Exploring the Northern Territory? Kakadu Adventure Tours are filled to the brim with adventure. From the many cascading waterfalls, to the dense jungles, Australian wildlife and rocky escarpments – Kakadu is where adventure begins. Starting in Darwin, on a Kakadu Adventure tour you’ll visit the highlights such as the breathtaking Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park.
The Northern Territory’s capacity for adventure doesn’t start and finish in Kakadu National Park however, with tours setting off from Darwin you can visit Litchfield National Park as well as Katherine.
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Kakadu National Park
The primary pull of the national park is undoubtedly its wildlife; with crocodiles in East Alligator River, flatback turtles at the mouth of the South Alligator River, and brightly coloured birds in the trees throughout, everywhere you turn there’ll be something stunning to see. One of the most exhilarating activities to do is croc spotting. Head to the safe platforms at Cahills Crossing and Yellow Water for a prime location – with over 10,000 in the park you’re sure to lay your eyes on one of these fascinating prehistoric creatures.
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World-famous rock art galleries
Whilst in this stunning reserve, make sure to take advantage of all the walks, swimming, fishing and boat cruises on offer, which visit some of the parks most beautiful spots. There are two different boat cruises guide you through the wetlands, the Aboriginal-owned Yellow Water Cruises which provides stunning sunrise and sunset cruises, or the Guluyambi boat cruise which is the only way to get to Ubirr once floodwaters close the road, allowing you to see the world-famous rock art galleries.
Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls
Not short of a waterfall or two, the Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls are spectacular whatever time of year you visit. In the dry season (June – November), you can take the walk to the Jim Jim Falls Plunge Pool and Twin Falls Gorge to relax in the cooling waters when the falls are just a trickle. In the wet season (December – May), you can only see them on a scenic flight – but what a sight!
There are fantastic walks in all areas of Kakadu. Views for miles, ancient rock art and towering rainforest make each walk memorable. If you’ve come prepared, you can do them alone, but you’ll learn a lot more from a tour guide. You’ll also have more access to the most special parts of the park if you go on a 4WD, coach or camping tour.
The Bininj and Mungguy People
The Kakadu National park is owned by the oldest living culture on earth, Aboriginal people who are called Bininj in the north of the park and Mungguy in the south. When visiting, be sure to respect their ancient culture by refraining from invasive activities or taking photographs, but be sure to learn all you can about their fascinating culture, clans, language and bush foods.
There are also many lessons to be learnt in Kakadu: don’t feed the crocs, don’t think you can beat the heat, and you can’t always rely on your mobile phone. You’ll also have the chance to learn about the history of Australia, where Aboriginal life has remained conserved for thousands of years with rock art, kept traditions and respected culture.
The Towering Heights Of Katherine Gorge
After you’ve explored Kakadu it’s time to move on to Katherine Gorge. An ancient gorge carved from the Katherine River over 23 million years, the rock faces rise a massive 70 metres up. Situated within the Nitmiluk National Park you’ll have the chance to take a cruise down the river or even hire a canoe or boat for another perspective of the imposing gorge.
Best time of year to visit Kakadu
Thanks to the knowledge of the local Aboriginals, they have denoted that there are six seasons that take place throughout the year in Kakadu, meaning there are different things to see at different times of year. From December to March the season is known as Gudjewg and temperatures are at 24 - 34 Celsius. At this type of year you can expect tropical thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding. This is also when you’ll find Magpie Geese nesting.
Come Banggerreng - also known as April, temperatures remain the same, however the rain lets off but you may get the odd ‘Knock ‘em down storm’ which can damage new plants as they attempt to grow. Yegge from May to mid June is when the locals will often burn some of the land to encourage growth, and temperatures are a little more bearable having cooled off somewhat.
The cool season from mid June to mid August sits at around 17-32 Celsius is when the dry season (Wurregeng) begins and the burning continues. As the billabongs and creeks shrink wildlife crowd around the waters as it becomes scarce. From mid August to October temperatures begin to rise again as Sea turtles come on shore to lay their eggs, and from October - late December Gunumeleng takes place as the land prepare once more for the wet season. With the ever-changing weather of the Kakadu region it’s important to plan your trip.
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Kakadu Wild Expeditions
3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield Tour
Price: from $995.00
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Cascading tropical waterfalls welcome you in this Kakadu and Litchfield adventure. Cruise the croc-inhabited waters of the Mary River Wetlands, hike to Ubirr to see ancient Aboriginal rock art and marvel at the beautiful Maguk Waterfalls.
A 4WD Safari through Kakadu is the perfect way to see the very best of this diverse and rich landscape.
Contact Kakadu Wild Expeditions
Address: 9 Bagot St, Djugun WA 6725, Australia
Phone: 1300 73 88 70 | +61 8 9193 7778
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3 Day Uluru Adventure
Want to see the Red Centre's greatest natural attractions in under three days? Easy. Jump on this trip and you'll get to admire Uluru by sunrise and sunset, explore the natural wonders of Watarrka National Park/Kings Canyon – the Lost City, Amphitheatre, Garden of Eden and North and South Walls – and weave through the gigantic boulders and gullies of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Enjoy an evening of open air Outback dining – our 1,000 Star Dinner.
Meals: 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport: All-terrain vehicle
Accommodation: Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities)
Price: $714 PP (Inc. Tax)
Contact Adventures Tours Australia
Address: 7/ 567 Collins St, 3000 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone: +61 1300 654 604
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