Kakadu National Park – Day Trip

Kakadu National Park, Ubirr Rock

 Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Australia +61 8 8938 1120 Website 12am – 11:59pm Darwin Campervan Hire

thirdfocus (contributor)

I was recommended this trip by a friend who said it was one of the best things she did in Australia. I agree, it was fantastic.

Spent 3 days on a guided tour round Kakadu with Gondwana tours. The group was small (9 of us including the guide) and we spent each night camping by a billabong. Each day was spent driving or hiking round different parts of the park, swimming in waterfalls and rivers and learning about the flora, fauna and aboriginal history.

The scenery was stunning, and the wildlife amazing. In 3 days we managed to see wallabies, frilled neck lizards, snakes, ostriches, boars, bats, crocodiles, kookabura, parrots and many more.

The guide was fantastic, extremely professional, knowledgeable and obviously passionate about his job.

unreevewoodstock (contributor)

Kakadu is nature at your door according to the travel brochures. It was a long drive to find the door I might tell you…300k each way so you could even say you had been there and seen the door from the outside!

Well one day does not really even begin to show you this marvellous place…just makes you wish you were staying over with your 4Wd, camping gear and Zig ( V.Ter 1+1) who is a park ranger and knows it all.

On our way we travelled on the Arnhem Highway passed through Humpty Doo (great name) and had a break at The Bark Hut. You will see a photo of our coach overtaking a road train. If you drive yourself know what you are in for on the roads….see my tip. This monster had 86 wheels!

We visited the Waradjon Cultural Centre, cruised on Yellow Water to view the wild life, had a mediocre lunch IMO and as a climax climbed around the Nourlangie Aboriginal site. The latter is a bit of a climb so mind yourself

foreverciky (contributor)

Booked a day trip out of Darwin through the YHA at a cost of $AU134 plus entrance fee. Picked up behind the YHA alternately there is hotel pick up at 6.30am. We drove for about 90 mins before stopping for breakfast at own cost I had a hot muffin straight from the oven they also do full cooked breakfasts.
Unfortunately 1 day does not do justice to Kakadu but if like me you are stuck for time don’t miss it. Of course you must chose the right time of year because of the wet and dry season. Most of the park is closed from Nov-May because of the rain. I was lucky going the first week of May although we didn’t get to see as much bird life or crocoldiles as I had hoped simply because they are spoilt for choice with all the water.

bruceradon (contributor)

Well, as mentioned in my intro, most people are here to visit Kakadu and Litchfield national parks which I think are fantastic and 2 of Australias best! so they are definate must do’s! Litchfield can be done in a day trip. Kakadu is usually done in a 3 day/2 night camping trip. Best time to go is June to October when all the crocs have been cleared away and the waterfalls are all open(Jim Jim falls being the big attraction). I was dumb enough to do a day trip, you just cant see it in a day!($141 for the day with Aussie Adventure tours).

In the city of Darwin, its a fantastic city to get hammered! cheap beer and everyone else seems pissed so it seems rude not to join in!

Mindil beach, the main beach, just a 20 minute walk from town is very quiet and nice place to chill out and watch sunset! In Summer the crocs will be in the sea so you cant enter! They have a great market here twice a week in winter, definately worth visiting.They have all kinds of clothes, jewellery and food!

Visit Cullen Bay, about a 20 minute walk from town, its a rich area with nice appartments, yachts, and fancy restaurants!

The museum is pretty food, theyve got a huge stinger box jellyfish in a glass case. Also theyve got a stuffed crocodile, ‘sweetheart’, a 5.5 metre saltie, who scared the crap out of fisherman in the area for years!

Alexander lake, a short drive from city is nice place to spend an arvo chilling out!

Visit the pubs and get hammered!

cheapbrora (contributor)

Kakadu National Park is one of the best parks in all of Australia. It is filled with wildlife, Aboriginal paintings, and plenty of natural wonders. It is an experience that should not be missed.

quareinverse (contributor)

“Bininj/Mungguy and their creation ancestors have painted in rock shelters for thousands of years”
Welcome to the Aboriginal Lands of Kakadu National Park guide book.

Straight ffrom the guide book.

belaymab (contributor)

The design of the buidling represents a pig-nosed turtle. Lots of information about Aboriginal culture around Kakadu. Open daily 9-5pm

allowlistle (contributor)

The art work tells the stories of the traditional owners of Kakadu. It is fenced off and not to be touched, it is an art gallery.

eclipseeleanor (contributor)

This is wonderful boat trip along the Yellow Water wetlands. Cruises last about one to one and half hours and well worth it. The guide/driver we had was particularly good and we stopped at many locations along the way to get a good look at the crocodiles or the bird life which was abundant.

domwordpress (contributor)

You can book a tour from Darwin for this or from Cooinda. It is a tour which requires a 4WD and I believe a guide. The Jim Jim part requires a level of fitness as part of the hike involves scrambling over rocks. Once you get to the site you can have a swim in the secluded water hole/billabong. Along the path there are some beautiful scenic views.

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