The Kakadu is a must-see Top End attraction on any visit to the Northern Territory and at just 260km from Darwin along a sealed highway, there's no excuse for missing out on this spectacular attraction and culturally and historically significant Aboriginal treasure. The World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park covers 19,000 sq km and is home to a dazzling and unique ecology. The Kakadu National Park is amazing at any time of year however during the wet season, from October to April, the place really comes alive as exhilarating storms drench the landscape creating huge lakes which team with local birdlife. Some roads are closed during the wet season which leaves some parts of the park inaccessible but witnessing this amazing act of mother nature at her best is well worth the sacrifice. Most of the park can be accessed with a regular vehicle however there are some parts which require a 4WD.
Kakadu accommodation offers a surprisingly full range of options despite its remote atmosphere. There are a number of options available to suite your tastes and budget however most accommodation enjoys a great range of onsite facilities and is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the National Park. Whether you choose to stay in a hotel or prefer a more authentic experience with a camping adventure, there is something for everyone in Kakadu. Accommodation is spread across Jabiru, Cooinda and South Alligator and features a number of hotels, lodges, inns and campsites.
The Bowali Visitor Centre should be the first stop on any trip to the Kakadu National Park and, located off the Kakadu Highway, this collection of activities and interactive displays is the ideal introduction to the area. Jabiru is the main town and is a picturesque little town renowned for its 'Crocodile' Hotel and as the multi-award winners of the Tidy Town Awards. Jim Jim Falls is just 60km off the Kakadu Highway and requires 4WD access however the thundering cascades of the waterfalls, rock pools and beach are well worth the trip.
Maguk offers a stunning monsoon rainforest walk to a secluded plunge pool and waterfall while Mamukala offers dramatic wetlands which become a feeding place for thousands of Magpie Geese in the dry season. Nourlangie Rock is an ancient Aboriginal icon home to a shelter, indigenous rock art and the Gunwarddehwardde Lookout while Twin Falls are tropical oasis of plunging waterfalls, clear pools, crystalline beaches and dense forest only accessible by water. Ubirr is home to priceless Aboriginal rock paintings which have survived for thousands of years and offers panoramic views of the wetlands while the Warradjan Aboriginal Centre offers a cultural display of the Bininj people featuring dreamtime stores such as the creation story of the Rainbow Serpent.