No trip to Darwin is complete without a journey to the nearby Kakadu National Park.
A bushland region home to ancient rock formations, cascading waterfalls, and unique wildlife. It is Australia’s largest national park, stretching out to over nineteen thousand kilometres square. That makes it over half the size of the entire country of Switzerland. Kakadu lies approximately 253 kilometres from the bustling city of Darwin, only taking 2 and a half hours to drive without any stops. Find out the best way to travel there for a day or weekend in the bushland!
Hire a car
For independent travellers looking to explore the national park alone, hiring a 4WD for the day or weekend is a perfect choice. This way you can cruise around the dirt roads and steep rock formations all by yourself, choosing when to stop and for how long. Camping is also available here so you can settle down for the night in your tent and enjoy an escape from reality within the deep bushland of Kakadu.
However, hiring a car and camping supplies can add up, and working out the best routes and attractions to visit can be tricky for some a bit unsure about where they want to go! Many of the roads within Kakadu are unsealed, so if you are nervous about driving on bush tracks with a 4WD, this may not be the best option.
Join a tour
Driving on unfamiliar roads and making your own schedule for the day can be quite overwhelming, so many travellers opt to take a tour of Kakadu instead. Simply book a ticket prior to the day you leave and be picked up straight from your Darwin hotel. Cruising down the scenic route to visit a number of Kakadu’s best tourist attractions. There are a range of tours on offer, some camping trips, other day trips perfect for families, and others offer a full week of adventure!
The extra bonus to a tour is also the information you get, with the local guides knowing a vast amount of detail about the history, land, and wildlife of Kakadu, which can make you appreciate the region even more when visiting!
Related article: Can I Feed Crocodiles in Darwin?