Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
Guide to Kakadu National Park
- Getting to Kakadu National Park
- When to visit
Experience the magic of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park on an outback adventure that defies expectation.
In Australia's biggest national park you'll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. Learn about Aboriginal culture from Traditional Owners, the Bininj/Mungguy people, take in thundering waterfalls and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. Experience Kakadu's magic in six dramatically different seasons.
International flights arrive directly into Darwin International Airport (DRW) from many global hubs. Follow the Nature's Way route from Darwin for a scenic adventure through the Top End.
- Darwin International Airport (DRW) is located a three-hour drive outside of Kakadu National Park
- Car hire options are readily available from Darwin Airport or in Darwin city, though it’s best to book ahead
- Or leave the driving up to someone else and join a coach or small group tours from Darwin to Kakadu National Park
While it is not required, it is recommended to hire a 4WD if you are self-driving in the national park. Be sure to refuel your vehicle as frequently as possible on your way. Unleaded and leaded petrol and diesel fuel are available at Jabiru and Cooinda.
Because of the remote location of Kakadu National Park, there is no public transport available to get to, or around the park.
The dry season (May - September) or the transitional periods between the dry and wet season (April/May and September/October) are considered the best time to travel to Kakadu National Park.
- High season: Dry season (May-September)
- Low season: Wet season (October - April)
- Don’t miss: the annual ‘Taste of Kakadu’ festival (May)