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Day Trips From Darwin

Discover the cultural marvels of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory with our Darwin to Kakadu Day Trip. This park is a World Heritage Listed site known for its ancient and well-preserved indigenous rock art galleries.

 

Highlights

  • Kakadu National Park is one of four Australian sites listed as a World Heritage site, and it is highly regarded for its exceptional natural environment, wildlife, and cultural significance.
  • Visitors can explore the Ubirr floodplains and observe ancient Aboriginal rock paintings that date back over 20,000 years.
  • Visitors can safely observe saltwater crocodiles in the wild from the viewing platform at Cahills Crossing, depending on seasonal conditions.
  • Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre to gain a deeper understanding of the Kakadu region and have the opportunity to appreciate and buy local indigenous arts and artifacts.
  • Experience the Adelaide River on the Crocodile Cruise and witness the unique sight of these massive creatures jumping into the air as our guides feed them (optional extra).
  • Visitors are encouraged to explore the boardwalk and observation decks at the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre and appreciate this wildlife sanctuary’s diverse wetlands and popular bird-watching destination.

The itinerary can be modified based on seasonal weather changes and park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies.

 Day trip from Darwin to Kakadu National Park.

Embark on an adventurous day trip from Darwin to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Australia’s most extensive terrestrial national park.
Setting off from Darwin, our route to Kakadu National Park meanders through lush floodplains and diverse terrains. The park, sprawling across 20,000 square meters, is a treasure trove of indigenous flora and fauna and houses crucial Aboriginal rock art sites.
The Adelaide River marks our initial halt, offering an opportunity to partake in the thrilling Jumping Croc Cruises (optional) or to visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre, situated on the ancestral lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people, who are the active caretakers of this reserve. This centre stands out as a prime location to encounter the distinctive wildlife of the Top End, serving as a sanctuary for various native birds, turtles, water pythons, and saltwater crocodiles.
Next, we visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a gateway to the area’s dynamic Aboriginal art, culture, and history. Here, guests can pause for a lunch break (costs borne by the passengers). Our journey also includes a stop at the infamous Cahills Crossing, renowned as one of the nation’s most hazardous water bodies and the sole vehicular passage connecting Kakadu National Park with Arnhem Land, where we search for crocodiles.
Our final destination is the World Heritage Listed site, Ubirr. Here, we take a guided tour of this hallowed location, known for harbouring some of the world’s oldest and most well-preserved rock art.

Driving distance:   620 km
Walking distance: 2km

Details​​​

Kakadu day trip from Darwin:
AUD 240 Adult (13+ yo), AUD 175 *Child (6-12)

Day trips Darwin to Kakadu + Crocodile Cruise:
AUD 285 Adult (13+ yo), AUD 220 *Child (6-12)

Weather

The weather conditions in the Top End can fluctuate rapidly and be quite intense at times. Temperatures can soar to over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season and drop dramatically in the evening. Before your journey, check the average temperatures for the time of year you’re travelling and pack suitable clothes packing. In the case of rain or harsh weather, expect your tour to go ahead unless otherwise advised by the provider.

  • This itinerary is interchangeable and may vary to accommodate seasonal weather conditions, fluctuations, or park closures due to ceremonies or events held by traditional custodians.
  • Hiking included in this tour requires a moderate level of fitness.
  • Child fares apply to children between 6 to 12 years old. Due to the activities involved, this tour is unsuitable for children five years old and under.
  • This terrain is unsuitable for mobility-impaired travellers with wheelchairs, walkers, prams or strollers.
  • Due to limited storage space in our vehicles, baggage must be kept to a 1 x 5-7kg bag per person.
  • All tours MUST be re-confirmed with the tour operator within seven days of departure on 03 9393 1300.
  • Please notify the tour operator of any preexisting medical conditions before departure.
  • Private charter tours are available upon request.
  • Any meals not previously indicated in the itinerary
  • We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance
  • Pre/post-tour hotel transfers
  • Additional personal expenses
  • Kakadu National Park Entry Pass
  • Guided walking tour through Aboriginal rock art gallery
  • Accredited Outback driver and tour guide
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Entry to World Heritage Listed Site
  • Native Australian wildlife
  • Comprehensive commentary along your tour
  • Inner-city pick-up/drop-off from selected Darwin locations
  • Refillable water bottle (at least 2L)
  • Comfortable shoes for hiking (closed-toe shoes with tread)
  • Insect repellent (tropical strength)
  • Cash for extra snacks and meals
  • Sun protection – sunscreen, hat & sunglasses
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for all weather conditions
  • Small day pack 5-7kg
  • Camera to capture your memories!
  • Binoculars for spotting wildlife

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FAQs

It’s about a 2-hour drive from Darwin to the entrance of Kakadu National Park.

Yes, the park has several designated swimming spots, but always follow posted safety guidelines.
The Tiwi Islands are unique for their rich Aboriginal culture, local art, and traditional ceremonies.
While a day trip can give you a glimpse of the gorge, multiple days are recommended to explore the park fully.
The dry season (May to October) is the best time to visit, as many activities are weather-dependent.
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