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Top Things To Do In Kakadu National Park, NT

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Top Things To Do In The Dry Season Kakadu National Park, NT

Spot wildlife, swim in waterfalls and see ancient Aboriginal rock art. There are so many incredible things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Three hours’ drive from Darwin, Kakadu is Australia’s biggest national park. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is World Heritage listed for both its cultural and natural values.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

During the dry season (May to October) the weather is temperate and less humid. During the wet season (November to April) many attractions are closed due to flooding, however the waterfalls are in their full glory!

See ancient Aboriginal rock art 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

There are more than 5,000 Aboriginal rock art sites in the park. The Bininj/Mungguy people have called Kakadu home for some 65,000 years. Aboriginal rock paintings, dating to prehistoric times, can be viewed at sites such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur and Ubirr.

Read more about viewing Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie.

Cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Cruises operates year-round, up to six cruises a day of 90 or 120 minute duration. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times of day and advance bookings are recommended.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The wildlife seen on the cruise varies depending on the time of the day. Saltwater crocs are plentiful, as are thousands of spectacular birds. A cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong is right at the top of our list of things to do in Kakadu.

Read more about Yellow Water Billabong Cruises.

Watch birds at the Mamulaka Wetlands

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Mamukala is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The short walking loop to the viewing platform is an easy way to enjoy Kakadu’s wetlands and watch its remarkable birdlife going about its daily business.

Read more about visiting Mamukala Wetlands.

Spot saltwater crocs at Cahills Crossing

Head up to Cahills Crossing viewing area on the western bank of the East Alligator River to safely watch saltwater crocodiles in the wild. 

Hike to Jim Jim Falls

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The 200m high Jim Jim Falls are spectacular even in the dry season. It’s quite the difficult hike to get there, but the reward at the end is well worth the effort involved. Seeing Jim Jim falls either by land or air is one of the top things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Read about visiting Jim Jim Falls.

Swim in a waterhole

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Take a dip in one of Kakadu’s famous swimming spots – Gunlom Falls and Maguk Falls.

Gunlom Falls is a renowned stop to swim in Kakadu, with a stunning natural infinity pool overlooking the park.

Read about visiting Gunlom Falls.

Maguk Falls is another family-friendly waterhole with a short hike that leads to a huge waterhole underneath a cascading waterfall.

Read about visiting Maguk Falls.

Learn about life in Kakadu
Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre near Cooinda Lodge. Interactive and educational exhibits in the centre were developed by the Bininj/Mungguy traditional owners and bring to life tens of thousands of years of human history in Kakadu. The gift shop is excellent and there is also a cafe here.

Read more about visiting the Warrandjan Culture Centre.

Where to stay

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There’s a range of accommodation available at Kakadu, from hotels to campgrounds. We suggest one night around Jabiru (we stayed at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel) to see attractions in this region such as Cahill’s Crossing, Mamaluka Wetlands and Ubirr, and then one or two nights at Cooinda Lodge, which is at the edge of the Yellow Water Billabong and close to attractions including Nourlangie, Jim Jim Falls and Maguk.

Cooinda Lodge offers camping facilities as well as hotel-style rooms, and is also an excellent place to stop for a meal, with their restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had lunch here most days.

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Tips for visiting Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

A 4WD is needed to access several of the sites, including the waterfalls. 

The only grocery store is extremely limited in stock and is located in Jabiru.

Check the access report daily before setting out to visit any attractions.

Pack sturdy hiking shoes and bring refillable water bottles, sunscreen and hats, even in winter.

The attractions are far apart and a lot of driving is needed to reach them. Plan a schedule for what you want to visit and see the attractions close together at the same time. 

A Kakadu National Park pass is required to visit. You can buy one online here. The pass is valid for 7 days.

For more information about visiting Kakadu National Park visit https://northernterritory.com/kakadu-and-surrounds/destinations/kakadu-national-park

Yellow Water Billabong Cruise Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Billabong Cruise Kakadu National Park

Enjoy wildlife and dramatic scenery on the Indigenous-owned Yellow Water Billabong Cruise in Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Cruises operates year-round, up to six cruises a day of 90 or 120 minute duration. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times of day and advance bookings are recommended. The wildlife seen on the cruise varies depending on the time of the day.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The cruises take guests deep into the wetlands to see Kakadu’s spectacular variety of wildlife. About one third of Australia’s bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Commonly seen birds include Whistling Ducks and Magpie Geese, with eagles, Jabirus and Brolgas also spotted.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

There are also plenty of crocodiles who float past somewhat eerily silently, and buffalo on the floodplains. For more information on wildlife and nature in Kakadu click here.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

We took a sunrise cruise in June. The early morning Yellow Water Billabong Cruise is freezing so pack jackets and also bring breakfast or snacks. 

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Get more information on Yellow Water Billabong Cruise kakadutourism.com.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Review: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is located in the township of Jabiru, inside Kakadu National Park. This hotel is the perfect base to explore Kakadu.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

We stayed at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel during our recent trip to the Northern Territory. The hotel is located towards the northern end of the park, making it the ideal base for attractions such as Ubirr, Cahills Crossing & Mamukala Wetlands. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel features spacious rooms that area ideal for families, a shaded tropical pool in the centre and the Escarpment restaurant and bar which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and uses locally sourced ingredients. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

We enjoyed a daily included breakfast and also dined in the restaurant several times in the evenings. Some nights are a la carte and others buffet if there is a tour group staying at the hotel.

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A few minutes walk away is the Jabiru town centre which includes a small supermarket – the only supermarket in Kakadu. 

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Flinders Street
Jabiru, NT
Phone: +61 8 89799000

Email: reservations@crocodilehotel.com.au
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Mamukala Wetlands Walk Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Mamukala Wetlands Walk Kakadu National Park

The Mamukala Wetlands Walk in Kakadu National Park is a short walk that showcases an astonishing variety of bird life.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Mamukala Wetlands Walk is a short, flat walk from the car park to an observation platform where large numbers of magpie geese, kites, comb-crested jacanas, cormorants, willie wagtails, purple swamp hens, finches and kingfishers can be seen in a billabong, making this one of the best birdwatching areas in Kakadu.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is home to one third of Australia’s bird species, and many of whom are endemic to this region. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The viewing platform is covered and has seats for sitting quietly and watching the birds and wildlife. It can be accessed by wheelchair.

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Get more information on the Mamukala Wetlands Walk.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Kakadu National Park map

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock Kakadu National Park

See some of the world’s oldest and most impressive rock art along the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) main gallery and shelter walk, and enjoy spectacular views of the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The stunning rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) documents life from 20,000 years ago to the first contact with European explorers. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) is one reason why Kakadu is World Heritage-listed for outstanding cultural values. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Take the 1.5 km gallery and shelter walk through what is essentially an outdoor cultural museum where the paintings, shelters and artefacts embedded in the rock present traditional ways of life for the local indigenous tribes. 

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The main rock art site on the walk is the Anbangbang gallery and shelter. There are a number of artistic styles spanning various time periods in the gallery that cover a range of topics including representations of creation beings, such as Namarrkon (lightning man), depictions of European sailing ships from first contact with white people and x-ray art of animals and fish.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

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Further along the walk is the Kunwarddewardde lookout over the Arnhem Land escarpment.

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The walk to the main gallery is open all year round and is wheelchair accessible.

Kakadu National Park map

Read more about Burrungkuy (Nourlangie)

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.
Visit Jim Jim Falls.
See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.
See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Visiting Maguk Falls Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Visiting Maguk Falls Kakadu National Park

Maguk Falls in Kakadu National Park is a pristine natural waterfall and plunge pool, accessible via a 4WD track and 1km bush walk.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The 14km unsealed road used to reach Maguk Falls is suitable for 4WD only. There is a moderate 1km walk/hike from the carpark to the plunge pool. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Maguk is much easier to access than Jim Jim Falls, making it a more popular option for park visitors. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The plunge pool is croc-free, and warmer than Jim Jim, making it a great option for swimming.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Swimming out to the waterfall and jumping off the rocks is popular, however it is quite a long swim and many visitors choose to bring a pool noodle if their swimming stamina is not fantastic. 

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Be sure to check that Maguk Falls is open before visiting. 

Get more information on Maguk Falls.
Visit Jim Jim Falls.
See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles

Visiting Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Visiting Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls are the tallest waterfalls in Kakadu National Park. Visit them by foot in the dry season or view them by air in the wet.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

At 200m high, the mighty Jim Jim Falls are also bigger than all of the waterfalls at Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks in the Northern Territory.

Jim Jim Falls and nearby Twin Falls are special places for their Aboriginal custodians. They believe that Nayuhyungki, the creation ancestors, travelled across this area. 

During the summer months the falls are only able to be seen by air, however, during the dry season, it’s possible to walk through monsoon forest and clamber over boulders to reach the base of the falls.

Before starting on the drive to Jim Jim Falls, check the daily access report to ensure they are open to visitors.

It’s not an easy journey to make. The 50km road into the start of the walk is 4WD access only, is unsealed and often corrugated. It is a narrow, winding road that involves driving across a creek with a firm concrete base that can be more than 0.4 metres deep. A snorkel is highly recommended – we managed the drive without one but it was a hairy drive.

At the car part, there are basic toilet facilities and picnic tables.

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From the car park, it’ is a 2km return walk to a deep pool. 2km might not sound like much but it’s a really tough walk, particularly towards the end with massive sharp boulders to navigate. Allow a least an hour in each direction. The rocks and boulders can be extremely slippery, so sturdy footwear is essential.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The plunge pool at the base of Jim Jim falls is extremely deep and cold. Drownings have occurred here, and swimming is not recommended. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Bring energy foods and snacks, plus several litres of water. Avoid walking in the hottest part of the day.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

While there are generally no crocs in the waterfall, be aware that there may be crocs in the area at all times so be cautious and follow directions on the signs. 

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Get more information on Jim Jim falls.

See the amazing jumping crocodiles on the Adelaide River.

Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruises: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Jumping crocodile cruises

Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruises: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise

See the Aussie saltwater croc up close on the Adelaide River jumping crocodile cruises. 

A trip to the Top End isn’t complete without spotting one of our most fearsome apex predators – the Australian Saltwater Crocodile. 

Jumping crocodile cruises

The crocodile was facing extinction 40 years ago, after 50 years of extensive hunting for their skin. In the early 1970s, the number of crocodiles in the wild had dwindled to as low as 3000.

Jumping crocodile cruises

Crocodile hunting was banned in the early 1970s, the result of pressure from conservation groups, and numbers since then have recovered to sustainable numbers. 

One of the best ways to see wild crocodiles is on one of the jumping crocodile cruises run by Spectacular Crocodile Cruises.  

Jumping crocodile cruises

The river cruise is an educational adventure, where guests learn about Croc biology, territorial habits and their value to the ecosystem.

Jumping crocodile cruises

You’ll see not only the largest saltwater crocodiles up close, but some of north Australia’s most interesting birdlife as well.

Jumping crocodile cruises

Tours are scheduled daily at 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, are scheduled to last an hour.

Jumping crocodile cruises

There are a few groups Adelaide River jumping crocs tours, however the Spectacular Crocodile Cruises is the only one that is Aboriginal owned. 

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Canoelands Orchard Fruit Picking

Canoelands Orchard

Canoelands Orchard

Pick your own fruit at Canoelands Orchard. Nectarines, peaches, blueberries, strawberries and more are available seasonally at this orchard in the Hawkesbury.

Canoelands Orchard

Canoelands Orchard offers pick-your-own seasonal produce. Entry fee may vary but is generally $5 adult, $3 kids 5-15 and under 5s free. 

Canoelands Orchard

Cost for fruit picked:

$6/kg for stone fruit, (nectarines, plums, peaches)
$6/kg Apples
$6/kg for tomatoes and eggplant
$10/kg Strawberries and
$20/kg blueberries
$6/kg citrus

Canoelands Orchard

Canoelands asks that if you wish to taste the fruit that you taste only one piece, the rest must be purchased. 

Canoelands Orchard

Environmentally-friendly picking bags are available for $1 each, or you can bring your own bags and containers. 

Canoelands Orchard

It’s a short walk from the entrance to the orchard. Carts are free to borrow and I highly recommend taking one as the fruit gets heavy, fast. 

Canoelands Orchard

There are friendly farm animals to meet and feed (please purchase animal food there and don’t feed them anything else. Dogs are not welcome, so leave your doggos at home. 

Canoelands Orchard

There is a small playground for kids.

Canoelands Orchard

Standard bookings are for 2 hours. Please depart promptly at the end of your time slot.

Canoelands Orchard

There is a cafe onsite. We ordered a cheese and fruit grazing box in advance ($39 for small). Large is $79.

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The shop at the entrance sells fantastic locally-made produce such as honey and jams.

Canoelands Orchard

Canoelands Orchard
27-29 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands NSW
http://www.canoelandsorchard.com

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Strawberry Picking at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Strawberry Picking at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Enjoy strawberry picking at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl. A visit to the strawberry farm is the perfect spring activity for families with kids of all ages. 

Bilpin is a small town in the City of Hawkesbury local government area in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, approximately 1.5 hours from the Sydney CBD.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

The Bilpin Fruit Bowl has a large range of fruit and vegetables available for picking throughout the year. They have recently put in a hot house and for the first time have strawberries available for picking. 

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

The strawberry farm at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl is located inside a large hot house with open sides which allow plenty of fresh air for ventilation. 

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

What you need to know about strawberry picking at the  Bilpin Fruit Bowl:

There is an entry cost of $20 for adults, $10 for children aged between 3 and 12. Free for children under 3 years of age.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

The entry cost allows you to eat as much fruit as you want as you pick it.

To take the rest of your fruit home costs $20/kg for strawberries.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Empty punnets and scissors for cutting strawberries off the vines are provided at the entrance. You can also BYO baskets and containers.

Bookings are essential and limited to 200 people every 2 hours. 

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

There is a small shop/cafe onsite serving light meals and snacks as well as selling locally-grown fruit. Bathrooms are located next to the cafe/shop.

Picnics are allowed but expect everybody to follow COVID rules. Please bring your own picnic rugs and chairs and picnic in the designated picnic area only. There are no picnics allowed inside the farm.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

You must pay for whatever you pick. (YOU PICK IT YOU OWN IT).

Please keep an eye on small children and ensure the vines aren’t damaged and fruit isn’t thrown.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

While the hot house has a roof, we found the best strawberry vines to be located at the first aisle next to the entrance which was quite sunny – so bring hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. 

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

I would suggest wearing closed in shoes as it’s a farm and you’ll be walking through dirt.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

There are plenty of lettuce and bok choi varieties available at the very back of the hot house.

Strawberry Picking Bilpin Fruit Bowl

Enjoy your strawberry picking! We spend about an hour gorging ourselves at the strawberry farm and still took home a lot for later.

Bilpin Fruit Bowl
2093 Bells Line of Road
Bilpin NSW

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