Kakadu National park
Kakadu National park
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Kakadu National Park takes in a vast area in the Northern Territory's Top End. It is by the United Nations and World Heritage listed for its ancient cultural assets and its spectacular natural wilderness. The Aboriginal traditional owners welcome visitors and share the true essence of the land. This is truly a great Australian experience.
Written 13 October 2023
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Explore827719
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We loved Kakadu although we were limited to 2WD. We saw Mamukula Wetlands, Noorlangie, Ubir at Sunset, Cahills Crossing and did the Yellow River Sunset Tour. Stayed three nights, but could have done it in two. We loved Litchfield equally. If you can, do both. But don't expect tropical rainforest and verdant beauty. It is not this in either place. Much of the vegetation you drive through is not particularly attractive in either place. But both places are so worth the visit for their own unique Australian beauty, but keep your expectations realistic.
Written 30 July 2023
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Crofton M
Airlie Beach, Australia2,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The diversity from lush floodplains to the towering stone escrpment, numerous billabongs filled with wildlife, indigenous drawings, coupled with exciting nature cruises and helicopter charters. This park is by faar our favourite. Proud to be Austraian.
Written 20 June 2023
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Brian T
London, UK6,782 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Kakadu National Park should be on your itinerary if you are visiting the Darwin area specifically, or Australia's 'Top End' generally. It is a protected area around 160 kilometres (100 miles) southeast of Darwin, and listed as a World Heritage Site because of its cultural and natural values. It’s Australia’s biggest mainland national park, covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of varied beautiful and ancient landscapes. It encompasses wetlands, grasslands, riverscapes, lush rainforests, and escarpments filled with with thundering waterfalls, and ancient aboriginal rock art. The Bininj/Mungguy people have called Kakadu home for some 65,000 years. Here they’ll teach you about their ancient culture and the regions’ dramatic seasons.

A visit to Kakadu requires some planning. If you are driving it’s a three hour southeast of Perth to get to the park. Local tourist organisations in Darwin can help you with maps, major sites and accommodation options. If you are visiting Darwin without your own transportation, there are a variety of tour options available, from a one day tour to longer tours over a number of days. You will also need to take into account seasonal issues which may affect your sightseeing. Summer months in Australia’s Top End bring the wet season, and heavy rain and local flooding may inhibit your touring and make some sites inaccessible.

The sights in the park are quite breathtaking, especially the riverscapes with crocodiles (Cahills Crossing is a must-see), the escarpment with its sweeping views,
and vast amounts of ancient aboriginal art, the Mamukala Wetlands, grasslands teeming with wildlife (buffalo and wallabies - there are no kangaroos), and landscapes dotted with towering termite nests. There are tumbling waterfalls and refreshing pools, and plenty of places to sit, enjoy and appreciate. The Bowali Visitor Centre near the small town of Jabiru is also a useful spot for information and facilities, as is the community of Jabiru.

As you would expect, numerous rules for your safety apply, and visitors to the park must acquire the necessary park pass, costing around $20. But it is a beautiful spot to visit and should not be missed.
Written 16 March 2023
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Lorraine S
Exeter, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We booked a day tour to Kakadu from Darwin *
chose a company called Autopia.
We were collected from our hotel prompty at the time they had advised, and joined a small party for the day trip
The vehicle only holds a maximum of 22 passengers, so a small party is guaranteed.
Our driver/guide for the day was a lovely lady called Danni, and she was ably assisted in Kakadu by Park Ranger Johnny Reid.
We cannot praise them highly enough. Both are local to the area & their wealth & knowledge was immense, & they happily share their knowledge in both an educating and entertaining manner.
Nothing is too much trouble for them, and we must praise Danni especially for her patience whilst my husband made his slow program from the car park to the cave painting, and then fully explained the history behind the artwork.
The paintings alone made the trip worthwhile, but we also partook on jumping crocodiles cruise which was also most enjoyable and informative.
On the way home we encountered some of the Northern Territories fickle weather, & again Danni's driving skills were shown to be exemplary.
We can't recall this trip enough.
Thanks to all concerned.
Written 10 March 2023
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Sandie P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Wow... Just WOW!!!!! This is a must do when in the Territory. Take three or more days to do it justice.
Written 13 September 2022
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gv252
Auckland, New Zealand61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Interesting see paintings that are 5000 years old in Kakadu National Park.
But all of Ubir and Nourlangie can be done in one day and then there is nothing much more to see.
Yellow water cruise was good - lots of birds and crocodiles.
Written 16 August 2022
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tes108
Newcastle, Australia726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Just loved our time here (which was limited by availability of accommodation and time. Would have been good to buy a two-day pass instead of having to pay for a week. Did not need a 4WD to see so much. Please please do something about the buffalo before they wreak all the waterways!
Written 14 August 2022
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AdelaideTraveller_12
Adelaide, Australia32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The female servicing the information counter on 9 August was outstanding. I was unable to get her name, but her patience and thoroughness in dealing with endless queues of people in the heat, asking never ending questions was exceptional. Whoever you are. Well done. You do the Information Centre proud,
Written 11 August 2022
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Michelle R
Engadine, Australia332 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Very disappointed in this NP in June when we visited. Put aside two days to explore but we gave up after first day. It took forever to drive between spots and half the roads were closed for some reason so most of the places we wanted to go to we couldn't. We drove hundreds of kms for nothing. Definitely preferred Litchfield and Nitmiluk over Kakadu
Written 8 August 2022
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