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Kakadu National Park showing wetlands
Cruise past crocodiles, wander through vast eucalyptus forests to waterfalls and see ancient Aboriginal rock art in this national park in northern Australia.

Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia, a vast protected wilderness of waterfalls, cliffs, wetlands and savannah woodlands. The complex of ecosystems supports a wide variety of plant and wildlife, including crocodiles, turtles and nearly 300 bird species. Hike through floodplains and along plateaus, go crocodile spotting and study ancient cave paintings and rock art to learn about the park's Aboriginal heritage.

Kakadu covers almost 20,000 square kilometres (7,725 square miles) and more than half of it is Aboriginal land. The park has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years and today they live in its towns and settlements. 

With so much space, there is a lot to see and do. Hike through a monsoon rainforest in the East Alligator region. Trek to waterfalls and swimming holes on the Yurmikmik Walk in the Mary River region. Photograph the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls, two large and powerful waterfalls. View wetland wildlife in the Yellow Water region then go on a boat cruise to spot crocodiles. There are approximately 10,000 crocodiles in the park and they can also be seen with a trip down the East Alligator River.

Explore Ubirr, Nanguluwur and Nourlangie Rock to see ancient rock paintings, some of which are up to 20,000 years old. They depict hunting scenes, religious ceremonies and Aboriginal ancestral beings who were thought to have created the world. 

Kakadu National Park is a 2-hour drive from Darwin and the most convenient way to get around is by car. Alternatively, sign up for a bus or four-wheel drive tour. Although the park is open throughout the year, flooding in the wet season, between November and April, makes some areas inaccessible. One of the best times to visit is from May to October, the dry season. 

You will need to purchase a pass to enter the national park. The pass is valid for 14 consecutive days and can be purchased at several outlets, including the Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru and the Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre in Darwin. The centre in Darwin will help you find accommodation should you decide to stay a while in the area to fully appreciate the park’s fascinating landscape, ancient culture and wildlife.

Cruise past crocodiles, wander through vast eucalyptus forests to waterfalls and see ancient Aboriginal rock art in this national park in northern Australia.

Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia, a vast protected wilderness of waterfalls, cliffs, wetlands and savannah woodlands. The complex of ecosystems supports a wide variety of plant and wildlife, including crocodiles, turtles and nearly 300 bird species. Hike through floodplains and along plateaus, go crocodile spotting and study ancient cave paintings and rock art to learn about the park's Aboriginal heritage.

Kakadu covers almost 20,000 square kilometres (7,725 square miles) and more than half of it is Aboriginal land. The park has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years and today they live in its towns and settlements.

With so much space, there is a lot to see and do. Hike through a monsoon rainforest in the East Alligator region. Trek to waterfalls and swimming holes on the Yurmikmik Walk in the Mary River region. Photograph the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls, two large and powerful waterfalls. View wetland wildlife in the Yellow Water region then go on a boat cruise to spot crocodiles. There are approximately 10,000 crocodiles in the park and they can also be seen with a trip down the East Alligator River.

Explore Ubirr, Nanguluwur and Nourlangie Rock to see ancient rock paintings, some of which are up to 20,000 years old. They depict hunting scenes, religious ceremonies and Aboriginal ancestral beings who were thought to have created the world.

Kakadu National Park is a 2-hour drive from Darwin and the most convenient way to get around is by car. Alternatively, sign up for a bus or four-wheel drive tour. Although the park is open throughout the year, flooding in the wet season, between November and April, makes some areas inaccessible. One of the best times to visit is from May to October, the dry season.

You will need to purchase a pass to enter the national park. The pass is valid for 14 consecutive days and can be purchased at several outlets, including the Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru and the Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre in Darwin. The centre in Darwin will help you find accommodation should you decide to stay a while in the area to fully appreciate the park’s fascinating landscape, ancient culture and wildlife.

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Aurora Kakadu Lodge
Aurora Kakadu Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, NT
The price is AU$179 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
Situated in a national park, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kakadu National Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bowali Visitors Centre. Mamukala Wetlands and ...
3.9/5Good! (381 reviews)
"Very relaxing atmosphere. Good amenities"

Reviewed on 26 May 2021

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Cooinda Lodge Kakadu
Cooinda Lodge Kakadu
3.5 out of 5
Kakadu Highway,Jim Jim, Kakadu, NT
The price is AU$420 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kakadu National Park and Warradjan Cultural Centre. Yellow Water Billabong is 0.9 mi (1.4 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (609 reviews)
"Great location and nice property"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2021

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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Flinders Street, Locked Mail Bag 4, Jabiru, NT
The price is AU$379 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
This family-friendly Jabiru hotel is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kakadu National Park and Bowali Visitors Centre. Mamukala Wetlands and ...
3.8/5Good! (914 reviews)
Great novelty night out
"Stayed here for the night. The Aircon worked well. The food was delicious and local cuisine. The hot water was amazing and plentiful. The pool was cooled and shaded. And we got to stay in a crocodile. Don't know what else you need from a stay away."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2021

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
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Aurora Kakadu Lodge
Aurora Kakadu Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, NT
The price is AU$179 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
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Cooinda Lodge Kakadu
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3.5 out of 5
Kakadu Highway,Jim Jim, Kakadu, NT
The price is AU$420 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Flinders Street, Locked Mail Bag 4, Jabiru, NT
The price is AU$379 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
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3 out of 5
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Mary River Wilderness Retreat
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is AU$219 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
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Wildman Wilderness Lodge
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4.5 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
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The price is AU$546 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
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Bamurru Plains
Bamurru Plains
4.5 out of 5
Swim Creek Station, Point Stuart, NT
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Nitmiluk Chalets
Nitmiluk Chalets
3.5 out of 5
Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk National Park, Nitmiluk, NT
The price is AU$252 per night from 2 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Nitmiluk Chalets
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