Nawurlandja Lookout, Kakadu National Park, NT © Tourism NT, Rachel Stewart

Ultimate 6-day Kakadu family road trip

When to visit

The best time to visit Kakadu is during the dry season from May to October when the weather is temperate and less humid; during the wet season from November to April many attractions are closed due to flooding.

Ultimate 6-day Kakadu family road trip 

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu, NT © Tourism NT/Salty Wings

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Salty Wings 

Fun fact

One-tenth of the Northern Territory’s saltwater crocodiles, the world’s largest reptiles, live in Kakadu.

Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, NT © Tourism NT/Daniel Tran

Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Daniel Tran

Travel tip

Join a day trip to see the less-visited rock art on Injalak Hill with an Aboriginal guide. If the required entry permit into Arnhem Land is not included in your booking, you'll need to organise this ahead of time.

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), Kakadu, NT © Tourism NT/Salty Wings

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), Kakadu, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Salty Wings 

Travel tip

Consider a multi-day tour with a specialist operator like Lords Safaris for a deep immersion into Kakadu, and a break from driving!

Gunlom, Kakadu National Park, NT © Tourism NT/James Fisher

Gunlom, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/James Fisher

Explore more

Extra-intrepid families can add an extra day to their trip to visit iconic but harder-to-reach Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls.

Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu National Park, NT © Tourism NT

Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT

Did you know?

Kakadu's traditional owners recognise six distinct seasons defined by the skies, the plants in flower and the bush foods that are most abundant.

Mamukala Wetlands, Kakadu, NT © Tourism NT/Navin Chandra

Mamukala Wetlands, Kakadu, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Navin Chandra 

Stay longer

Bookend your Kakadu trip with a stay at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront. The Kids will love the Wave Pool right opposite the hotel.

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