The Best Time Of Year To Visit Kakadu & The Top End

The Best Time Of Year To Visit Kakadu & The Top End


The Top End in Australia’s Northern Territory is the gateway to adventure. Thousands of hectares of unspoilt natural beauty teeming with wildlife makes for a great overland tour in the NT, but when’s the best time to visit Kakadu and the Top End?

The Weather in Kakadu and the Surrounds

The best time of year to visit Kakadu is between June and August during the dry season. This is when you can expect more pleasant temperatures that sit around 30-32 C from June to August making it much more bearable than October and November when it sores to 35+C which isn’t the best temperature for exploring and hiking through dense vegetation!

When Is the Wet Season in Kakadu?

Don’t mind a bit of rain? When it rains in the NT, it pours! But that’s not to say the wet season isn’t a great time to visit. During the wet season from November to April, dry river beds are once again enlivened and swimming holes topped up by powerful waterfalls. And with water comes life! Animals flock to the billabongs that team with fish and turtles and vegetation is ripe with fruit.

One thing to bear in mind is about the wet season in Kakadu and the Northern Territory is that less of the Kakadu National Park might be accessible as roads can become rained out, which is why many people choose to book Kakadu tours in June through to early October.

How Dry Is the Dry Season?

You’ll still find plenty of trickling waterfalls flowing into idyllic swimming holes to cool off in during the NT’s dry season and you’ll still be able to spot local inhabitants such as skinks, turtles, monitor lizards, and even crocodiles (definitely don’t go swimming when you see a croc sign, they really mean it).

Wildlife to See During the Dry Season

If you’re planning on booking Kakadu tours during the dry season, then rest assured, this time of year gives you great access to the park. In the woodlands you can see sugar gliders going from tree to tree, wallabies can be found hopping about grasslands, crocodiles become more concentrated as the water diminishes, and hundreds of species of bird can be seen!

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