsagency, Jabiru Shopping Plaza, Jabiru
- Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu Highway, Cooinda
- Aurora Kakadu, Arnhem Highway, South Alligator
- Katherine Visitor Centre, Stuart Highway and Lindsay Street, Katherine
- Mary River Wilderness Retreat, Arnhem Highway, Humpty Doo
- Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Point Stuart Road, Mary River.
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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