Things to Do in Kakadu
Kakadu National Park is Australia’s biggest national park, around to be half the size of Switzerland!
Set just a couple of hours’ drive outside Darwin, Kakadu National Park exposes visitors to the incredible natural beauty that characterises this part of Australia. As well as providing a backdrop for all sorts of native creatures, plants, and birds, the park also presents the deep connective narrative between the landscape and its Aboriginal custodians. The scenery here is a patchwork quilt of lush billabongs, scorched horizons, refreshing pools that sit below cascading waterfalls, and sandstone escarpment that seems to sprawl on forever.
View the incredible wildlife of the area, with both natural wonders and unique animals dwelling here. Cruise down Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong to see the fascinating sights within Australia’s wilderness. It is Kakadu’s biggest wetlands, so you are sure to catch sight of some remarkable wildlife along the way. One of the most famous creatures to look out for is the massive saltwater crocodile. Even if you aren’t a fan of these scary salties, you will be in awe when facing these massive beasts up close and personal.
See the unique creations formed by just a small insect at the Cathedral Termite Mounds. The termite colonies living in this area are the world’s best natural architectures. Forming skyscrapers around seven metres high, which are some of the tallest structures created by non-human animals in the entire world. You will be in awe when standing next to these incredible masterpieces.
Learn about the land’s history when you journey to the Nourlangie Rock. The rocks are smeared with a collection of ancient art, thousands of years old. There is a range of sections from different centuries, each telling a story of the past people’s way of life. Glimpse what life was like centuries ago as you wander around this outdoor gallery. Discover more about Kakadu’s history at Warradjan Cultural Centre, by seeing ancient artefacts and learning old stories and traditions.
Refresh from the scorching sun and plunge into one of Kakadu’s pristine swimming spots. Dive into the clear waters of Gunlom Falls, one of the most renowned natural swimming pools in Kakadu. Sit along the edge of the pool and view the incredible backdrop, voted one of the best views in Australia.
Kakadu gets busy in the dry season where visitors flock to experience its mesmerising landscape and to see its resident critters, but there is always a hiking route or a rainforest trail that will take you to lands unknown and let you discover the real, untouched beauty of the Northern Territory.