Kakadu video diary: day-to-day itinerary

Taking in the ancient landscapes of Kakadu National Park | Tom West
Taking in the ancient landscapes of Kakadu National Park | Tom West

Discover Australia's largest terrestrial national park: Kakadu National Park. At almost half the size of Switzerland, the World Heritage Area is huge, covering some 20,000 square kilometres.

Our full-day video itineraries below showcase the park's must-visits while taking you beyond the main tourist sites to reveal's magic – perfect for wildlife lovers and active travellers alike.

The highlights

Head away from the crowds on our walking based itinerary, which include a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles), chasing waterfalls at the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment, visiting tranquil wetlands teem with animal and birdlife; while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries.

And, after venturing into remote gorges, enjoy overnight stays in scenically located, semi-permanent campsites where you can relax in idyllic tropical surrounds – exclusive to only you and your group.

If you're planning a visit to Kakadu, here's how to get the most out of it over four days.

Day 1: Traditional welcome to country & Yellow Water Billabong cruise


Meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country; followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to discuss culture, tradition or walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and travel east by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong.

In the afternoon, after settling in at our permanent safari camp at Djarradjin Billabong in the heart of Kakadu. During the evening, experience a cruise on the nearby Yellow Water billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. Here you may encounter brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Cormorants, Pelicans and Jabiru, Australia’s largest flying bird. The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide.

Day 2: Massif & sandstone walk


This morning we will experience the extraordinary sunrise over the wetlands with the option to join the famous Yellow Water cruise or just relax around camp. After a relaxed breakfast we drive to Nourlangie massif and begin our stunning walk traversing the crest of this quartzite plateau.

The walk reveals the extraordinary diversity of habitats of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top. This is an active day so be prepared for a 13 km+ walking adventure. We then return to our group campsite at Djarradjin Billabong.

Day 3: Barramundi (Maguk) Falls & Gunlom Plunge Pool


Heading south we will explore some of the most stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Barramundi Falls is reached via a walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs.

In the afternoon we travel on to the far south of Kakadu and our semi-permanent campsite near Gunlom. This iconic waterfall and plunge pool is ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax. The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most remarkable views of the NT.

Our accommodation is another semi-permanent safari camp adjacent to the main campground. We are just a short stroll from the beach and plunge pool.

Day 4: Southern Kakadu wilderness walk


We head deep in to Southern Kakadu, Buladjang Country to take a 14km walk and pay a visit to visit Motorcar Creek Falls areas. The highlight is rock scrambling through spectacular gorges to reach crystal clear, unspoilt rock pools of remarkable beauty and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. The pace of the walk and the distance covered is up to the mood of the group on the day.

On the way, there are often limpid rock pools lined with ferns and Livistonia palms and within the walls of the gorge, birds and animals find water and shelter from the heat of the plains. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore this magical environment and once again the day can be as strenuous as the group prefers.

This is an area that only very few people are privileged to experience, and for many, this day is one of the highlights of the trip.

Feeling inspired? Experience this and more on our guided Kakadu walking adventures, which take in national park’s best secret spots, while staying at our exclusive and comfortable campsites. The itinerary may vary to make the most of the season by choosing the best walks and times to visit waterfalls as the wet season floodwaters recede and access opens up.

 

Northern Territory, Australia, bushwalks, walking adventure, walks, national parks, kakadu, Kakadu National Park, waterfalls, Barramundi Falls, Gunlom Plunge Pool, Djarradjin Billabong, birdlife, wildlife, nature spotting, Yellow Water Billabong, Aboriginal art

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