Kakadu National Park - A Detailed Guide
To Australia's Most Famous National Park
Kakadu National Park is considered a must see for anyone visiting northern Australia.
It is on the "to do" list of most Australia visitors, and so it should be. The park has a lot to offer.
To get the most out of a visit to Kakadu requires either a lot of time or some insider knowledge.
I can't give you more time than what you have available for your visit, but I can help with the insider knowledge!
So let's have a look at Kakadu...
First, here are some general interest and overview pages:
Facts about Kakadu NP gives you all that background information about size, location and management, habitat and nature, climate, Aborignal culture etc.
And here is a quick tour through Kakadu National Park to show you what there is to see and do and where everything is.
Another good way to get a first overview is to download the official visitor guide. It doesn't have any detailed information, but it has good maps and listings of where everything is located.
If you can't download and print it, I have also summarised that information on a few pages here:
Kakadu attractions, Kakadu accommodation, camping in Kakadu, and here are some maps of Kakadu National Park.
Ok, so much for official tourist information. Let's get to the details that they don't tell you about!
Kaka-do or Kaka-don't?
Have you ever heard or read that line? Or seen a comment like this?
"They should call it Kaka-don't. It's not worth going. Go to Litchfield. That's much better."
Believe it or not, those comments are not unusual. Many tourists leave Kakadu very disappointed!
The reason is that most people grossly underestimate the size of Kakadu National Park. They don't take enough time and they don't do any research.
As a result they spend most of their time driving and see only the most touristy, developed and crowded sites within the park. Nothing like the amazing wilderness experience they had hoped for...
A day or even overnight trip can't do this place justice. I consider three days the minimum and five days or more would be adequate. But obviously that is not possible for most tourists.
So, if you have little time, should you even go? Kaka-do or Kaka-don't?
Travel In Kakadu National Park: How, When, What?
You decided it's Kakado! You can't possibly miss Kakadu National Park. And that leads to more questions...
What is the best time to visit Kakadu National Park?
The official answer is June to August, but there is always more than the official answer... And on the next page you can find out more about what you can and can't do during the wet season in Kakadu.
Kakadu tours or self driving?
Some people ask me in emails if I think they have to join a Kakadu tour. Have to??? You don't have to do anything! If tours are not your thing, don't do it. It's as simple as that.
On the other hand, if you don't mind joining a group of like minded travellers then there are some good reasons for taking a Kakadu tour instead of self driving. Provided you pick the right tour...
2WD or 4WD for Kakadu?
The next big question for self drivers is two wheel drive or four wheel drive? Do you really need a four wheel drive? What do you miss out on if you have only a two wheel drive? In my opinion you would miss the best parts... (Like all the places below.)
Individual Locations, Tips, And More Info
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- The official Kakadu National Park site
- About Kakadu's world heritage listing
- Kakadu at NT Tourism
- The Kakadu webcam
- Avoid the crowds in Kakadu