Kakadu National Park Travel Guide
Kakadu is one of the best places in Australia for bird and wild life watching, with the opportunity to spot huge crocodiles and hundreds of bird species. When you take the time to explore by boat and on foot, you quickly realise that this is one of the most wild and special places in Australia with a diverse range of plants, animals and ecosystems.
It is also a fantastic place to learn about the culture of First Nations people who’s home you are welcomed into when exploring the park, including the Bininj people of in the north of the park and Mungguy in the south.
Accommodation & Places to Stay in Kakadu
Kakadu is Australias largest National Park (just under a third of the size of Tasmania)! It is important to think about what activities you want to do in the park when choosing your accommodation.
For example, if you would like to do a Sunrise or Sunset cruise at Yellow Waters its a very good idea to stay at Cooinda Lodge or camp in the Cooinda Caravan Park (part of the lodge) so you don’t have to drive in the dark (especially as many rental cars don’t insure you driving in rural areas at night in the NT).
Things to do in Kakadu
Bushwalks in Kakadu
Kakadu has bushwalking for days, with everything from short wheelchair accessible options through to multi day hikes and many in between.
Be sure to plan your visit for the right time of year to make sure the walks you want to do are open. If your planning on visiting in the wet season I have guide to give you an idea of what walks are open in the Kakadu wet season.
Tours are a great way to see an area. Day tours enrich your experience as you have a knowledgeable local guide to teach you about the places you are visiting.
Many guides in Kakadu, particularly through Kakadu Tourism or Kakadu Cultural Tours are Indigenous Australians from Kakadu or nearby regions and those businesses are Indigenous-owned, so you know you are supporting local jobs, tourism and communities. However, when booking any tour you need to visit with an understanding that an Indigenous guide is not guaranteed as cultural commitments rightly take precedent.
However, all guides who work in Kakadu or take tours to Kakadu must have done accredited training which helps ensure a high standard of guides running tours to visit the park when you book a tour to Kakadu.
Tours open on Viator (a trip advisor company)