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Rugged stony plateaux, red escarpments riven by waterfalls, long twisting rivers and wetlands festooned with flowers and birds: add in a wealth of Aboriginal rock art sites and fauna that is more curious the closer you look and it is easy to see why this is one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage areas.

Jointly owned by three traditional Aboriginal groups, the Gagadju, Gundjehmi and the Jawoyn, a visit to this park offers a vivid insight into an ancient land.

Exploring Kakadu National Park

Egrets, Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu National ParkCruise the Yellow Water, East Alligator or Mary River wetlands to see Kakadu in all its glory: crowded with lotus lilies, crocodiles resting idly on the banks, the chatter of the kookaburras puncturing the peace and swarms of parrots scattering the sky.

The finest rock art sites can be found at Nourlangie, while at Ubirr Rock the rock paintings combine with heart-stopping panoramic views.

A sandstone ridge worn by the two strands of Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls: both are exquisitely tranquil during the dry season, seething maelstroms in the wet.

Day visits to the park are possible but an overnight stay accompanied by a guide certainly makes for a more rewarding experience.

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Suggested Kakadu National Park itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Kakadu National Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Kakadu National Park

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Kakadu National Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Waterlillies, Yellow Waters

      Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

      Simple

      Truly one of a kind, this crocodile-shaped hotel has a great location for discovering Kakadu National Park and Yellow River.

    • Kakadu Lodge Cooinda,Kakadu National Park

      Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

      Simple

      Cooinda Lodge Kakadu spreads beneath a canopy of trees adjacent to the Yellow Water Billabong and is a great base from which to explore the Kakadu National Park.

    Ideas for experiencing Kakadu National Park

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Kakadu National Park, and which use the best local guides.

    • Your transport awaits, The Kimberley

      Kakadu Helicopter Safaris

      Kakadu National Park

      A Kakadu Helicopter Safari is one of the world’s most amazing experiences. Imagine skimming over vast wetlands, landing on isolated beaches miles from anywhere, or swimming in clear fresh water pools fed by waterfalls since time immemorial.

    • Ubir rock at sunset

      Kakadu & Arnhem Land Safari - 4 Days

      Kakadu National Park

      Visit Kakadu's ancient rock art galleries and enjoy bushwalking in unspoiled country, swim in clear waters at the base of towering red ochre escarpment cliffs, cruise on a tranquil billabong full of saltwater crocodiles, and perhaps visit Arnhem Land to view Aboriginal rock art galleries, with an Aboriginal Guide on hand to provide explanation and interpretation.

    • Waterlillies, Yellow Waters

      Yellow Water Nature Cruise

      Kakadu National Park

      The large landlocked billabong Yellow Water gained its name from the algal bloom found floating on its surface and has become renowned for the abundant wildlife and birdlife that flock to these floodplains.