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A guide to visiting Kakadu in the wet season

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A comprehensive Guide to visiting Kakadu in the Wet Season with photos, itineraries and ideas on where to stay and what to do. The Kakadu wet season runs from approximately November to mid April but varies each year.

A crocodile spotted in Kakadu in the wet season on yellow water cruise

1. Overview of Kakadu in the Wet Season

Kakadu in the Northern Territory is a vast, beautiful place and at 20,000sq km it is Australia’s largest national park. The most popular time to visit is the dry season where the temperatures are more comfortable and the wildlife more concentrated in the refuge of permanent Billabongs.

However there is something magic about visiting in the wet season when water falls in abundance and pounds over the waterfalls before filling the floodplains and turning vegetation green and lush. Wet season is when Kakadu is most wild.

There are other upsides to visiting Kakadu in the much quieter ‘wet season’ which runs from approximately November – May*. You can use this guide is to help you plan your wet season trip, combining activities from the itineraries below that suit your travel style.

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What is it like to visit Kakadu in the wet season?

Kakadu is a different park in each season and even changes over the course of just a few weeks, with area’s flooding or drying out, flowers blooming and disappearing and new birds arriving. For this reason many people dream of seeing Kakadu in both the the wet and the dry to see how it changes throughout the year (or maybe that’s just nerds like me)!

In fact the last month or so of the wet season may just be the perfect time to visit. There are still fewer other tourists around but the swimming holes are starting to open for the season and the waterfalls still have water.

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The positives of visiting Kakadu in the wet season

You can get much cheaper rates in the wet season (nearly half the price in some cases) which may make a trip you may not otherwise be able to afford fit into your budget.

In the wet season water is far more abundant and floodplains fill up, vegetation is green and lush, water pounds over waterfalls (most are only viewed from the air until the waterfalls open late in wet season/early dry season) and wildlife will spread out across the vast areas of the park as they take advantage of abundant resources.

In some ways you have to work a bit harder to see wildlife like crocodiles but temporary billabongs flood on the roadside making it easy to spot birds.You also get to see the landscape from a totally different perspective to those that visit in the dry. In addition the park is much quieter which means you will often have walks to yourself and share the hotels or campgrounds with fewer people.

If your visiting from overseas you may visit Kakadu in the wet season as summer is the best time to visit Australia for sunny weather in the southern states.

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The negatives

There is no getting around the fact that a lot of Kakadu is closed in the middle of the wet season. The big waterfalls like Jim Jim and Twin are shut as are most of the billabong walks and the #instafamous Gunlom are closed to the public, as is Ubirr, although it can still be visited on a tour.

HOWEVER regardless of the time of year, In truth most many people who visit Kakadu do so for just a few days and do many of the same activities that are open in the wet season. This means unless you plan on doing extensive walking you will likely be able to find plenty to do in Kakadu in the wet season.

I spent two months working in Kakadu towards the end of the wet season and I still didn’t see everything I wanted to. There was always something new to explore or somewhere amazing to go back to and see again.

People who prefer just a few short walks will likely find 2-3 days is enough this time of year. I you can do longer or regular bush walks and are happy to pay for guided activities and tours you may like a bit longer such as 4-8 days. If you are happy to do long day walks (eg.12km) you will easily fill 8 days in Kakadu even in the wet season.

If you want to stay for over a week or two and explore with lots of bushwalking then aim for the dry season or the end of wet season as even more walks open up. If you only have a few days and this is the only time of year you can visit then the wet season is still a great time to see what makes Kakadu special.

Weather in the Wet season

in the top end there are two general seasons the ‘wet season’ running from approximately November to April/May and the dry from approximately June to October. The end of the dry season the ‘build up’ starts with relentless humidity before the rain arrives. Throughout the wet season the weather is humid, hot and sticky (think 36 degrees and over 80% humidity) and you may encounter anything from light rain to a relentless monsoonal downpour!

The Indigenous people in the park recognise 6 more distinct season which you can learn about in the cultural centre. Their seasons recognise the more subtle changes throughout the year.

Most people will find it very uncomfortable to sleep in a tent in this weather unless you are used to it. I stayed in a tent for 6 days in late March and was stifling, so an air-conditioned camper-van or hotel accommodation is a more a comfortable option.

For credible up to date weather information refer to the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Realistic Wet Season Holiday Expectations

You need to set your expectations for the trip and know that while you may luck on warm sunny weather, there is a higher chance of lots of rain for part or all of the day so come prepared for this option so you still enjoy your trip.

You also need to be aware that conditions in Kakadu are very seasonal and access to roads and walks may vary from week to week as well as by season. Be prepared to go with the flow and explore the areas open when you visit.

While it doesn’t happen often, there is the chance that even main roads may flood during these times cutting of access to and from Darwin and that lightning storms may prevent tours from running – but that’s the risk you take going to see wild Kakadu at its wet season best.  Parks Australia posts a daily road report so you can check up to date road access information prior to travel.

2. Safety in Kakadu – Travel Advice

WAIT don’t skip this, it’s important and  I’ll be quick, I promise.

Up to date travel information

It’s important to always check road reports prior to travelling in the wet season. You also need to check up to date safety information about access and swimming with reliable government source prior to travelling.

Some handy links:

Kakadu National Park Roads Report (updated daily)

Parks Australia Kakadu National Park Information 

NT Government Roads Report

Crocodile Safety

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The rule in Kakadu is unless it’s a tiled swimming pool assume it is NOT safe to swim due to crocodiles. In some areas the government manages Crocodiles and there are low risk crocodile areas above waterfalls once surveying has been completed however a crocodile can move into an area at any time. ALWAYS check with the visitor information centre before swimming anywhere in Kakadu (or the top end for that matter) for the most up to date swimming safety information.

Driving at Speed

While the speed limit may sometimes be 110 – 130 use your judgement on going this fast. There are lots of animals on the road including very large buffalo, especially at night time. Also, it’s a national park and unfortunately if you go at a higher speed  it’s near on impossible to avoid hitting birds and other animals at night time and killing an animal is never a nice way to finish a special day.

Driving at night

If you must drive at night, slow right down to a speed where you can stop safely if you need to – there is few others on the road so you’re not holding up traffic. In 6 weeks in Kakadu I had to stop at night for buffalo, a pig, several donkeys, a kangaroo, many wallabies and literally hundreds of birds – hitting any large animal is just not a safe option.

Heat & Dehydration

These two things actually kill more people in Kakadu than crocodiles so make sensible decisions. If you start to feel like you have symptoms of heat illness stop immediately in the shade and rest then turn back. Carry a litre of water per person per hour of walking – it’s better to carry an extra kg than run out of water mid-way through the walk.   Also walk early in the day, especially for escarpment walks as the hot rocks and lack of shade make it very hot.

Always have water with you in the car and even on cruise, just the humid air will dehydrate your quickly!

Phone Reception

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There is no mobile phone reception in many sections of the park. Telstra seems to have the best coverage and I found I had reception within about a 20 minute radius of Jabiru and 10 minutes or so of Cooinda Lodge.

I had limited or no coverage outside of these areas and it will depend on your provider on if you have phone reception anywhere in the park at all.

Parks does provide a number of emergency call devices near popular walks. Consider carrying an personal locator beacon if you plan on doing more advanced bushwalks.

For all safety information including crocodiles, boating, bushwalking etc visit the Parks Australia website .

You must purchase a park pass for the duration of your visit to the park you can buy them online before you go or at roadhouses on the way.

The money from your pass goes 100% back into managing the park (track maintenance, weed & feral animal control, fire management, interpretive signage, administration, ranger guided activities and ranger presence across the park etc) and to the traditional owners who call Kakadu home and generously welcome visitors.

You can see a breakdown of where the money is spent at the visitors centre.

3. Exploring the 7 regions of Kakadu

Because Kakadu is such a big Park it is divided into 7 ‘regions’ and this is how Parks Australia groups walks and campgrounds in the visitors guide. Some regions may be as much as several hours drive apart so you are best to do the walks in one region over the same or consecutive days while staying nearby.

However in the wet season this is not as much of an issue, most of the walks that are open are in the Nourlangie Region about 20km south of Jabiru (25 minutes North of Cooinda). The rest of the walks are in the Mary River Region (not to be confused with Mary River National Park on the way to Darwin) which is about 1 hours drive south of Cooinda (or 1h45m south of Jabiru).

There are also some ‘seasonal’ walks which are sprinkled around the park. These are  generally open in shoulder season but may close for parts of the wet season or the bigger rain events. As previously mentioned the rest of the walks to waterfalls and billabongs are generally closed in the wet season.

Getting around Kakadu

There are two main sealed roads in Kakadu. The Arnhem Hwy runs from West to East (approximately) across the Northern section of the park. The Kakadu Hwy runs from the Arnhem Highway in the North to the south exit towards the bottom of the park. The road to Border store is also sealed but closes during the wet, the two highways may have road closures in extreme rain events only.

In the wet season places are usually either open to all vehicles or not at all so a 2wd will get you into most of the main activities. The exception is some open gravel roads that become 4wd only during some parts of the wet season (e.g. Yumikmik area).

Once the roads dried out we were able to get a 2WD down the 2wd accessible tracks no worries, however lots of wet season damage to the road meant we needed to drive at a sensible slow speed.

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The benefit of a 4wd is you can access those gravel roads when they are 4WD only and in shoulder season some roads maybe open to 4WD only until water across the road recedes. This can included places you may really want to go like Ubirr (check rental car information in relation to water crossings – it usually a no)!

There are several 4wd tracks in the park to reach the coast, the big waterfalls and to visit some Billabongs however these 4WD tracks close in the wet season due to flooding and it’s unlikely any of them will be open until the dry most years.

So in conclusion, you won’t miss out on seeing most of the more popular places if you visit with a 2wd but a 4wd may give you access to more bushwalks at certain times in the wet season.

If you don’t drive or would just prefer not to the best way to see Kakadu is on a pre-booked day trip or multi day tour. You will find you have very limited options of tours and places to visit without your own car or a pre-booked tour.

There are several tour companies operating tours to the park that vary in length, inclusions and accommodation standards. AAT Kings offers a range of comfortable coach tours that include Kakadu as part of the Itinerary and Adventure Tours (part of the Intrepid Group) offer small group adventure tours. These are two of the most well-known tour companies specialising in Australian travel.  There are also many smaller local companies that offer tours that visit Kakadu as part of their itinerary.

All guides who work in Kakadu must complete a comprehensive ‘Kakadu Knowledge’ course to ensure they can competently and safely  guide you around Kakadu National Park.

About Jabiru town

Jabiru is the main service area in Kakadu National Park and was established as a mining tour that existed prior to the parks declaration. It has a service station,  supermarket (open business hours, check them here), a bank, a post office, a doctors clinic and some other business that service the area. It’s a good place to refuel and get any groceries you need (be prepared for remote area prices).

Bowali Visitors Centre

Just a short drive from Jabiru the Bowali Visitors Centre is a good place to visit early in your visit to kakadu. A café, Gallery and Free wifi the Bowali visitors centre is a definitely worth a visit. It is really well designed with many tactile displays for kids to touch (part of a full size ute sticks out of the wall) and lots of information on the ecosystems and wildlife in the park. Also allow some time to watch the docos in the theatre which give you insight into the park and the amazing team or rangers that work there.

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4. Accommodation and Camping in Kakadu

Choosing where to stay in Kakadu in the Wet Season can be a bit confusing given it is Australia’s largest National Park.

If you are only staying a night or two and would like to do a dawn or dusk cruise with Yellow Waters (which I highly recommend) it is most practical to stay at Cooinda Lodge. This way you avoid driving at night and you can visit the Nourlangie region during the day.

If you like a comfortable 4 star hotel and are not willing to compromise on this base yourself at the Mecure Crocodile in Jabiru. Remember all the hotels in the Park are considered very remote and don’t have the ability to offer all the same standards or services as luxury hotels in the city.

If you are visiting for longer, spread your time out over the different areas of the park (Cooinda, Jabiru, Mary River) to spend less time driving and more time bushwalking in the regions.

Accommodation Overview

There are 4 main areas to stay in Kakadu National Park in the wet season (excluding all of the parks managed campgrounds). They are as follows:

Jabiru Accommodation  – (The town centre of Kakadu)

Jabiru is the most popular place to stay in Kakadu and is a good central location for those who would prefer to have access to small shopping facilities during the day (a supermarket, post office and service station and an international standard hotel.

There is a range of accommodation and camping options available in the town.  It is also a good base for accessing tours and the Nourglangie Region bushwalks as well as the flat walk to the visitors centre and the Visitors Centre itself.

Accommodation options in Jabiru include the following:

Mecure Crocodile Hotel

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A remote equivalent of a   four star hotel, The Mecure Crocodile Hotel (opens in booking.com) in has an excellent restaurant, pool and gallery of local Indigenous Art. The hotel is most famous for its quirky crocodile shaped design which is best viewed by aerial photo.

The hotel is managed by Accor on behalf of Kakadu Tourism and offers Accor Plus members food and beverage discounts.

Anbinik is a 3.5 star alternative that offers a range of comfortable hotel and self contained bush bungalows in a manicured bush setting in town.

Both of these hotels are Indigenous owned so when you stay in these resorts you support Indigenous business and the creation of remote area jobs.

Aurora Kakadu

Aurora Kakadu (opens in booking.com) is a holiday park that offers limited budget accommodation options a short distance from the town centre. It also has a huge campground with a fun poolside restaurant bar and a large big shady swimming pool.

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Cooinda Region Accommodation

Cooinda lodge.

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The 2.5 star Cooinda Lodge (links to booking.com) is the only accommodation in this area and is a great base for those who are doing dusk and dawn Yellow Water cruises. It has a bush campground and a beautiful lagoon pool which is a nice place to cool down after bush walking. If you don’t want to move around it’s a good central base for both the Nourlangie and Mary River regions. Cooinda is also close to the beautifully designed cultural centre where you can learn about the Indigenous culture of the regions.

Mary River Region Accommodation

Mary river roadhouse.

Mary River Roadhouse a few hundred metres from the Southern Entrance to the Park. It has budget accommodation options available, a campground and a small outback bar with outdoor tables that offer a nice view of the sun setting over the trees. It is conventiently located to access the walks in the Yumikmik area.

South Alligator Region Accommodation

Aurora kakadu hotel (and campground) – popular with fishermen and women – 2021 currently permanently closed.

Aurora Kakadu hotel is located towards the western entrance of the park so its not the most central location for for poplar activities in Kakadu in the wet season. However it is a very popular option for those fishing the South Alligator River as it is just a few km from the boat ramp. It is also be a good base for exploring the western 4WD tracks when they are open in the drier months.

Bush Camping in Kakadu in the wet season

Many of the campgrounds in Kakadu are shut in the wet season due to flooding and their proximity to large flooded rivers (where large crocodiles live!)  however there are still plenty of managed and budget campsites open all year round.

The best place for information on where to camp is the Kakadu Visitor Guide as it gives you details on what facilities are available at each campsite.

The Kakadu Roads Report also includes up to date information on which campgrounds are open and is updated daily.

This is not a comprehensive guide to bush camping but here are a few of my favourites

Cooinda Region

Cooinda Lodge has a campground otherwise the bush alternative is the lovely natural ‘Mardugal Two’ campground. It is a beautiful bush campground with showers and toilets. Camp fees apply to this managed area.

It’s the first campground on the right on the way into Mardugal Camp area. Choose from a huge range of sites tucked away in the Pandanus bush.

Mary River Region

Gunungural is a basic bush camping area with drop toilets in the Mary River Region just a few km’s off the highway. It has tent and van accessible sites. In the evening the sun sets over the long grass of the floodplains in the lower area of the campground making a nice way to finish the day.

Gunlom is not a wet season campground but does open up towards the end of the wet once road access permits. It’s an open grass managed campground a short stroll from the stunning Gunlom Falls. People swim in the lower falls however crocodiles have been found in there before and parks advises they can move into the swimming area at any time. This campground also as access to the walk to the top pools at Gunlom where you can float around in the insta famous natural infinity pool at the top.

For camping information in the other areas of Kakadu check the visitors guide .

5. Things to do in Kakadu in the wet season

Wet season cruises & tours in kakadu, yellow water cruises.

Yellow Water Cruises operate daily year round except for on the very few occasions unsafe weather or access prevents them from running. They depart from near Cooinda Lodge or the lodge itself in bigger wet seasons.

The best tours for spotting wildlife and getting the iconic landscape photos of the billabongs are dawn and dusk. Alternatively, the shorter day tours are good for those with small children or with limited time. You can book direct with Kakadu Tourism or check prices on Viator.

Read more on my Yellow Water Cruise page to find out more about the cruising.

Spirit of Kakadu Day Tours

In the dry and shoulder season (the start and end of the wet season) Kakadu tourism offers day trips into the heart of the park. They pick up from Cooinda as well as Jabiru hotels and take you to explore various waterfalls and walks around the park, access dependent. These tours are best for those with a higher level of fitness who can walk 10km or more in a day.

Book both your cruise or/or day trip with Kakadu Tourism , the Indigenous owned company that runs the tours.

Guluyambi Wet Season Cultural Cruise

Kakadu Cultural Tours is another Indigenous tour company which operates primarily in the north of the park.

In the wet season you can visit Ubirr with the Gulyumbi Wet Season Tour and learn about Indigenous culture from the north of the park. I unfortunately never got a chance to go on the tour but my parents did later this year and to quote my mum ‘it was fabulous’ ;).

Their rating on trip advisor backs up this review with their cruises consistently getting 5 star reviews.

Free things to do in Kakadu in the Wet season

This is a guide to what is genenerally open but don’t forget that conditions can change quickly in the wet season.

Wet Season Bushwalks in Kakadu

Burrungkuy (nourlangie) region bushwalks.

The walks in this region traverse a mix of lowland savannah woodlands, monsoon forest & sandstone escarpment and is a great area for wet season bushwalks.

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Art Walk: 1.7km

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A short 1.7km loop, the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Art Walk takes you past ancient art and a cave that was frequently used by Indigenous people in the Kakadu region. The full loop includes some moderate uphill climbs but there is the option to do it as a return one way walk along a flat path to a wheelchair accessible gallery at the end.

Further Reading: Nourlangie Art Walk track notes

Nawurlandja Lookout Walk: 600m return

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A short walk of just 300 metres, Nawurlandja is a steep climb up the side of an angled rock face to a viewing point part way up. From this spot you can look over the Anbangbang Billabong and watch the Burrunggui (Nourlangie) escarpments change colour in the late afternoon sun. While not quiet as dramatic as Ubirr, Nawurlandja is a lot more peaceful and has beautiful views to farewell another Kakadu day.

Gubara Pools: 6km return

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A flat walk through savannah woodland, past sandstone cliffs and finishing with some rock hopping to visit the pretty pools of water in rare Moonsoon forest. Not a swimming spot but a beautiful little ecocsystem to visit and enjoy.

Nungalwur: 3.4 km return

A lesser visited art site (because its harder to get to) this long overhang in the bush boasts art painted over a period of thousands of years.

Take the printed guide to art in Kakadu to help interpret the age and meaning behind the different styles of art at this awe inspiring site.

Also take plenty of water, hat and a sunscreen because there is not much shade on this walk until the art site area.

Mirrai/Mirray Lookout Walk

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A nice bushwalker on a narrow winding narrow path to a lookout with views out over multiple parts of the Kakadu National Park. Some views are partially obstructed by vegetation. Visit my track notes to read more and see more photos.

Sandstone Barrk Walk

For experienced bush walkers only this is a 12km beast of a walk through sandstone country. You need to start at the crack of dawn so your walking in the cooler parts of the day. I have not completed this walk myself as my fitness levels were not up to scratch.

If your not travelling with a beacon let someone know when you due back so they can raise the alarm in the unlikely case you don’t return as expected. Always pack minimum 1 litre per hour for big walks in escarpment areas, the rocks heat up quickly and make it a hot environment for hiking

Mary River Region Bushwalks

The wet season walks that are seasonally open are predominantly in the Yurmikmik area. The signage in this section is atrocious so be sure to take the Yurmikmik region park notes with you.

Boulder Creek Walk: 2km

A short walk to a pretty little waterfall with a path to explore the pool at the top (never go near the edge of any waterfall, ever. Your endangering yourself but most importantly those who have to come rescue you).

Motor Car Falls: 7.5km

The most accessible water fall for much of the wet season is Motor Car falls.

This lovely watefall is tucked away in a little gorge a 7.5km return walk from the carpark. Bushwalk through lowland woodland and past sandstone escarpments before some rock hopping to get into the falls itself. At the waterfalls there is a nice big rock which when accessible  is a good place for a lunch stop and to relax and enjoy the peaceful gorge.

There is very little shade on this walk so where a wide brim hat and walk early in the day to avoid the heat.

You can do the Yurmikmik Lookout Walk as a side track from this bushwalk and experienced bush-walkers may like the overnight Kurrundie Creek walk.

Bukbukluk Lookout

A quick detour off the hwy the Bukbukluk Lookout is a short walk with views out over the south west of Kakadu

Secret Waterfall & Pools

There is an unmarked track to a waterfall in this region, chat to a local at the Mary River roadhouse or the Visitor centre for instructions on how to find it!

Roadside Termite Mounds

One of the best parts of the drive through the south of Kakadu is the incredible termite mounds which are higher than your car!

Jabiru Region Bushwalks

Bowali visitors centre track.

An easy flat walk through lowland woodland and over a small creek with Pandus this is a nice little walk to spot woodland bird species on your way to the centre.

Somewhat wheelchair accessible ( probably best for offroad electric chairs, you need to get around bike bollards at the creek and there are sections of the path that are damaged) and easily ridden on a bike its good way to start or end the day.

Keep an eye out for brightly coloured finch in the pandanus around the little creek which runs through much of the wet season.

Its also a great spot to see an abundance or wildflowers if you luck on the right time of year. I was there in early May in a year of a big wet season (2017) and there was wildflowers galore.

Late wet season/shoulder season Bushwalks

There so much variation in wet seasons it’s hard to know what to include in this section! There are some walks that won’t open to the height of the dry season but the ones below generally open at some point prior to what’s typically thought of as dry season.

Gunlom Waterfall (Mary River Region)

This walk may open up in the late wet season was an absolute highlight of Kakadu for me! Read about why I have no photos of Gunlom here .

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By far the most humbling sunset experience of my life, sunset over Ubirr is on a lot of Aussie bucket lists for good reason.

The landscape around this region feels so prehistoric you expect to see dinosaurs or mega fauna wandering around. Visit at the very start of the Ubirr season when the water has just receded to see the sunset over vibrant green floodplains.

Wet Season Wildlife Watching – Kakadu Fauna

The ecosystems in Kakadu are constantly changing with the seasons which means different species are abundant at each time of the year.

Keep an eye out walking and driving around the park for the many different bird and animal species that call Kakadu home. Here are some of the more commonly seen animals in the park that visitors are often excited to see:

Agile Wallaby

Often spotted grazing in the grass on the roadsides the Agile wallaby is one of the most common mammels in the top end. Spotted along the roadsides frequently at dawn and dusk so make sure you take it easy while driving at this time.

Estuarine Crocodile

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Estuarine Crocodiles are commonly called Saltwer Crocs however it’s a misnomer that they won’t live in freshwater. Prolific in the waterways of Kakadu National Park, in the wet season they spread out over the vast floodplains and females lay their eggs. The best chance of spotting one in wet season is on the Yellow Waters Cruise. Once access is open to Cahills Crossing, the viewing platform there is also an excellent free spot to watch for crocodiles.

Whistling Kites

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There are hundreds of whistling kites in Kakadu and being from down south where they are much rarer I was very excited to have a chance to see so many up close. In Kakadu some of the guides jokingly call them the seagulls of the North because of their numbers and they are known to steal food straight off the BBQ!

Rainbow Bee-eaters

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My Favourite Bird Species, the Rainbow Bea Eater love water and can be spotted near water. You will find them along creeks and rivers on cruises and walks and even playing in puddles on the road.

Kingfishers

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Kingfishers are another bird frequently spotted around water in Kakadu in the wet season. There are many different types of Kingfishers in Kakadu including the blue winged Kukaburra and Forrest Kingfisher.

Magpie Geese

Most prolific in the dry season after breeding and when there numbers are concentrated in the billabongs however they are often spotted on cruises around the Yellow Water Region, even in the wet season. Look out for groups of 3, a lucky male bird with his two ladies he shares the nest with!

Keep your eye out for lizards everywhere in the park from around the hotels and camprounds to perching on logs and rocks on the bushwalks. Dragons and skinks are some of the more common species spotted as well as geckos and members of the goanna family.

6. Kakadu National Park Itineraries

Here is some Itinerary ideas to help you plan your trip! If you like to be busier or are fit and can do lots of walks in one day there are extended options included!

These itineraries are based on arriving from the North West of the Park along the Arnhem Hwy from Darwin.

If you are entering Kakadu from the south you will be doing activities prior to reaching Bowali Visitors centre. In this case make sure you download the Visitors Guide from the website before you arrive in Kakadu so you know all the important safety information. Also check the Kakadu road report  prior to travelling so you know what is open in the park to visit. You can also read my quick guide to visiting Kakadu from the South .

Parks Australia also has lots of recommend itineraries in their park guide.

1 Day Kakadu Itinerary – self drive

2 – 3 day kakadu national park itinerary – self drive, 7. kakadu booking links.

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2 Day Kakadu Tour from Darwin – Outback Retreat (Wet Season)

  • $895 Adult / Child - Glamping Queen Tent
  • $986 Adult / Child - Lodge Double/Twin Room
  • $1,055 Adult 18+ over - Lodge Single Room
  • DEPARTS 08:00
  • RETURNS 18:30

The ticket costs are for each individual and apply to both grown-ups and youngsters. Glamping tents are on offer for duos and feature communal washroom amenities. Lodge chambers come with exclusive bathrooms attached. The age threshold is eight years, and those younger than this limit must be with an adult or authorised guardian.

Experience summer uniquely and accompany us on a one-of-a-kind journey that features the premier highlights of the Top ends throughout our renowned green season. Kakadu allows us to explore some of the world’s most ancient and excellently preserved Aboriginal Rock Art and maintain vigilance for some of our old companions (crocodiles). At the same time, we navigate the time-honoured wetlands by vessel and become engrossed in the tales and culture of the indigenous proprietors. We will be venturing through some genuinely magnificent landscapes amid pockets of rainforest teeming with endemic varieties of plants and animals. This entirely accommodated tour allows you to unwind indoors comfortably each night following delightful days of cultural engagement and unparalleled scenes. Kakadu’s famed Cooinda Lodge provides opulence amidst the Australian outback with air-conditioned refuge tents featuring communal bathroom amenities. Alternatively, a lodge room can incorporate a TV and additional creature comforts, including an ensuite.

Highlights our Kakadu Overnight Escape experience

  • Consider visiting the Kakadu National Park , listed as a World Heritage site.
  • Visit the Kakadu Aboriginal Cultural Centres for an immersive cultural experience.
  • Experience a Wildlife Cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong.
  • Visitors can explore world-class Aboriginal rock art sites at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) or Ubirr, depending on conditions and seasonality.
  • You can have a great wildlife experience by taking the famous Yellow Water Cruise in Kakadu.
  • You can stay in a luxury air-conditioned retreat tent or lodge room in the heart of Kakadu in Australia’s bushland.

The itinerary may change depending on the season and access to certain areas. The highlights mentioned are just a guideline. Kakadu’s landscape and weather conditions are unpredictable, so flexibility in the itinerary is necessary. Our expert guides will make sure everyone has an incredible adventure.

Tour Details

  • The tour code options are KR2-B for glamping and KR2-S/KR2-P for a lodge.
  • Operates: Fri, Mon (Nov-Mar)
  • The duration of the trip is two days and one night.
  • 1 Night Accommodated
  • The Kakadu Park Pass entry ticket.
  • Yellow Water Cruise entry
  • Accredited Outback driver guide
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel

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Darwin - Kakadu National Park

Embrace the chance to awaken and emerge early on the second day and venture to witness the enchantment of dawn at Burrungkuy’s Nawurlandja lookout. After soaking in the ever-shifting hues of this grand locale during this part of the day, we’ll partake in breakfast nearby before proceeding to Burrungkuy’s primary rock art display areas to appreciate some of the finest and most prominent rock illustrations in Australia. By mid-morning, we’ll follow up to finalise our stay at our Cooinda lodging, then delve into a cultural art session within the precincts of Warradjan Cultural Centre, emphasising the heart and southern zones of the park. Native community figures, including traditional custodians, will impart this immersive art session. Seize the chance to traverse the cultural hub, which also flaunts a spacious gallery and souvenir store, and satiate your palate as we relish a picnic luncheon amidst verdant settings. Post-lunch, the moment has come to initiate our return to Darwin. Meandering back through roughly 300 km of green Australian wilderness, let Kakadu bid farewell as we traverse its astonishingly diverse habitat, a significant attribute for which this splendid area is UNESCO World Heritage Recognized for its natural and cultural significance. Arriving back in Darwin by 6 p.m., savour the rest of your night, reminiscing about your adventures and the companionships you formed. Should trekking, cascades, and untouched rock basins be your subsequent pursuits, we’re eager to greet you once more during the area’s dry phase for more discoveries!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch. Travel Distance: 315 km. Trek Distance and Classification: 1km, Grade 3 featuring inclined terrains. Sound overall mobility and firm steps are essential.

Kakadu National Park - Darwin

You can wake and greet the day early on the second day and navigate your way to behold the enchantment of the sunrise at Burrungkuy’s Nawurlandja lookout. After revealing the continually transforming shades of this regal space, we shall savour breakfast nearby and then enter Burrungkuy’s chief rock art observation galleries to relish some of Australia’s most exemplary and remarkable rock art.

Come mid-morning, and we shall return to conclude our stay at our Cooinda lodging and partake in a cultural art endeavour within the confines of Warradjan Cultural Centre, which emphasises the mid and southern parts of the park. Local community members, including traditional landowners, will facilitate this interactive art experience. Please avail yourself of the chance to peruse the cultural centre, which also presents an extensive gallery and gift shop, and satisfy your culinary desires as we indulge in a picnic lunch amidst tropical environs. After our meal, the time has arrived for our return journey to Darwin. Weaving our way back through approximately 300 km of rich Australian foliage, permit Kakadu to bid you goodbye as we traverse its astonishingly biodiverse ecosystem, a distinguished reason why this marvellous area is UNESCO World Heritage Listed for its natural and cultural attributes. On returning to Darwin by 6 p.m., bask in the remaining hours of your evening, pondering upon the time you’ve dedicated to exploration and the new acquaintances you’ve made. If trekking, cascades, and immaculate rock pools stand next on your agenda, we anticipate your return next time during the area’s dry period for additional exploration!

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch. Travel Distance: 315 km. Walk Distance and Rating: 1km Grade 3 with abrupt sections. Adequate general agility and solid footwork are needed.

Our central meeting point for this tour  will be Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City @ 8:10 am. Guests will be waiting outside Cavenagh Street’s main gates for collection.

  • 7:45 – Darwin Resort – 378 Stuart Hwy Winnellie NT
  • 7:55 – Mercure Darwin Airport – 1 Sir Norman Brearley Drive Darwin City
  • 8:05 – Frontier Hotel Darwin – 3 Buffalo Ct Darwin City
  • 8:10 – Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St. Darwin City
  • 8:12 – H on Smith Hotel – 81 Smith St. Darwin City
  • 8:14 – The Cavenagh Hotel – 12 Cavenagh St. Darwin City
  • 8:16 – Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone – 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 8:20 – H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment – 105 Mitchell St. Darwin City
  • 8:23 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade – 116 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 8:25 – Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin – 88 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 8:30 – Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront – 7 Kitchener Dr Darwin City
  • 8:50 – Darwin FreeSpirit Resort – 901 Stuart Hwy Deviney Rd Holtze

3L Reusable water container, broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunblock, swimming attire (lagoon-like pool accessible at Cooinda), beach towel & personal care items, comfy robust walking boots (closed-toe, tread shoes), clothing suitable for all weather (extreme environments inc wind, heat, chill, day/night), 7kg soft pack & minor day backpack, rain jacket, insect repellent of tropical strength, flashlight, headlight or lantern, cash for snacks/beverages, recharge power bank (possible restricted access to power for charging phones or cameras), camera.

  • Meals not specified within the travel plan. For individuals with particular dietary needs, we advise bringing snacks since choices may be entirely restricted in the regions we explore.
  • Hotel conveyances pre/post tour agenda to a site different than those identified on our pickup/dropoff locales.
  • Acquiring personal travel insurance is strongly suggested.
  • Personal expenditures.
  • 1 Nights’ Accommodation (Kakadu)
  • The package includes one breakfast, two lunches, and one dinner.
  • Visiting Aboriginal culture and viewing rock art.
  • Entry to the 2-hour Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.
  • Guided rock art viewing
  • The entry fees for Kakadu Park are required.
  • Guided bush walks are available, with a maximum distance of 1km and a grade 3 difficulty level.
  • The tour is led by a driver-guide who is accredited in outback driving.
  • Air-conditioned mini coach travel
  • Selected Darwin pickup/dropoff points

*Travelers commencing the tour at Ayers Rock should organise their midday meal before embarkation at the terminal.

Our Contract

All bookings are made with Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 94 143 929 962) (us/we). By booking a trip with us, you have agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in these booking conditions. We will accept your booking on this basis. The services to be provided are in your booking confirmation and invoice. Accredited Bus Number: AC003612.

Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 March 2024; from 1 January 2022, dates and itineraries are indicative only.

Standard Conditions

Any references to ‘GLT’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ equate Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd , which applies to the following GLT brands and entities below: Autopia Darwin Tours , Wildlife Tours Australia, Walking Country, Wayoutback Australian Safaris, Australian Bus Charters & Tailormade Touring, Boutique Touring Company and Geelong & Bellarine Tours.

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below before booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend reading the information about your product or service before booking to ensure you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the tour you are undertaking. GLT will not be held responsible for passengers failing to familiarise themselves with the booking terms and conditions.

Although every effort is made, GLT shall not be liable for any illness, injury, damages, loss, delay or failure to join the tour that may occur due to factors beyond our control. We highly recommend all passengers have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage should they cancel a trip at the last minute.

GLT reserves the right to modify routes or itineraries, vehicle types, fares, days of operation, or even cancel tours when unforeseen circumstances arise. This is especially true during seasonal weather fluctuations and park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies. Other accredited  tour  operators may be used from time to time on some tours .

Fares are shown in Australian Currency and are correct when printing but are subject to change.

Traveller Information

For us to confirm your travel arrangements, you must provide all requested details at the time of booking. Your full name, contact details, email address, nationality, or Australian postcode and any pre-existing medical conditions you have that may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. For more information about how we treat your personal information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Customers Responsible for Their Vaccination and Testing

The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal, State and Territory) COVID entry restrictions and vaccination guidelines or testing requirements for entry into Australia and during travel for tour and transport services.

If the customer is not vaccinated and cannot show a negative RAT test before departure, the customer will forfeit any monies paid, and GLT holds the right to refuse boarding.

Where the customer cancels due to travel restrictions other than vaccination and testing requirements, the operator shall have the discretion to

  • offer a refund or credit voucher (to be used at a later time), or
  • to forfeit any monies paid by the customer.

For (a), the operator reserves the right to withhold such a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on when the customer gives notice of cancellation.

Customers Responsible for Health and safety on board Short Breaks / Extended Trips

In the unlikely event that a guest returns a positive test whilst on tour, some accommodation suppliers may require proof of a negative result before entering the property. Multi-day travellers are strongly advised to bring along some RAT tests as some remote regions have limited access to these tests.

Guests are responsible for all COVID-related relocation expenses should they need to leave the trip midway. There will be no financial reimbursement for any aspects of the tour that guests do not participate in if they choose to depart early.

It is recommended by the Department of Health that commercial passenger vehicle drivers and passengers wear fitted face masks whilst in transit to minimise the spread of the virus. This is no longer mandatory.

Cancellations & Refund Policy

Cancellation by the Traveller

Travel plans can sometimes change; if you cancel some or all portions of your booking, the cancellation terms below will apply. A cancellation will only take effect when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant booking agent notifying them of your cancellation.

If you wish to change or cancel a trip:

(a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until seven days before departure or

(b) 2 to 7 days before departure:

  • we will hold 100% of the deposit paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase
  • any credit voucher resulting from a cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia or

(c) 8-days or more before departure,

  • we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking, less any unrecoverable costs or

(d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within two days/48 will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund or

Short Break / Extended Trips

(a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 30 days before departure or

(b) 14 to 30 days before departure:

  • we will hold 100% of the monies paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from the date of purchase

(c) 31 days or more before departure,

(d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 14 days will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund or

Any credit travel voucher resulting from a cancellation under (Cancellation by the Traveller) has an expiry date of 3 years and may be applied towards any other available trip we offer. This credit is transferable; however, it is not redeemable for cash.

Note different cancellation conditions may apply if/when booked through third-party agents; your travel consultant will advise if differences apply. We strongly recommend you take out cancellation insurance when booking. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a journey, join it after departure, or leave it before its completion, no refund or compensation for departure costs incurred will be made. The above cancellation terms are less unrecoverable costs by accommodation providers, travel agents, third-party affiliates and supplier fees.

Cancellation by the Operator

Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveller onboard unless the minimum group size specifically states otherwise (refer to Product Fact Sheets) or in the event of a Force Majeure resulting in a trip cancellation.

We may cancel a trip for up to 7 days (Day Trips) and 30 days (Short-Break / Extended Tours) before departure. Alternatively, we have the right to cancel a trip at any time before departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, extreme conditions, political instability or other external events occur that deem it not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.

Standard Cancellation

If we cancel your trip, we can offer you a choice of:

(a) a 100% reimbursement of monies paid for your trip

(b) transfer amounts paid to an alternative departure date or tour operated by GLT or

(c) issued with a credit travel voucher for the amount paid for your trip, valid for 3-years

Force Majeure Cancellation

If a trip is cancelled due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’, we can offer you a choice of:

(a) a 100% credit voucher of monies paid for your trip; or

(b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

If the cancellation due to a ‘Force Majeure Event occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:

(a) 110% credit voucher for the days that remain on your trip or

(b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your journey.

Any credit travel voucher resulting from a cancellation as mentioned in (Cancellation by the Traveller):

  • 3-year expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by GLT;
  • are not redeemable for cash;
  • excludes flights or insurance as they will have their booking conditions

If the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred due to your booking, including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or another health emergency; flood; windstorm or another extreme weather event; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue.

Acceptance of Risk

Australia has many dangerous creatures, extreme weather conditions, and varied terrain. Experiencing these dangers while camping, hiking, or passing time outside may increase your risk. Safety is our top priority, and our guides are highly trained to ensure passenger safety. Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury or accident caused by passengers onboard our tours.

  • Travel Insurance

We recommend all guests have travel insurance, which should be taken out at the time of booking before tour departure. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident death, 24/7 medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200 000 for each of the categories of body.

We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation curtailment, COVID-19 cover, personal liability, loss of luggage, and personal effects. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account, please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and the emergency contact number with you rather than the bank’s name and credit card details.

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is not permitted on board our vehicles. We reserve the right to refuse re-entry if passengers are overly intoxicated and pose a threat to other passengers, our driver or our truck. We also reserve the right to advise at any time before departure and during operation that alcohol is no longer permitted. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, and a photo ID is required.

Child Policy (Age Requirements)

Our child and infant policy and pricing vary depending on the trip due to the diversity in our product range. An adult or guardian must accompany all travellers under 18 years old.

Short Break & Extended Trips (age restrictions) – 8 to 17 years old

Trips that include accommodation nights within the itinerary:

  • Basic Twin Share Dorm – fares apply to Adults 18+ years and over
  • Standard Double/Twin Room – fares apply to Adults and Children (8-17yo)
  • Private Single Room – fares apply to Adults 18+ years and over

Not suitable for infants or children seven years and under.

Prices and surcharges

Our tour prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, standard practices within the travel industry. Our tour prices may vary by demand, market conditions and availability. Different passengers on the same trip have likely been charged different prices. If you like the price, booking at that time is best. Any reduced pricing or discounts available after you have paid will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a lower price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below in (Cancellation by the Traveller). The most up-to-date pricing is available on our websites. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by credit card.

Luggage Policy

To maximise the comfort of your journey, no luggage storage facilities are provided on our (Day Trips): You should bring a small day pack, at most 5-7kg. (Short-Break / Extended Tours): Maximum baggage allowance per person is 15-20kg, preferably a soft travelling pack.

Excessive amounts of luggage may incur a surcharge fee. Inappropriate luggage presented on the day of departure, such as surfboards, bikes and excessive luggage, may result in refusal to board unless previously arranged. Other: mobility scooters, wheelchairs, pushers, prams, walking frames and other walking aids cannot be stored safely on our vehicles; please advise before booking if there are any of these aids required.

Pick-up & Drop-offs

GLT may offer complimentary inner-city pickup and dropoff services to selected accommodation providers. Please note that the customer is responsible for waiting out front of your selected pickup location (accommodation provider) at least 10 minutes before departure. Stay out in front of your desired location to avoid the tour guide being unable to locate you, causing failure to load. GLT cannot be held responsible for passengers who fail to load.

Special Requirements

Please notify the Get Lost Travel group of any dietary requirements, food allergies and medical conditions at the time of booking or seven days before tour departure. Limited food options are available on extended tours; planning is required to ensure we can accommodate, but this is not guaranteed.

Booking Confirmations & Enquiries

All reservations must be confirmed within 48 hours of departure via email to [email protected].

At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our Darwin Top-End Tours. We must ensure minimal disturbance to this World Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should always be shown.

Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.

Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/

Traditional Owners

Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Wurundjeri people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.

Wildlife Encounters

The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal. They should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife, including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to nature and cause them to become aggressive.

Wildlife should only be handled or fed by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour. It can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and introduction of foods that harm their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.

Wildlife that appears distressed, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.

Protecting our National Parks

People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow the guide/tour leader’s directions. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. Other dangers to be aware of include cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on track ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.

No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth; as they form part of the region’s ecosystem, tracker removal could cause a disturbance.

Waste Management

All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, the region’s ecosystem, and craps are not natural/native to the area and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle to our Grampians Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes significant amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their bottles, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of significant exposure and dehydration.

All our guides carry a current Level 2 Fibottlesrtificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend an existing medical condition to accept their medication with them on tour and notify their tour guide at the beginning.

If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not peripersonal candles or in any accommodation, including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow guests free time but cannot guarantee smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.

What is a suitable age for this tour?

The child policy for this tour is eight guests’ free time, but it cannot guarantee a tour; it’s unsuitable for infants or children 7 years and under. An adult must accompany children at all times.

Do you cater to special dietary requirements?

Yes, please notify us if you have any dietary requirements or medical conditions at the time of booking or at least a few days before. An adult must accompany the children’s arrangements.

What type of food do we eat on tour?

Most of the meals are prepared by our tour guides with basic camping-style food options, and on occasion, they will be provided before departure. Guests are asked to participate in preparing meals, clean-up, and vehicle unpacking/loading as it’s a great way to get to know and connect with fellow travellers.

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

A minimum fitness level is required to complete the walking walks, which will be between 1km to 2km daily, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests.

Where do we stay on tour?

Lodge Fares (codes KR2-S, KR2-P):

Glamping daily ode KR2-B):

What is the minimum number of passengers required to operate?

A minimum of eight people is required to operate our 2-Day Kakadu Tours. We will transfer all monies paid on a future departure date if your departure is cancelled due to insufficient passenger numbers.

How much lugging on tour?

We ask that guests on short breaks/extended tours bring small soft overnight bags and hand luggage only, as we have limited storage onboard our vehicles. Large suitcases and oversized luggage can be left at your hotel on tour.

Are Na fees included in the tour cost?

Autopia Tours includes Parks Australia fees within the tour price; this covers our guests for a 2-day access to Kakadu National Parks. Park Passes are not available while guests are not travelling onboard our tours.

Is it safe to travel in Australia’s outback? (Acceptance of Risk)

Australia is home to these dangerous creatures, 2-day weather conditions, and varied terrain. Experieunavailableangers while camping, hikingtravellinging time outside may increase your risk. Safety is our priority; we are continuously trained to ensure passenger safety. Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury, or accident caused by passengers onboard Tours. Top open must be at least six years old for day trips and eight years old for overnight tours. Children under 18 must always be accompanied by an adult, legal guardian, or caregiver. Despite all care being taken, the responsibility for children on tour lies entirely with their parents or caregivers. Passengers, including children, must wear sunscreen and hats at all times.

Do I require travel insurance for the Top End?

It is highly recommended that all passengers have personal travel insurance, given we’re exploring remote parts of the Northern Territory with always limited access to health process events for sickness or injury. Autopia Tours needs to be authorised to provide information on the type of plan or policy options available. This can be provided by an accredited local travel agent or from your preferred insurance company.

What is the temperature like in the Northern Territory?

The weather in the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season, and the temperature drops dramatically in the evening. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are travelling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will continue unless the provider contacts you.

What is your Vaccination Policy?

According to current Government regulations, it is no longer a requirement to be double vaccinated, although we highly recommend it.

Our COVID Statement

We have implemented comprehensive hygiene measures and increased regular sanitisation to ensure your safety. All staff will be temperature checked before departure, and disposable masks and hand sanitiser will be issued. For more information, click here.

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Litchfield | kakadu wet season tour

best in the wet

embrace your wild

Litchfield National Park & Kakadu National Park wet season tour

Witness waterfalls gone wild, swim in outback creeks, float amongst dinosaurs of the North.  With a backdrop of moody escarpment country, surrounded by ancient indigenous culture.

This is the ‘Best In The Wet’.

day 1 - Tour Features & inclusions

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Wangi falls
  • Tolmer Falls
  • Buley Rockhole
  • Florence Falls
  • Magnetic & Cathedral Termite Mounds
  • Accommodation at Lazy Lizard, Pine Creek
  • Lunch & snacks
  • Dinner at Lazy Lizard (NI)

Day 2 -Tour Features & inclusions

  • Kakadu National Park
  • Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Sunset Yellow Waters Cruise
  • Accommodation at Cooinda – Lodge Room

Day 3 -Tour Features & inclusions

  • Visit to Warradjan Indigenous Culture Centre
  • Visit to Burrungkuy Art region
  • Guided walk through rock art region
  • Visit Jabiru township in Kakadu
  • Visit Murrawadi Gallery

*Optional Extra – fixed wing scenic flight

Top End Green Season Multi Day tour

This audacious Litchfield and Kakadu wet season tour,  ‘ BEST IN THE WET’ , rallies around the Top End Wet Season .  It is the time to feel the power of nature and witness the bucket list shows of lightening and thunder that defines The Wet. Not for the faint hearted the mission is to get you amongst it.

PRIVATE WET SEASON CHARTERS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND ONLY – JAN TO APRIL

Day 1 - Wet Season tour to Litchfield & Kakadu

Darwin to litchfield.

Begin your 3 day wet season adventure with a convenient 8 am pickup  from the front of your accommodation.  From that point forward you are on Top End time and at the complete mercy of mother nature. A sometimes moody host she can decide to put on a bit of a show (storm) or demonstrate her tender side of rainbows and butterflies. Lets hope for both.

Our playground / classroom today is the WATERFALL | PARADISE of Litchfield National Park.  Sporting a variety of walks, swim spots, unique wildlife and wonderous views we are going to deep dive into it all.

Key beauties such as Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls! These are staples of this tour.  As too the crazy big termite mounds and their enigmatic cousins, the magnetic termites.  Try some seasonal bush foods of the non-toxic variety and learn the use of many more.

As the day draws to a close we meander to the historic village of Pine Creek where we lounge in the resort style pool and enjoy the evening show.

Accommodation tonight will be at the Lazy Lizard.

Dinner – Lazy Lizard (not included)

Catering Included – Morning Tea, Lunch

Day 2 - wet season tour to litchfield & Kakadu National Park

Litchfield to kakadu.

Another humane start sees us enjoying a comprehensive continental breakfast at the Lazy Lizard.

Having filled our bellies and minds we ad for entering from the southern end of Kakadu we travel through the undulating hills and ravines of the extensive range known as the Arnhem Escarpment.  At over 300 km long it will be our constant companion we we move north through the park and the ever present reminder as to the antiquity of the region.  Over 1800 million years young.

Arriving in oasis of Cooinda spend some time getting settled into your accommodation before we join the award winning sunset wildlife cruise on the internationally significant wetland of Yellow Waters.  This is still an area of living cultural value for the local Binning people !

Catering included – morning tea | snacks | and cold water

Breakfast – Not included (at Lazy Lizard)

Lunch (not included) can be taken at locations during course of the day.

Dinner (not included) can be taken at Mimi’s Restaurant, Cooinda Lodge

Day 3 - wet season tour to Kakadu and litchfield

Enjoy a sleep in before venturing to the banquet of food provided at the inhouse restaurant (Mimis).  Take in the aroma of fresh coffee and the varied offerings provided.  After breaky it is off to the comprehensive indigenous culture centre, Warradjan.  Shaped like the rare ‘Pig Nosed Turtle’ it is a storehouse for an eclectic array of indigenous culture tools, information and insights.  A great way to add to your expanding knowledge base and preparation for what comes next.

For after the centre we venture out into the wild to actually walk amongst the rich collection of art which adorns the rock walls of Burrungkuy (Nourlangie).  Here we will see great examples of the various styles and stories in the paintings undertaking by the indigenous people of the region.  A record of changing environment and human endeavour is clearly represented amongst these same paintings and provides great food for thought.

Having been awed you will then have the choice of visiting Murrawadi art centre or get above it all in a light air craft 30 minute scenic flight (optional extra).

With the conclusion of both we begin the thoughtful journey back to Darwin.

Expect to arrive around 6 pm.

Catering included –  snacks and cold water.

Catering not included:

  • Breakfast – Mimis cafe
  • Lunch – Mimis
  • Dinner – NA

Burrungkuy rock art

iTINERARY nOTE

The region that our tours are conducted in can experience extreme weather conditions. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary or cancel the tour at any point prior to or during the tour subject to our cancellation policy. Please read our Terms & Conditions on our website prior to booking.

Pick up & Drop Off

We pick up and drop off from all accommodation options in Darwin.  Palmerston by appointment only.

Age Restrictions

Children over 7 years of age are permitted on PUBLIC group tours.  There are no age restrictions on PRIVATE CHARTERS. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Persons of moderate fitness and agility as evidenced by the ability to walk up a flight of stairs unaided without having or feeling like you might have a heart attack are suitable for this tour

Minimum numbers

The tour when operating as a PUBLIC tour has a minimum number requirement before it is confirmed to depart.  Failure to reach this number may lead to cancelation of the tour.  ethical adventures reserves the right to cancel at any time.

If we didn't answer all of your questions or if you want to discuss possible tour options, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

  • +61 1300 763 188 or 0417 244 600

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Kakadu Wet Season Tours

Depart Darwin November to April Mondays, Wednesday and Friday – see the mighty storms and best of the wet !!

NEW ! Airfares Fares from Sydney to Darwin from $168

Kakadu Wet Season Tours includes Two Scenic Flights – explore Kakadu then fly into Arnhem Land on this truly unique wet season tour. Marvel at wet season water falls, and thunderstorms, travel into Kakadu National Park visiting Nourlangie, Nawalandja Lookout and Mamukala Wetlands. Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight into Arnhem Land and be met by a local Aboriginal guide for a private 4WD tour of the Gunbalanya Aboriginal community . Visit the renowned Injalak Aboriginal Art and Craft Centre before embarking on a rock art tour with your local guide.

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Kakadu And Arnhem Land Wet Season 4WD Tours Details

This morning we will visit one of the community’s important rock art sites where you will learn the story of ‘Dog Dreaming’. Relax as your guide shares and interprets the stories of his ancestors and helps you to understand the meaning behind this ancient tradition.

Next we will visit the renowned Injalak Arts and Craft Centre where you will have the opportunity to meet with traditional artists from the community. Artists produce paintings on both bark and paper in a style renowned to western Arnhem Land. Weavings of the highest quality are also produced along with didgeridoos and carvings which you have the opportunity to purchase.

After lunch we will say goodbye to our hosts and reboard a plane for the scenic flight back to Jabiru. From Jabiru we will begin making our way back towards Darwin along the Arnhem Highway making various stops along the way, including a visit to the Mamukala Wetlands.

Return to Darwin approximately 18:30pm

01 November 2011 – 30 April 2012 (excluding 20 December – 31 January as Injalak Art Centre will be closed – alternative touring can be arranged on request)

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Kakadu Wet Season Tour

Inclusions:

  • Professional guide/driver
  • Luxury Landcruiser vehicle
  • Accommodation (Twin share)
  • Meals as stated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Kakadu and Arnhem Land scenic flights
  • Arnhem Land permit fees
  • Aboriginal guide fee
  • Injalak Art Centre visit
  • Kakadu National Park Entrance Fee
  • Kakadu activities
  • Pre/post Tour Accommodation

Rates: Cost per person is: AUD $990.00 – Single Supplement: AUD $105.00 –   No child rate available Minimum of 4 passengers required to operate, maximum of 10. All of the above is subject to availability and valid until 30 April .

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2 Day Kakadu Tour from Darwin

  • 2 Days / 1 Night
  • 08:00 AM - 18:00 PM

fare options:

  • $895 Adult / Child - Glamping Queen Tent
  • $986 Adult / Child - Lodge Double/Twin Room
  • $1,055 Adult 18+ over - Lodge Single Room

*Fare prices are per person for Adults or Children. The minimum age is 8 years and must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. All room types have air-conditioning including the tent. Glamping Tents are for couples with shared bathroom facilities. Lodge Rooms have private ensuites included. Rates increase from 01 April 2024.​

Introducing our Kakadu Overnight Escape experience

Do summer differently and join us on an exclusive tour of a lifetime showcasing the best highlights of the Top End’s during our famous green season. Kakadu offers the opportunity to discover some of the oldest and best-preserved Aboriginal Rock Art in the world, keep a lookout for some of our prehistoric friends (crocodiles) as we cruise the ancient wetlands by boat, and be immersed in the stories and culture of the traditional owners. We’ll be exploring some truly spectacular countryside, amongst pockets of rainforest packed with endemic species of flora and fauna. This fully accommodated tour has you relaxing indoors in comfort each evening after enjoyable days of culture and unmatched vistas. Kakadu’s famous Cooinda Lodge offers luxury in the midst of the Australian bush with air-conditioned retreat tents offering shared bathroom facilities, or you may wish to include a TV and some other creature comforts including an ensuite by staying in a lodge room.

*Autopia Darwin Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule to adapt to seasonal changes. As safety is our top priority, we plan accordingly to ensure our guests have the most fun and best experience possible while on tour .

2 Day Cooinda Kakadu Outback Retreat Touring Map

Tour Details

  • Tour code: KR2-B (glamping) KR2-S/KR2-P (lodge)
  • Operates: Fri, Mon (Nov-Mar)
  • Duration: 2 Days / 1Night
  • 1 Night Accommodation (air-con)
  • Kakadu Park Pass entry ticket
  • Yellow Water Cruise entry
  • Accredited outback driver guide
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
  • Visit the World Heritage-Listed Kakadu National Park
  • Explore Kakadu Aboriginal Cultural Centres
  • Be guided through world-class Aboriginal rock art sites Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) or Ubirr (conditions/seasonality permitting)
  • Enjoy an exclusive dinner menu in Kakadu, showcasing the tastes of the Territory
  • Experience the best of Kakadu’s wildlife on the famous Yellow Water Cruise
  • Stay in the heart of Kakadu in Australia’s bushland in a luxury air-conditioned retreat tent or lodge room
  • With our passionate and experienced guides, you can enjoy expert commentary along the way

*This itinerary is subject to change due to seasonal access permitting us to enter certain areas throughout the tropical summer season. Highlights are a guideline only. Kakadu’s diverse landscape and weather conditions mean a high amount of change and flexibility in the itinerary is expected. Your expert guides will ensure the most amazing adventure is had by all!

What you can actually see!

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Full Itinerary

Start your leisurely journey departing from Darwin and heading out the 300 kms to the UNESCO World Heritag-Listed Kakadu National Park. Our summer is lush and tropical, so we’ll stop at a few places along the way to take in some of the amazing scenery on offer including Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve where we can see a huge array of bird and wildlife species endemic to Australia’s Top End. Passing through the Wetlands Region we’ll of course ensure we have a photo at the welcome sign to Kakadu National Park – an unmissable opportunity. The remainder of the morning will see us wind our way through Kakadu to the north of the park, spending some time in the township of Jabiru. Enjoy a picnic lunch here and browse the art (and great coffee) that Marruwuddi gallery has on offer, before heading south to the hub of Cooinda where we will check in to our accommodation and have a leisurely relaxation. This evening’s sunset will take place on board Kakadu’s famous 2-hour Yellow Water Cruise. This cruise is an absolute must-do for every visitor to the region, with the wet summer season’s rainfall resulting in the billabong stretching much further than it does during the dry winter season. Wildlife abounds and the sky will put on a show as you watch the last of the sun fall beyond the horizon. Your evening will be spent enjoying an amazing 3-course hospitality offering exclusively put together for you by Cooinda’s chef and team to highlight the tastes of the Territory.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner (beverages at own expense). Accom: Cooinda Outback Retreat Glamping (shared bathroom) or Lodge Room (private ensuite). All room types have air-conditioning including the glamping tent. Driving Distance: 315km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 1, flat pathways and/or boardwalks.

You have the potential to rise and shine early on day two and make your way to view the magic of sunrise at Burrungkuy’s Nawurlandja lookout. After admiring the ever-changing colours of this majestic area at this time of day, we will enjoy breakfast close by and then head into Burrungkuy’s main rock art viewing galleries to enjoy some of the best and most notable rock art in Australia. Around mid-morning we will return to check out of our accommodation in Cooinda, and enjoy a cultural art experience in the grounds of Warradjan Cultural Centre which focuses on the central and southern regions of the park. This hands-on art experience will be delivered by local community members including traditional owners. Have the opportunity to explore the cultural centre which also showcases a large gallery and gift shop, and feed your taste buds as we enjoy a picnic lunch in tropical surroundings. After lunch, it’s now time to begin the journey back to Darwin. Winding our way back through around 300 kms of lush Australian bush, allow Kakadu to farewell you as we pass through its amazing biodiverse environment, a notable reason that this wonderful region is UNESCO World Heritage Listed for both natural and cultural values. Returning to Darwin by 6pm, enjoy the remainder of your evening reflecting on the time you’ve spent exploring and the new friends you’ve gained. If hiking, waterfalls and pristine rock pools are next on your list, we look forward to welcoming you back next time during the region’s dry season for further exploration!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Driving Distance: 315 kms. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km Grade 3 with steep areas. Good general agility and sturdy footwork required.

*Autopia Kakadu Tour reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures due to traditional owner ceremonies.

  • 1 Nights’ Accommodation (Kakadu) with air-conditioning
  • Includes: 1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunches, 1 x Dinner
  • Aboriginal culture and rock art viewing
  • 2 hour Yellow Water Billabong Cruise entry
  • Guided rock art viewing
  • Kakadu Park pass entry fees
  • Guided bush walks (up to 1km, grade 3)
  • Hosted by an accredited outback driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned mini coach travel
  • Selected Darwin pick-up/drop-off points
  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary. For those with special dietary requirements we recommend you bring snacks as options can be very limited in the areas we visit
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a location other than listed on our pickup/dropoff locations
  • Personal travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expenses

What to bring

3L Refillable water bottle, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, swimwear (lagoon style pool available at Cooinda), beach towel & toiletries, comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (tread closed toe shoes), all-weather clothing (extreme conditions inc wind, heat, cold, day/night), 7kg soft bag & small day pack, raincoat, tropical strength insect repellent, flashlight, headlamp or torch, money for snacks/refreshments, recharge power bank (potential for limited access to power to charge phone or cameras), camera.

Where to meet

Our central meeting point for this tour will be Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City @ 8:10am. Guests are to be waiting outside the main gates on Cavenagh Street for collection.

  • 7:45 – Darwin Resort – 378 Stuart Hwy Winnellie NT
  • 7:55 – Mercure Darwin Airport – 1 Sir Norman Brearly Drive Darwin City
  • 8:05 – Frontier Hotel Darwin – 3 Buffalo Ct Darwin City
  • 8:10 – Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 8:12 – H on Smith Hotel – 81 Smith St Darwin City
  • 8:14 – The Cavenagh Hotel – 12 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 8:16 – Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone – 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 8:20 – H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment – 105 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 8:23 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade – 116 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 8:25 – Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin – 88 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 8:30 – Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront – 7 Kitchener Dr Darwin City
  • 8:50 – Darwin FreeSpirit Resort – 901 Stuart Hwy Deviney Rd Holtze

Booking terms

Our Contract 

All bookings are made with Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 94 143 929 962) (us/we). By booking a trip with us you have agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in these booking conditions. Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation and/or invoice. Accredited Bus Number: AC003612.

Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 March 2026, effective from 01 June 2024 dates and itineraries are indicative only.

Standard Conditions 

Any references to ‘GLT’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ equates to Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd, which applies to the following GLT brands and entities below Autopia Tours, Wildlife Tours Australia, Walking Country, Wayoutback Australian Safaris, Australian Bus Charters & Tailormade Touring, Boutique Touring Company and Geelong & Bellarine Tours.

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below before booking a trip with us.

We strongly recommend that you also read the information relating to your product or service before booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style, and physical demands of the tour you are undertaking. GLT will not be held responsible for passengers failing to familiarise themselves with the booking terms and conditions.

Although every effort is made, GLT shall not be liable for any illness, injury, damages, loss, delay, or failure to join the tour that may occur due to factors beyond our control. We highly recommend all passengers have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage, should they have to cancel a trip at the last minute.

GLT reserves the right to modify routes or itineraries, vehicle types, fares, days of operation, or even cancel tours when unforeseen circumstances arise. This is especially true during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies. Other accredited tour operators may be used from time to time on some tours.

Fares are shown in Australian Currency and are correct at time of printing but are subject to change.

Traveller Information 

For us to confirm your travel arrangements, you must provide all requested details at the time of booking. Your full name, contact details, email address, dietary requirements (if applicable), nationality, or Australian postcode and any pre-existing medical conditions you have that may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements.

For more information about how we treat your personal information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

Booking Terms and Conditions 

Customers Responsible Travel

The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal, State, and Territory) conditions of entry into Australia and/or at the time of travel for tour and transport services.

In the event that a traveler needs to cancel unexpectedly due to visa restrictions, a medical condition, family reasons, or changes to regulations imposed by the government, the operator shall apply discretion when applying cancellation policies in these circumstances. The operator reserves the right to withhold such a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on when notice of cancellation is given by the customer.

It was previously recommended by the Department of Health that commercial passenger vehicle drivers and passengers wear fitted face masks whilst in transit to minimise the spread of the virus. This is no longer mandatory, but rather at the driver’s or traveller’s own discretion. Some remote regions have limited access to RAT tests, so multi-day travelers are still advised to bring some along.

In the unlikely event that a traveller must leave a tour midway after it has commenced, or attempt to join a tour after departure, the operator is not required to reimburse any aspects of the tour that they did not participate in. As part of this, the traveler is responsible for any relocation expenses incurred from the point of departure to their nominated destination and is the traveller’s responsibility and will not be reimbursed.

Note: Different cancellation conditions may apply if/when booked through third-party agents. Your travel consultant will advise if differences apply. Travelers are strongly advised to purchase personal cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

Cancellations & Refund Policy 

Cancellation by the Traveller 

We understand that travel plans can sometimes change, if you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only take effect when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant booking agent notifying them of your cancellation.

If you wish to change or cancel a trip: 

(a) 0 to 1 day / within 24-hrs from the experience start time or failure to board on tour:      ● will result in a 100% cancellation fee / full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or      (b) 2+ days prior to the departure:      ● we will refund the full balance paid by you in connection with your booking; or      ● flexible date changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available; or      ● alternatively, we can issue a credit voucher for the amount paid to travel on another day

Short Break / Extended Tours

(a) 0 to 14 days before the departure date or failure to board on tour:      ● will result in a 100% cancellation fee / full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or  (b) 15+ days prior to the departure:      ● we will refund the full balance paid by you in connection with your booking; or      ● flexible date changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available; or      ● alternatively, we can issue a credit voucher for the amount paid to travel on another day

Any credit travel voucher resulting from a cancellation under (Cancellation by the Traveller) has an expiry date of 3 years and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is transferable on experience, however not redeemable for cash.

Note different cancellation conditions may apply if/when booked through third-party agents, your travel consultant will advise if differences apply. We strongly advise travellers to take out personal cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

Cancellation by the Operator 

Our trips are guaranteed to depart once minimum group sizes have been met for the tour, unless it specifically states otherwise (refer to Product Fact Sheets) or in the event of a Force Majeure (refer below) resulting in the cancellation of a trip.

We have the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if external events occur that deem it not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.

Standard Cancellation 

If we the tour operator cancel your trip, we can offer you a choice of: (a) a 100% reimbursement of monies paid for your trip (b) transfer amounts paid to an alternative departure date or tour operated by GLT; or (c) issued with a credit travel voucher to the amount paid for your trip, valid for 3-years

Force Majeure Cancellation 

If a trip is cancelled due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’, we can offer you a choice of: (a) a 100% credit voucher of monies paid for your trip; or (b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

If the cancellation due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’ occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata: (a) 110% credit voucher for the days that remain on your trip; or (b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your trip.

Any credit travel voucher resulting from a cancellation as mentioned in (Cancellation by the Traveller):      ● 3-year expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by GLT;      ● are not redeemable for cash;      ● excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions

In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less than any unrecoverable costs. GLT cannot be held responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess, or non-refundable flights.

A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergency; flood; windstorm or other extreme weather event; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue.

Acceptance of Risk

Australia is home to a wide range of dangerous animals, extreme weather conditions, and varied terrain. Experiencing these dangers while camping, hiking, or passing time outside may increase your personal risk. Safety is our number one priority and our guides are highly trained to ensure passenger safety at all times. Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury, or accident caused by passengers onboard our tours.

Travel Insurance

We recommend all guests have personal travel insurance which should be taken out at the time of booking prior to tour departure. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident death, 24/7 medical expenses, and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$ 200,000 for each of the categories of cover.

We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation curtailment, COVID-19 cover, personal liability, and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number, and the emergency contact number with you rather than the bank’s name and credit card details.

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is not permitted on board our vehicles. We reserve the right to refuse re-entry if passengers are overly intoxicated and pose a threat to other passengers, our driver, or our vehicle. We also reserve the right to advise at any time prior to departure and whilst in operation, that alcohol is no longer permitted. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, photo ID is required.

Child Policy (Age Requirements)

Our child and infant policy and pricing do vary depending on the trip; this is due to the diversity in our product range. All travellers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Due to the nature of our extended tours, a moderate level of fitness is required to complete walks and for safety reasons not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under. Except the Northern Territory where the minimum age is 8 years and over for any multi-day tour.

Important Note: Due to the type of experiences we operate throughout Australia, some may require a medium to high level of fitness and a doctor’s certificate is required for people over 70 years old (30 days before travel).

Prices and surcharges  

Our tour prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. Depending on the trip, passengers are likely to be charged different prices, so booking at that time is the best option if you like the price. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your fare price will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below in (Cancellation by the Traveller). The most up-to-date pricing is available on our websites. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by credit card.

Luggage Policy 

To maximize the comfort of your journey no luggage storage facilities are provided on our (Day Trips): It is recommended you bring a small day pack no bigger than 5-7kg. (Short-Break / Extended Tours): Maximum baggage allowance per person is 15-20kg preferably a soft travelling pack. Excessive amounts of luggage may incur a surcharge fee. Inappropriate luggage presented on the day of departure such as surfboards, bikes, and an excessive amount of luggage may result in refusal to board unless previously arranged. Other: mobility scooters, wheelchairs, pushers, prams, walking frames, and other walking aids cannot be stored safely on our vehicles. Please advise prior to booking if there are any of these aids required.

Pick-up & Drop-offs

GLT may offer complimentary inner-city pick-up and drop-off services to selected accommodation providers. Please note it is the customer’s responsibility to be waiting out the front of your selected pickup location (accommodation provider) at least 10 minutes before departure. Failure to wait out the front of your selected accommodation or nominated meeting point may result in the tour guide being unable to locate you causing failure to load. GLT cannot be held responsible for passengers who fail to load.

Special Requirements

Please notify the tour operator of any food allergies or special dietary requirements, and/or medical conditions at the time of booking or 7 days prior to the tour departure. While we endeavor to cater to most dietary needs, there are limited food options in some regions we visit on extended tours, so forward planning is required to ensure we can accommodate but it is not guaranteed. For those with special dietaries, we recommend you bring snacks along.

Booking Confirmations & Enquiries 

All reservations must be confirmed within 48 hours of departure via email to [email protected].

Updated June 2024.

Our commitment

At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our Darwin Top End Tours. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this World  Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.

Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.

Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/

Traditional Owners

Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Wurundjeri people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.

Wildlife Encounters

The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.

Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.

Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.

Protecting our National Parks

People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.

No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.

Waste Management

All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our Grampians Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.

All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.

If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.

Know before you book

What is a suitable age for this tour?

The child policy for this tour is 8 years old and over, due to the nature of this tour, it’s not suitable for infants or children 7 years and under.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Do you cater to special dietary requirements?

Yes, please notify us if you have any dietary requirements or medical conditions at the time of booking, or at least a few days prior to departure, that way we can make any necessary arrangements.

What type of food do we eat on tour?

Most of the meals are prepared by our tour guides with basic camping-style food options and on occasions, they will be provided by our accommodation providers onsite. Guests are asked to participate in the preparation of meals, clean-up, and vehicle unpacking/loading as it’s a great way to get to know and connect with your fellow travellers.

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

A minimum level of fitness is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be between 1km to 2km each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests. 

Where do we stay on tour?

Lodge Fares (codes KR2-S, KR2-P):  

Glamping Fares (code KR2-B):  

What is the minimum number of passengers required in order to operate?

A minimum of eight people is required to operate our 2-Day Kakadu Tours. We will transfer all monies paid on a future departure date if your departure is cancelled due to insufficient passenger numbers.

How much luggage can I bring on tour?

We ask that guests travelling on short break/extended tours bring small soft overnight bags and hand luggage only as we have limited storage onboard our vehicles. Large suitcases and oversized luggage can be left at your hotel whilst you are on tour.

Are National Park fees included in the tour cost?

Autopia Tours includes Parks Australia fees within the tour price, this covers our guests for a 2-Day access to Kakadu National Parks. Park Passes are not available for purchase by guests not traveling onboard our tours.

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Australia is home to many dangerous creatures, extreme weather conditions, and varied terrain. Experiencing these dangers while camping, hiking, or passing time outside may increase your personal risk. Safety is our number one priority, and our guides are highly trained to ensure passenger safety at all times. Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury, or accident caused by passengers onboard Autopia Tours. In the Top End, children must be at least 6 years old for day trips and 8 years old for overnight tours. Children under the age of 18 must always be accompanied by an adult, legal guardian, or caregiver. Despite all care being taken, the responsibility for children on tour lies entirely with their parents or caregivers. Passengers, including children, must wear shoes, sunscreen, and hats at all times.

Do I require travel insurance for the Top End?

It is highly recommended that all passengers have personal travel insurance, given we’re exploring remote parts of the Northern Territory with limited access to health professionals in the event of sickness or injury.  Autopia Tours is not authorised to provide information on the type of plan or policy options available. This can be provided by an accredited local travel agent or from your preferred insurance company.

What is the temperature like in the Northern Territory?

The weather in the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season and in the evening the temperature drops dramatically. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are traveling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider.

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How long should I spend here?

Kakadu is about one third the size of Tasmania. Some ‘do’ Kakadu in a daytrip from Darwin ; others spend two weeks here and still don’t see as much as they’d like. We reckon any length of time from three days onwards will help you feel like you’ve ‘done’ the park properly.

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Straight out of a painting; exquisite lilies on Yellow Water Billabong against a bruised grey sky (photo: Paul Arnold).

What’s the weather like?

Although the year can be roughly divided into two seasons, the dry (May–October) and the wet (November–April), the six seasons, used by Kakadu’s indigenous people for millennia, will give you a much better idea of what to expect and when:

Gudjewg: January to March, 24–34ºC: Monsoon season. Expect blue skies each morning, late afternoon thunderstorms and high humidity levels, when waterfalls thunder, greenery explodes and a third of the park becomes floodplains.

You can still cruise, fly and drive to many of the park’s attractions; special wet seasons cruises operate at this time of year, too.

Banggerreng: April, 23–34ºC: Storm season. Expect the last of ‘knock-em-down’ rains among clearing skies.

Landscapes remain lush, while receding waters – also known as the ‘run-off’ – cause fish to congregate in certain areas, making this a fantastic time of year to join one of Kakadu’s fishing tours.

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Fishing at Yellow Water River with a spectacular sunset glowing in the distance.

Yegge: May to June, 21-33ºC: Cooler but still humid season. A lovely time to visit, when storms have finished and wetlands are carpeted with water lilies (make sure you take a cruise). Cooler breezes bring morning mists and respite from humidity.

Previously flooded roads open up, offering access to different areas of the park.

Wurrgeng: Mid June to mid August, 17–30ºC: ‘Cold’ season. As waterways and floodplains have dried up, some wet season cruises are unavailable, but more open roads mean more access via car instead. Meanwhile magpie geese, fat and heavy from weeks of feasting, flock to billabongs, resulting in fantastic bird-watching.

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The best bit is the deafening roar as the sky fills with tens of thousands of wetland birds evading a hungry crocodile, sea eagle or dingo.” – Rachael Arnold, Kakadu Animal Tracks Safari

Gurrung: Late August to September, 23–37ºC: Hot dry season. Heat returns and clouds start to gather, but humidity keeps its distance. Billabongs remain crowded with birds (including those magpie geese), ensuring great birdwatching; the majority of the park remains accessible by road.

Gunumeleng: October to December, 24–37ºC: Pre-monsoon season. Gunumeleng can last from a few weeks to several months, with dazzling lightning shows that hint at storms to come. Almost all roads are still accessible at this time of year, but watch for early rains.

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The remote entrance to Kakadu National Park.

What kind of accommodation is available?

There are so many more choices than we have room for here: designated bush camping sites, camping grounds and caravan parks, motel-style lodges, resorts, wilderness retreats… Check out our ‘Best places to stay in Kakadu’ accommodation page for all options.

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The famous Crocodile Hotel in Kakadu

Note that some camping sites require a permit and others ban alcohol.

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Kakadu indulgence: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Do I really need a 4WD?

Like many other national parks, general access around Kakadu is by regular sealed roads and walking tracks, so a 4WD isn’t strictly necessary.

Be warned, though, that a couple of the park’s most spectacular sites, such as Jim Jim Falls, are only accessible by 4WD.

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Getting amongst it on a Kakadu 4WD (photo: Lee Atkinson).

The good news is that Kakadu is a brilliant place for first-time four-wheel drivers, particularly in the dry when well-travelled tracks mean you won’t entirely be heading off into the wilderness alone. If you’re not that keen on driving, you can also take a 4WD tour.

Should I do a Kakadu tour?

Probably. To get the most out of the experience you will need some interpretation of the landscape, the flora, the fauna and most definitely the culture.

We have taken the guess work out with our guide to which Kakadu tours would suit you.

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Enjoy a Yellow Water Cruise at sunset through the Kakadu wetlands (photo: David Hancock)

Is there mobile reception?

Not outside the main areas of Jabiru, Cooinda and the Bowali Visitors Centre – but there is wi-fi in the Jabiru town library and many hotels. Remember to tell someone where you are going each day, especially if you happen to be travelling alone (which we don’t recommend).

Is Kakadu any good with and for kids?

Warradjan Cultural Centre, Kakadu National Park

Warradjan Cultural Centre at Kakadu National Park.

Kakadu is brilliant for kids, but there are a couple of things you’ll need to keep in mind.

Firstly, walking paths tend to be well-cleared and sometimes boardwalked but there are usually no barriers, so a close eye will be needed for little ones near waterholes where crocs may lurk.

Very little legs will probably only make it to easily accessible sites like Nourlangie and Ubirr and your best bet just might involve a cruise or two. You should also check out the free cultural activities available seasonally through Bowali Visitors Centre.

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A post-walk soak at Gunlom Falls, Kakadu (photo: Jennifer Pinkerton).

What should I pack when visiting Kakadu?

Aside from the obvious, such as hat, sunscreen, mozzie repellent and good walking shoes? Extra camera batteries. Also, if like us you’re prone to losing sunglasses and dropping brand new phones, we’d suggest picking up a waterproof disposable camera.

Finally, you’ll want a big, reusable water bottle – it’s recommended you drink four litres a day here, with a minimum of two litres to carry on a walk. You can refill at most managed campsites, hotels and major sights.

Kakadu Floodplains

Airboating on Kakadu floodplains

Let’s talk about crocodiles.

In the Territory, you soon learn that living with crocs is like living with stingers in, say, Cairns – have respect and awareness, and you’ll be fine.

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An estuarine (saltwater) crocodile in Kakadu. Observe these majestic creatures from a safe distance on a boat cruise down the Yellow Water wetlands.

At Kakadu, according to Parks Australia, that means you should always assume there are crocodiles in any body of water you see.

However, there are areas that are designated safe to swim in. As those areas can change, however, your best bet is to check with local park rangers or at a visitors’ centre, before you jump in.

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The bucket-list swimming spot: Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park (photo: Sarah Mackie).

Walking Kakadu: is it suitable for old knees?

Well, yes – and no. You’ll be stoked with the accessibility of popular sites likes Nourlangie and Ubirr – they’re short, easygoing walks, with Ubirr even partially wheelchair/pram-accessible (not bad for a remote wilderness park that’s a third of the size of Tasmania).

Cruises, such as the Yellow Water and Guluyambi are likewise great options – road access to these boat ramps is 2WD so you can pull up, sit back and enjoy.

Not all sites are easy going. Hiking to the top of waterfalls such as Jim Jim Falls can be moderately challenging, thanks to the steep inclines. Check our story on the best walking in Kakadu and check out National Parks walks page for more.

Best visitors’ centres?

The Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Cooinda (gagudjudreaming.com) presents Aboriginal culture the way the local Aboriginal community want it displayed and you’ll find it’s engaging, challenging and fascinating.

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Cultural tour at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park. NT.

Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours is further afield and operating out of Adelaide River. Completely Aboriginal-owned and operated, it offers you a two-hour immersion in culture and nature including finding bush tucker and making baskets and bags as well as the art of playing the clapstick and didgeridoo. (Thursday–Monday from April to November) (pudakul.com.au).

The Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru is a pleasant, cool place with a small library and display area and a most helpful information desk. There’s even a coffee shop.

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu

Jim Jim Falls Kakadu just after the wet (Photo: Tourism NT)

Visiting Kakadu in the Wet Season?

Honestly? We’d argue that seeing Kakadu in the Wet is almost better than in the dry.

This park is home to Australia’s ‘true’ wet season, where heat and humidity generate an explosion of colours and life.

Dramatic thunderstorms, lightning and flooding allow spear grass to grow to over two metres tall, flushing the woodlands with a silvery-green hue; magpie geese nest in the sedgelands; native rats, snakes and goannas seek refuge in the trees, and waterfalls gush with huge force. A third of the park becomes floodplains you can explore by boat.

The end result is one of Earth’s great marvels… even better, it’s crowd-free.

YES, BUT I’M NOT A HUGE FAN OF SPENDING MY HOLIDAYS IN THE RAIN.

Then we’ve got good news – you won’t.

A typical day during wet season is typical of anywhere in the tropics: mornings are lovely and clear, and then storm clouds will build until around 4pm, when warm, fat raindrops will be unleashed, fast and furious, for a good hour or two.

Occasionally, there might be a week or two where light rain will set in due to a tropical low sitting off the coast, but there can also be weeks at a time with no rain.

The main thing you’ll have to deal with is humidity. Locals plan their lives around weather reporting on the Bureau of Meteorology website (bom.gov.au) and recommend you plan your activities the same way. You can also download the BOM app from app stores.

SO WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN THE WET AT KAKADU?

Drive through it: You can still road-trip through the park: the Arnhem and Kakadu highways remain open, as do the roads to Nourlangie, Ubirr and Cooinda, although they may occasionally close after big storms.

The roads to Jim Jim and Twin Falls, however, will be closed – best way to see these is on a scenic flight.

Old Jim Jim Road, Gunlom, Maguk and Sandy Billabong are also out of action. Many minor unsealed roads are closed; those that remain open are 4WD-only and some bush campgrounds are closed – you’ll find details at kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com .

Cruise the floodplains: The iconic Yellow Water cruise still operates during the Wet; if anything, we think the experience is better this time of year. Guluyambi cruise operators are also open, but they move from their dry season home on the East Alligator River to the flooded Magela Wetlands.

Crossing the Magela also gives you access to the normally popular Ubirr rock art site even when road access is closed – consider it your backstage pass to the art.

Go fishing: Generally, the ultimate time to go fishing is actually at the end of the Wet (mid-March to April), when waters start to recede and fish collect in certain areas, though there are some areas where the fishing is better towards the middle of the season. See top fishing spots .

Take a scenic-flight: Kakadu Air, North Australian Helicopters and The Scenic Flight Company all offer scenic flights over the falls in the wet.

As you’d expect, seeing the waterfalls from above, operating at full force, is something else.

See rock art: Popular rock art site Nourlangie is not only accessible during the Wet but was, in the past, a home base for indigenous people during the wet months. You can also take the moderate six-kilometre walk to nearby Gubara Pools for a lovely, cooling swim.

That walk also includes a turn-off to lesser-known rock art site Nanguluwur – bonus! Visit Mamukala Wetlands: Mamukala is generally open year-round and is home to a bird hide, from which you can watch egrets, darters, herons and forest kingfishers undisturbed across the pandanus, paperbark tree and lily pad-strewn waters.

There is more to see and do than this, mind you: check out our page on Kakadu rock art .

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Guide to Kakadu National Park During the Wet

There’s something I need to settle right now: there’s nothing wrong with visiting Kakadu National Park during the wet. Something everyone said to me was that it everything would be closed, especially for a 2WD. But man, were those people wrong.

Kakadu National Park is luscious and bright green in the wet season. It’s known as one of the best national parks in Australia, and although there aren’t as many sights open during the wet, it still shouldn’t be missed.

I’m pleased to say, the park is easy to navigate and access during the wet season with a 2WD vehicle. Many people say not to go to north during the wet as it’s dangerous in a two wheel drive, but I’ve had no problems with this.

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This guide to Kakadu National Park during the wet will include what to expect of the park, what may be open, what’s closed and other important information.

What I focus on in my national park guides is enjoying time in the outdoors and what makes each park special. I also write honest and realistic experiences in each place, that way readers can get the most out of each guide.

For other national park guides, check out Booderee National Park , Springbrook National Park and Ben Boyd National Park .

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Fast Facts on Visiting Kakadu National Park During the Wet

As a non-resident of the Northern Territory, I found it difficult to determine how safe it is it visiting Kakadu National Park during the wet season. To ease the concerns, these are fast facts on what to know about visiting during the wet.

  • Check local road conditions : possible flooded roads are the only barrier from accessing the park. Or other road problems, which would be noted on the same site.
  • Nearly all roads are sealed (paved) within the park: aside from flooded roads, those that are open are mainly sealed and well-maintained.
  • Check the access report : Kakadu has a page that shares exactly what is open in the park, when it may open again, and how accessible it is. Use this to plan where to go.
  • Be aware of local weather: check the weather, but keep in mind Kakadu is big. Even if the weather shows rain it may not rain everywhere or everyday.
  • It’s hot and humid, plan accordingly: don’t underestimate Kakadu’s heat. During the wet season, the hot and humid weather is intense. Plan to do activities early morning or late afternoon and relax during the day.
  • Drink loads of water: in this tropical climate it’s recommended to drink 6-8 litres of water a day.
  • Be prepared: Think of a worst-case-scenarios and bring extra food and fuel, in case you’re stuck in Kakadu due to flooding, or if restaurants are closed.

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The Best of Kakadu During the Wet Season

Those that know the Northern Territory well, know that the wet seasons is when the natural beauty comes alive. This means lush foliage, blossoming flowers and active wildlife. For wildlife, the park the most diverse bird population in all of Australia. There’s also crocodiles, wallabies, kangaroos, emus and feral animals.

Ideally, the waterfalls are bursting with water from the wet season, but it’s not as easy to see them due to flooding and road closures. In which case, it’s better to visit Kakadu just before the wet season if waterfalls are top on your list. Or just after to get the most out of the green landscape and flowing waterfalls.

Except for the closures, Kakadu National Park is an amazing place to visit during the wet season. Its natural beauty is over the top and it’s much more than just an iconic movie backdrop from Crocodile Dundee.

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Visiting Kakadu National Park During the Wet: 2WD or 4WD?

There’s a lot of emphasis of 2WD’s vehicle not being suitable for the north end of Australia during the wet season, especially when it comes to a remote national park such as Kakadu. This section will cover the importance of 2WD and 4WD vehicles in Kakadu National Park during the wet season.

I visited the park in a 2WD in the middle of an intense wet season and had no problems. I never got bogged, stuck, lost or had a major breakdown. A general rule is to make sure you have a reliable vehicle, whether that’s 2WD or 4WD.

When a 2WD vehicle may become and issue is if an intense rain storm is going on while you’re in the park. By this I mean, you’re planning the trip, road conditions are good but then it deteriorates while in the park. Certain areas may flood and there’s a slim chance you could be stuck in the park until it gets better. In which case, it’s better to leave before this happens.

Most of the roads in Kakadu National Park that are accessible by 2WD, stay the same year-round. Flooding is the main pre-determining factor that would change this, and while flash floods do occur. Keeping up to date with road conditions is the best way to stay organized.

The reason 4WD vehicles may be better is for those few unsealed roads, and through minor flooding. My 2WD vehicle was able to get through all of the roads during the wet season that were open, and even those recommended for 4WD.

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What’s Open During the Wet

The most up to date information on what’s open in Kakadu National Park year-round is the access report . For those unfamiliar with the park and how to navigate it, I’m sharing a more in-depth view over what’s open during the wet, why and other options to consider.

This is assuming the park’s main highways are open, which are the Arnhem and Kakadu Highways. This information is also available on the access report.

A few common places that may be open during the wet season are mainly in the Nourlangie region . This area is a great way to see Kakadu’s beauty despite other closures in the park.

Depending on road flooding this may be the Nourlangie rock art site , Nawurlandja Lookout Walk , Kubara Pools Walk and the Nanguluwurr Art Site Walk . The last two on this list are on a dirt road and may be the hardest to get to depending on the conditions. They’re also a few kilometres walk, which gets difficult during the hot times of the day.

The Nourlangie rock art site has walks to see the different art sites, and an easy to access lookout.

The Mamukala wetlands may also be open depending on the water levels, which are always changing. This is a nice board walk towards the wetlands with large and covered viewing areas.

Finally, the Yellow River Cruises are open all year and a make a unique opportunity to see something different. The boats can go much further during the wet season and it’s a completely different outlook on the nature. I did this tour and recommend it to enjoy another side of Kakadu that isn’t visible on walks during the wet season.

Often some areas may close and reopen throughout the wet season depending on the weather. Stay up to date with the access report before planning a trip.

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What’s Closed During the Wet

The main pockets of what’s closed in Kakadu National Park during the wet season is the 4WD accessible tracks. Also the East Alligator region, which can be cut off due to major flooding over the road connecting this area to the rest of Kakadu.

Every wet season is different though and there may be different rain intensities at different times of the season. Always check on the full access report to see what sites are open.

For specific regions that may be closed during the wet season, it includes: Jim Jim and Twin Falls Section and East Alligator Region . The other regions except for Jabiru and Nourlangie regions may have a few sites open, such as campsites, walks and billabongs. Most of these don’t have too much to see, and many campgrounds have limited facilities—by that I mean no showers.

Despite many walks being open, it gets exhausting to do most during the day with hot and humid weather. Plan on site seeing during the coolest times of the day, and spend the other portion of the day relaxing—perhaps somewhere in the shade.

Just remember that some of the spots that are closed may reopen throughout the season. The Ubirr rock art site may be accessible if the wet season isn’t as intense, or if it hasn’t rain much in the season.

Otherwise, on the access report for Kakadu, there’s information on when sites may open and the entire procedure for opening a site. Some sites may not fully open until June, depending on the wet season.

Not all accommodation options are open during the wet season, but I found most are. There’s different options for camping and hotels at both Jabiru and Cooinda. There are campgrounds in the national parks but these have limited facilities. Personally after a day of hiking, it’s better to take a shower, so choose what works with you lifestyle.

For more information on travelling Australia, check out these road trip guides on the east coast: Brisbane to Cairns , Sydney to Brisbane , Melbourne to Sydney inland and coastal and the Great Ocean Road .

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9 immersive Kakadu tours you must experience

Elizabeth Whitehead

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09 February 2024

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Kakadu is not only steeped in natural beauty – it also holds 65,000 years of Indigenous history.

Choosing which tours to do in Kakadu National Park can be bamboozling, so we’ve taken the hard work out with this list of the best tours in Kakadu.

The Traditional Owners are the Bininj in the north of Kakadu and the Mungguy in the south. The landscape heaves with life, both cultural and natural, and contains a multitude of spiritual sites.

There are plenty of tours in Kakadu that offer incredible insights into the land and local culture. Where possible, it’s a great idea to seek out  Indigenous-owned businesses  and tour guides, as Aboriginal people hold the knowledge, stories and culture of the region and have done so for many millennia.

It’s worth noting that to enter Kakadu, you’ll need to purchase a Parks Pass , which can be organised online, or bought at one of the locations listed on Parks Australia’s website. Once you’ve got that sorted, here are the best tours in Kakadu to explore.

1. Yellow Water Cruises

Best for: Families and wildlife lovers

The  Yellow Water Cruise  is one of the most iconic tours in Kakadu and operates year-round out of Cooinda Lodge (one of  Kakadu’s most popular accommodation offerings ). The landscape is ever-changing depending on the season, so no two cruises will be the same.

a woman admiring the sunset on a Yellow Water Cruise in Kakadu

Take the Yellow Water Cruise at sunset.

The wetlands are truly spectacular, and you’ll spot birdlife in abundance. Kakadu is home to around one-third of Australia’s bird species, and on the Yellow Water Billabong is a great place to witness jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese and egrets. Take the tour at dawn or dusk when the wildlife is more active.

a Magpie Goose in the wetlands of Kakadu

Magpie Goose resides in the wetlands of Kakadu. (Image: Gillian McLaughlin)

Price: Starting from $105 per person for a 1.5-hour cruise

2. Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

Best for: Travellers seeking a cultural experience

From a small dock not far from Ubirr, you will venture to the  Arnhem Land  side of the East Alligator River on a  small covered boat cruise.  This is an intimate tour where an Aboriginal guide will share local culture, stories and mythology.

a crocodile in Kakadu

Expect to see a crocodile up close. (Image: Tourism NT/Sean Scott)

This Aboriginal reserve is otherwise inaccessible to tourists unless you have a permit. However, as guests of the Traditional Owners on this tour, you can venture where most cannot. Expect to see some impressively large crocodiles, sandy beaches, ancient rock art and a spear-throwing demonstration.

a man standing on top of a beach rock at sunset

This intimate tour is with an Aboriginal guide who will share local culture, stories and mythology. (Image: Helen Orr)

Price: $84 for a one-hour and 45-minute cruise

3. Rock art tours

Best for: Families and travellers curious about Indigenous history and spirituality.

Kakadu holds thousands of  rock art sites , which are some of the oldest records of any group of people in the world. The two most famous rock art sites in Kakadu are Ubirr and Burrungkuy (Nourlangie). Here, you’ll find enigmatic depictions of animals, spirits and Indigenous Creation Ancestors.

James Morgan explaining Ubirr Rock Art to visitors

Find mystic creatures illustrated on the Burrungkuy Rock Art.

If you’re interested in learning about local Indigenous culture, a taking tour of Kakadu’s rock art is one of the best things to do in the national park.

The local Bininj guides of  Yibekka Rock Art Tours  lead tours to Burrungkuy, sharing the incredible stories behind the rock art as well as the Dreaming stories held within the landscape.

enigmatic drawings on the rock at Ubirr, Kakadu

Yibekka Rock Art Tours lead tours to Burrungkuy. (Image: Namarrkon adeshfr)

For groups looking to enrich their experience in Kakadu, take a cultural tour of Ubirr and/or Burrungkuy with  Ayal Aboriginal Tours , where your knowledgeable guide will interpret the landscape and images you’re witnessing.

Victor Cooper accompanying tourists during Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu

Tour Kakadu bushlands with Ayal Aboriginal Tours’ local guide Victor Cooper.

Price: For Yibekka Tours, enquire about pricing on their website. For Ayal Aboriginal Tours, a private guide for 90 minutes starts at $550 for groups of up to 15 people.

4. Ranger-guided walks, talks and workshops

Best for: Families and travellers curious about Indigenous history and spirituality

One of the best things about Kakadu is that its most popular walking trails are staffed by park rangers who, during the dry season, give guided tours for free. The tours are part of Kakadu’s interpretive program, which includes guided walks, slideshows in certain campgrounds, art site talks and cultural demonstrations like pandanus weaving and Indigenous painting techniques.

The program schedule changes each dry season, so stay up to date with The Parks’  schedule of ranger-guided activities . Attending is free, although you do need to book online in advance.

two people sitting on a rock at Nawurlandja Lookout, Kakadu

See spectacular views of Kakadu from the Nawurlandja Lookout.

Price: Free

5. Wildlife safari

Best for: Immersing in Aboriginal culture

Animal Tracks  is a seven-hour wildlife safari and fascinating Aboriginal cultural tour in a 4WD bus that runs in the dry season.

You’ll hunt and forage ingredients for your dinner, then cook them to eat while watching the sunset over a billabong alive with bird life. Animal Tracks has exclusive access to some areas of wetlands and woodlands, with a maximum of 18 guests and led by an expert Aboriginal guide.

a couple at the Animal Tracks Safari in Kakadu

Hunt, forage and cook ingredients for your dinner with Animal Tracks Safari. (Image: Tourism NT/Helen Orr)

Price: From $220

6. Scenic flights

Best for: Travellers with an adventurous streak

A helicopter flight in Kakadu is an unforgettable experience. Get a new perspective of the floodplains and escarpments from the air, especially in the wet season. Feel like you’re in an action movie as you soar over savanna woodlands in a doorless helicopter, whizzing past magnificent waterfalls and darting through canyons.

a scenic flight over Twin Falls, Kakadu National Park

Hop on a scenic flight over Twin Falls, Kakadu National Park. (Image: Tourism NT)

Kakadu Air Services  offer scenic flight options that last between 20 minutes and an hour. If you’re short on time, Kakadu Air Services also offer a Darwin to Kakadu day trip via helicopter that takes in a few of the key attractions, as well as unparalleled vistas of the landscape. The tour returns to Darwin at 4pm on the same day.

an aerial view of Kakadu National Park

Be mesmerised by the jagged rock formations up above.

The Scenic Flight Company is another local operator with 14 years of experience in aviation tourism. Visitors can truly kick back and take in the landscape with a one-hour and 45-minute scenic helicopter tour.

an aerial view of the waterfalls in Kakadu

Kakadu has the most magnificent waterfalls.

Price: From $150 for a half-hour fixed-wing flight with Kakadu Air Services.  Enquire here  for pricing for The Scenic Flight Company.

7. 4WD tours

Best for: Travellers looking to get off the beaten path (literally).

A four-wheel-drive tour of Kakadu allows visitors to get right into the heart of the National Park, and access areas way off the beaten track.

For a full day of activity, hop in a 4WD with the Indigenous-owned Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tour  that departs from Cooinda Lodge. In the dry season, you’ll head for Jim Jim and Twin Falls, which plunge off the escarpment, making them two of the most spectacular sights in Kakadu.

an aerial view of falls in Kakadu

Hover above the spectacular waterfalls in Kakadu.

If you’re looking for unique cultural insights, the Traditional Owners that run  Kakadu Cultural Tours  have access to exclusive sites in Northern Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Arnhemlander is an exceptional day tour into Western Arnhem Land.

people walking at sunset during Kakadu Cultural Tours

Immerse in the wilderness with Kakadu Cultural Tours. (Image: Tourism NT/Tourism Australia)

Or perhaps you’d like to a few days with Sab Lord – a legend in the Northern Territory known as a classic outback character. Sab’s Lords Safaris take day and multi-day tours into Kakadu. His family owned and operated the last pastoral land that later became part of Kakadu National Park and Sab has maintained his connection to the land.

Price: The Spirit of Kakadu starts from $380 and The Arnhemlander starts from $289.  Enquire here  for Lord’s Safari’s multi-day tour pricing.

8. Fishing trips

Best for: Fishing fanatics

The wet season displaces millions of litres of water, making Kakadu a  fishing hotspot . After the wet season, barramundi (alongside other fish) collect in certain areas, including Yellow Water, South and East Alligator River, Sandy Billabong, and Two- and Four-Mile Holes.

Fishing in Kakadu requires a licence, but if you don’t have one (or don’t want the hassle of hiring your boat and 4WD), you can join a local fishing tour. Some operators like  Kakadu Fishing Tours  run day tours from Darwin to Kakadu.

Otherwise, there are a few options if you’d like to add some fishing to your itinerary while in the park. Kakadu Fishing Tours also runs a charter service that can go anywhere you like.

Cooinda Lodge offers  Yellow Water Fishing Tours  on the beautiful Yellow Water Billabong.  Bamurru Lodge , a luxury property nearby Kakadu, turns exclusively into a dedicated barramundi fishing lodge during the run-off.

birds flying over Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu

Watch the birds flock to Yellow Water Billabong. (Image: Tourism Australia)

Price: Yellow Water Fishing Tours are from $250 per person including all fishing gear and cold drinks. Half-day fishing tours are from $250 per person with Kakadu Fishing Tours.

9. Day trips from Darwin

Best for: Travellers short on time, travellers without a car, or travellers who want to kick back and let someone else take care of the planning.

Take away the stress of organising your visit to Kakadu with either a day trip or a multi-day tour from Darwin. We recommend more than one day to truly take in all the region has to offer, but if time is a luxury you don’t have, then there are a few options.

A scenic  flight tour of Kakadu from Darwin  will save you the most time, stopping off at a few key attractions before returning to Darwin in the afternoon.

Or, set out bright and early for a day tour of Kakadu from Darwin via coach with  AAT Kings . If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, then  Intrepid Tours  offers a four-day Darwin to Kakadu tour that takes in the very best the Top End has to offer.

an aerial view of Kakadu National Park

There’s just more to discover in the Top End.

Price: Day tours via air start at $849 with Kakadu Air Services. A day tour via coach starts at $365 with AAT Kings. A four-day trip is from $1484 with Intrepid.

Elizabeth Whitehead has been a travel writer since she realised the most interesting stories are the ones about the world we live in. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her baking focaccia, birdwatching or exploring in her campervan.

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Wonders of the wet-season - Amazing Kakadu tours and more!

The wet-season = spectacular kakadu tours, exciting litchfield safaris and relaxing katherine gorge cruises... .

The wet-season is a time of lush green landscapes, epic sunsets and Hollywood quality lightning shows! Although a wet-season tour may not be no. 1 on everyone’s bucket list we have found many people who visit during the dry-season often seek to come back and experience the other side of the coin.

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Depending on who you ask the wet-season starts in October or November and runs all the way up until the end of April. The beginning of ‘the wet’ is a time we call the ‘build-up’ and it’s a time where the Top End is at its hottest as we wait for the onset of the monsoonal rains. This is the ‘silly season’ a time when people are known to go a little ‘troppo’ as the Gods tease us with cooling rains but not a lot eventuates. It does get a little sweaty at this time and multiple showers (the bathroom type) are not an uncommon occurrence. It’s also a time where a cold beer before mid-day is socially acceptable!

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January to March is then when the majority of the rain falls, roughly around 350mm per month in Darwin. Next we head into April and rain become less frequent then by the 1st of May ‘the dry’ officially starts. Over the duration of the wet-season around 95% of our yearly rain falls, an average of about 1.7 meters!

Your experience of the wet-season really depends on when you visit. There are plenty of touring options throughout this time and for those willing to put up with a bit of heat and humidity the wet-season offers a lot. Spectacular thunder and lightning storms are one of the big draw cards. It’s quite something to see Mother Nature in all its fury (and from the comfort of somewhere dry, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand!).

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During the wet-season Venture North only operates tailor-made private charter tours, each designed specifically for the individual or group. At this time of year we love to tour Kakadu National Park as well as Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park). All of these destinations offer very different and often more spectacular sites than in the dry-season. 

The other great thing is you usually don’t have to share these places with loads of other tourists.

You have to remember too that when it rains it’s not like down south where it gets cold. It’s always warm during the wet but the rain (often just a passing shower) cools the land and entices you to continue to explore. With the rain the billabongs, rivers, creeks and floodplains swell and the waterfalls begin pumping. There is no better time for a scenic flight tour over Kakadu or Litchfield than at this time of year.

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With the change of season many wet-season sites come alive. Waterfalls that do not exist during the dry pop up and stagnant waterholes become perfect for swimming once again. The Yurmikmik Walks in Kakadu should be on every tour itinerary as both Boulder Creek and Motorcar Falls offer great hiking and swimming opportunities. Moline Rockhole is another good swimming option in Kakadu and if you’re interested in rock art then you can still access Nourlangie and Ubirr. As the rivers rise the road to Ubirr eventually becomes impassable which then allows you to catch a boat to the site through the flooded Magela Creek, very cool!

During the wet you can still do tours through Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) but most other activities around here cease. Litchfield though still offers a range of options including various swimming sites, the termite mounds and waterfalls. The nearby Territory Wildlife Park also operates year round.

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The wet-season may induce some negative connotations for some but for the intrepid traveller that does visit they are never disappointed. So why not save a few dollars (it’s much cheaper to travel here at this time of year) and give the wet-season a crack!   For more information on our  year round private charters please  get in touch . 

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Kakadu is one of the largest national parks in Australia, covering a staggering 20,000 sq km. With that much land to cover, and so many out-of-this world sights to take in, planning your trip can be confusing.

Our itineraries have been designed by people who live and work in Kakadu, and have helped thousands of visitors get the most out of their holiday.

We’ll make sure you tick off all the iconic sites and experiences. You’ll see the world-class rock art, walk through pristine bushland and absorb the true spirit of the land.

Kakadu is not something that should be crammed into a day! It’s a remote wilderness that should be savoured – Kakadu will change you.

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Start your adventure by departing from Darwin and heading out to the Wetlands Region where the magnificent scenery of the top end puts on a show. Along the way, we have ample opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End birdlife, not to mention some fresh and salty apex predators… crocodiles! We journey on to Kakadu National Park where our home for the next two nights in Jabiru awaits. The Bowali Visitor Centre offers a beautiful introduction to the Park’s landscape and wildlife and we take time to soak it in, before checking into our local accommodation. After some relaxation, we journey northeast to *Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr rock upon sunset. This incredibly significant site showcases many styles of rock art and allows us to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, we head back to our cozy private camp and prepare dinner together, enjoying an evening with our fellow travellers.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner. Camping: Private Jabiru Campsite – Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities). Driving Distance: 420km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3.

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We rise and shine early on day 2 and make our way south into Kakadu National Park. Today we’ll spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty of the area, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, and swimming in pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs. We aim to visit one or more of the available waterfalls depending on the group’s physical ability to complete the hike(s). This can include any of Motor Car Falls, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls or Moline Rockhole. There are many factors affecting accessibility although your guide will ensure you get the best experience possible. Time permitting, we stop at Warradjan Cultural Centre and gallery where we explore the stories of the artifacts that the traditional owners wish to share with visitors. Feel free to discuss the evolving social, cultural and environmental changes to the area over time as we then make our way back to camp for a hearty dinner and a well-earned rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Camping: Private Jabiru Campsite – Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities). Driving Distance: Minimum 150km depending on waterfall access. Please note this includes a minimum of 40kms offroad on each journey. Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km – 4km & up to Grade 5/6.

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This morning we discovered Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art, Kunwarddewardde Lookout and have the potential to explore the surrounding areas of Nawurlandja Lookout and Anbangbang Billabong. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock features incredible Aboriginal rock art and Dreamtime stories of the Bininj people. Another 4WD track awaits us as we travel south and enjoy a picnic lunch at the plunge pool of Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) Waterfall, one of the most picturesque and pristine waterfalls in Kakadu. Please note at least a moderate to high level of fitness and agility is required here with flat pathways combined with rocky crossings leading you to the plunge pool through the monsoon forest. After our 2km walk, swim and lunch, we head south through Kakadu National Park towards our private safari campsite in Katherine where we will be able to relax under the stars and enjoy the evening’s hospitality around the campfire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Camping: Private Katherine Campsite – Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities). Driving Distance: 420km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km Grade 3.

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Today we spend the whole day exploring the magnificent Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge), the jewel in the crown, this is a special permit access area that is recognised for its cultural and environmental sensitivity. It’s an early start today to reach Nitmiluk National Park and board your 2 hour NitNit Katherine Gorge boat cruise – an absolute must-do in the Top End. This cruise guides you down the middle of 70m sheer rock walls with wildlife hiding around every corner. An area rich in creation stories you will marvel at your surroundings and the relaxed atmosphere of the cruise. If you are also interested in doing a scenic helicopter flight after the cruise there are a range of options available to take in the spectacular views of Nitmiluk and Katherine Gorge. It’s now time to continue our journey, making our way to the beautiful Edith Falls for further relaxation in picture-perfect Top End surroundings with a picnic lunch, a huge plunge pool beneath a cascading waterfall, and a welcome chance to cool off! After your day of culture, walks and swims we head back to our private campsite for a stunning sunset and evening stargazing.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Camping: Private Katherine Campsite – Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities). Options: Scenic helicopter flights. Driving Distance: 470km. Hike Distance and Grading: 2km Grade 2-4 depending on the walk embarked on. The main pool (when open) is a short walk with low grades. Upper pools require a reasonably steep climb and descent, and at least a moderate level of fitness and agility.

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Our adventure is not yet complete as we now head into Litchfield National Park on our way back to Darwin for the end of our fifth day. Leaving Katherine we travel north towards the world-class Litchfield National Park, surrounded by thick pockets of tropical rainforest, offering a cool escape from the heat of the Top End.​View the monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds and then have an opportunity to cool in Litchfield’s beautiful natural plunge pools like Buley Rockholes or Wangi Falls. Visit a thundering waterfall like Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls and marvel at the sheer beauty carved out among the rocky escarpment. Fully relaxed and rejuvenated after your fifth day of exploration and adventure, relax back in comfort as your guide delivers you back to Darwin for a well-earned rest.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch. Driving Distance: 470 km. Walking Distance: 1km – 2km.

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  • The tour operator must be notified of any known medical conditions at the time of booking. This is a very physical tour and requires a moderate level of fitness and mobility.
  • A minimum moderate to advanced level of fitness is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be between 2km to 4km each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. An approximate 9-11km walk is included in this tour. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests. Therefore a medium/high level of fitness is required and a doctor’s certificate is required for people over 70 years (30 days prior to travel).
  • Children aged between 8 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times. Not suitable for infants or children 7 years and under, due to safety requirements and the level of fitness required to complete the walk.
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After years of frustration about the  lengthy closures  of key attractions across Northern Territory's Kakadu National Park, visitors may soon get the opportunity to see an area that has never been opened to the public.

A decade after persuading the federal government to add his uranium-rich land into Kakadu, Djok traditional owner Jeffrey Lee wants to start inviting tourists to Koongarra.

He refused to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in uranium mining royalties because he wanted to protect the rock art, springs, plants and animals he would like to show travellers.

Jeffrey Lee stands at a gate on a dirt road in Kakadu.

"There's a lot of other ways we can make money, than destroying country, by getting visitors from overseas and Australia," he said.

"I'd like visitors to come and learn about our rock art and culture and have a swim."

Jeffrey Lee points to rock art on a rock wall in Kakadu.

The 55-year-old retired park ranger said initially he wanted to permit small numbers to visit Koongarra, on guided tours he would lead.

But first he needed advice about how to establish a small tourism business.

"This is my first time, and this is where I'm looking where I can get advice from other family who already got tourism on country," Mr Lee said.

"I don't know much about that tourism side."

Jeffrey Lee holds a stone inside a rock structure in Kakadu.

The potential of opening another area of Kakadu to tourism is exciting to tour operator Greig Taylor.

Visiting Mr Lee's Burrungkuy Nourlangie Rock area, which is already open to the public, is one of his tour highlights.

"Any access that we can get to any part of Kakadu is a bonus, and the tourism industry is looking for partnerships," he said.

"If Jeffrey is keen to engage and work with the industry in developing a product, we're right there."

Greig Taylor guides a tour with two people at Nourlangie rock in Kakadu.

Mr Lee said he might consider a partnership, but would prefer his and most other Kakadu operations to be run by its Bininj and Mungguy people.

"In future I'd like to see more Bininj running their own tour," he said.

"We want more Bininj rangers to be stepping up the ladder; I want to see Binning running the park."

Mr Taylor is particularly keen to see more areas of Kakadu opened to tourism because two of its most popular attractions, Gunlom Falls and Twin Falls, have been closed for five years.

The federal government's Parks Australia, which jointly manages Kakadu with traditional owners, has also struggled in recent years to repair wet season road damage and remove crocodiles from other popular sites including the Jim Jim Falls in time to get them open for the peak tourist season starting in June.

"Last year we didn't even get those areas until the second week of the school holidays, that's just not acceptable or sustainable from a tourism perspective," Mr Taylor said.

"So there needs to be more human resources, and maybe they need to replan their work scope so we can get these sites open to visitors."

In a statement, Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said: "Part of the reason the park is opening later is due to the wet season running later."

The wet season did run later in Kakadu in 2023 and 2022, but not in 2021 or 2020.

Queensland tourist Kristy Hendrie said finding some areas closed had been disappointing.

"It's been beautiful, but a lot of the waterfalls and the waterholes that we wanted to go to were closed," she said.

Kristy Hendrie

On Wednesday, Parks Australia announced it would plead guilty in Darwin Local Court to prosecution by the NT's sacred sites watchdog.

Director of national parks Ricky Archer released a statement offering "deep and sincere apologies to traditional owners for the wrongs of the past" and an assurance "lessons learned from this situation will improve how Parks Australia executes projects".

Wurrkbarbar senior Gunlom custodian Joshua Hunter said traditional owners were now considering reopening Gunlom, possibly next year, but first wanted assurances they would get compensation and other financial assistance.

Joshua Hunter

"We've sacrificed our area to provide a visitor friendly place for everyone to visit so we're really looking forward to what the government will put on the table before we re-open Gunlom," he said.

"We've lived our two decades in poverty, there were times when my own mother lived in a caravan just outside of the Gunlom road, and they preferred to spend money on fixing the road for our visitors, while traditional owners lived many years in poverty.

"We're in this deal together, and they should come to the table with better living standards, better funding and better opportunities for us to thrive as indigenous people."

Ms Plibersek said she "will take all steps necessary to repair the relationship with the traditional owners of Kakadu".

She added her government is "fixing 212 homes in Kakadu" and its May budget included "$11 million for remediation of Jabiru".

Asked whether it is assisting traditional owners start more tourism businesses, Parks Australia provided a statement that it has facilitated "workshops between the tourism industry and Bininj and Mungguy and business development workshops".

The Gunlom dispute has heightened tension over the park's joint management among traditional owners who have felt they have not been given enough say about how Federal Government funding is spent in Kakadu.

Traditional owners closed the popular Ubirr lookout for the 2021 season.

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Parks Australia said "Bininj and Mungguy are consulted on park management in accordance with consultation guidelines developed by the Kakadu Board".

Jeffrey Lee said he was watching how the government was prepared to deal with traditional owners now.

"We can close things; we can close half the park," he said.

"If I say I want to close my area, it can be very difficult."

A road sign with Kakadu destinations showing closed roads.

But the Djok traditional owner said he would prefer to work with the federal government to achieve his tourism plan.

"If people from Canberra can walk with us, and help us mob start our business, and look after country the way we want to look after country, that will change a lot of things.

"I know it takes time, but in the future, it's going to happen."

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

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