No matter how many pictures you have seen, no matter how many docos you have watched, nothing can prepare you for the extraordinary beauty and heart this World Heritage-listed site has to offer. Whether you are roaming through the million-year-old rocks, or listening to the 20,000-year-old stories, Kakadu National Park, at the top of the Top End, will leave you speechless.
Explore Kakadu’s famous Aboriginal rock art and marvel at a stunning tropical sunset from the top of Ubirr. Make sure you are at least a crocodile’s jaw-length away as you bird-watch at sunrise on the Yellow Waterbillabong, or swallow your fear of heights (and plenty of water) as you trek to the peak of the famed Twin Falls.Kakadu is the Australia of our dreams – and in reality, it doesn’t disappoint.
KAKADU’S TOP 10
10. Bowali Visitor Centre Drop in before your expedition and you will find a wealth of information on both the local ecology and Aboriginal culture.
5. Shady Camp Jump on a tour and be on the lookout for the biggest croc in the whole park – a whopping 6m in length!
9. Koolpin Gorge Pick up a permit and go for a 4WD adventure along the white sand past seemingly endless gorges.
4. Gubara Meander through the butterflies that surround the pools scattered along this walk.
8. Mirrai Lookout Walk The steep climb is a bit of an effort, but you will be rewarded with a cracker of a view over the escarpment.
3. Gunlom Plunge Pool Soak away the inevitable sweat you have accumulated trekking around in this serene crystal-clear pool.
7. Jim Jim Falls Whether a trickle or a raging stream, these falls are a sight to behold.
2. Bardedjilidji Walk Wander though the woodlands and wetlands on one of Kakadu’s most interesting walks.
6. Yurmikmik Walks This is actually a series of interconnected walking tracks, but you will come across some lovely swimming holes along the way.
1. Nourlangie Rock The walls of this site have served as both shelter and canvas from way before the tall ships.
Make sure your esky is chock-full for an Australia Day in the heart of Oz in January.
Bring your sturdiest rod for the Aurora Kakadu Klash fishing comp each March.
During the Queen’s birthday long weekend in June, give the old girl a proper celebration at the Top End Folk Festival.
Celebrate the seasonal winds with a dance, a drink and an explosion of fireworks at the Jabiru Mahbilil Festival each September.
WHEN TO GO
· Kakadu has a far more tropical climate than the rest of the country, observing more of a wet and dry season model (some suggest it has up to six seasons a year, with very distinct conditions).
· June and August are the coolest and driest months, but also among the busiest due to the school holidays.
· If you’re on the lookout for some wildlife, the late dry season in September and October is fantastic.
· The tourist route through Kakadu is top-notch, and perfect if you are looking to drive yourself into the wilderness.
· There are also plenty of tours available, from small 4WD groups, to larger guided tours.
· To get the real picture of Kakadu in all her glory, take to the skies with a scenic flight over the breathtaking terrain.
Together with the Great Barrier Reef and Willandra Lakes Region, Kakadu National Park was the first region of Australia to achieve UNESCO World Heritage inscription. The Northern Territory park has held the official title since 1981 and still stands as one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the country.
A relatively short drive southeast of Darwin, Kakadu welcomes close to 250,000 annual visitors, on average. About the size of Slovenia, the national park is a titanic enterprise and offers a wide range of inherent attractions. Aboriginal rock art sites dot the landscape, with native rangers keen to point out that they have been in continuous use for well over 40,000 years. The biodiversity of Kakadu is no less impressive, with a remarkable concentration of fauna and flora on display, especially for those who decide to camp, boat or even fish in the national park. The Aboriginal heritage and present-day stewardship of Kakadu National Park however, brands it as special.
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Kakadu National Park has a monsoon climate, with a dry season from April to September and a wet season from October to March. Aboriginals actually recognize six distinctive seasons in the Kakadu region. Temperatures in the park run from 18°C to 38°C for the year.
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