Arriving in Kakadu was exciting. It really is where the Northern Territory starts to show what it really is made up of. Waterfalls, rugged rainforests during the wet season and dry arid bushland during the dry. The flora and fauna are forever changing and evolving, the wildflowers are in bloom and the outback is lit up with spots of colour.
It truly is an unforgettable experience, there are so many walking trails, lookouts, plunge pools, fishing spots and crocs just waiting to be explored.
Waterfalls and Swimming Holes
Jim Jim Falls
The colossal Jim Jim Falls is Kakadu’s biggest waterfall. At 200metres high it’s also taller than all the waterfalls at Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks in the Northern Territory. All the falls in the National Park require a 4wd car to visit. Jim Jim falls does have a rugged road in and will take you about an hour to drive to the car park. Even though it is an hour drive, it is absolutely worth it.
Feeling adventurous? Cahills Crossing is a popular spot to watch the crocodiles catch a feed of barramundi. The crocs are easily spotted and there is a safe spot to stand and watch without getting too close. You can even flick a line out if your are game.
TIP- The best time to visit is high tide which is between 2.00 pm-4.00 pm.
Adelaide Croc Jumping Tour
This tour is not for the faint-hearted. You will get very up close and personal with the local crocodiles of the Adelaide River. This was a highlight of our Kakadu adventures and something we will never forget. The kids loved it and the staff on the tour were funny and informative.
Walks and Rock Art
Ubirr Sunset Trail
The Ubirr Trail is by far one of the most scenic walks in the Kakadu National Park. The trail to the top is only about 500 metres and there are a few rock climbs towards the top. Along the trail to the lookout, you will pass many historical sites which include several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites.
The lookout itself is amazing. If you are there for sunset then take a small picnic
The lookout at the top is best viewed at sunset, sit back and watch as the sun sets over the Nadab floodplains.
If you have a 4wd you will have access to all points of interest in Kakadu which will be a massive bonus as many places do require a 4wd. During the wet season most places in Kakadu close for safety as many of the roads flood. The best time to visit Kakadu is during the months of April- October.
Happy and safe travels
Kylie and Dan from Fearless and Free Range