Wheelchair accessible Kakadu tours.

My wife and I are staying in the Crocodile Inn at Jabiru, Kakadu from 2 July for 5 nights. We are travelling to Jabiru from Darwin by Greyhound Bus. Though using a manual folding wheelchair to get about I can stand up and take a few steps with help for balance.

Can you suggest suitable tours to take at Kakadu National Park? We are traveling from New Zealand so this visit is a oncer.
Thankyou for your help.Desmond H.

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Wheelchair accessible attractions in Kakadu
by: Birgit

Hi Desmond,

The Gagudju Crocodile Inn has a tour desk and the people there should be able to advise you regarding tours and arrange your bookings.

I am not a travel agent. I have nothing to do with the tourism industry, so anything to do with tours, bookings etc. I can't help with at all.

What I can tell you is which attractions in Kakadu are accessible for wheel chairs:
  • The main rock art site at Ubirr (East Alligator area). There is also a boat cruise on the East Alligator River that I think you would be able to do. (But you would have to confirm that.)
  • The Bowali Visitor Centre, which will likely be your first stop anyway.
  • The Nourlangie Rock art site.
  • The Yellow Water boat cruise.
  • The Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre next door.
  • The observation platform at the Mamukala wetlands.
  • Since most if not all the waterfalls will be out of your reach you may also want to look at the scenic flights over the area.

You can download the official Kakadu Visitor Guide here. It has good maps of all areas. The overview map will give you an idea where everything is located, and the maps of the individual areas indicate where you have wheelchair access.

I would also suggest you contact Kakadu National Park, as they would be able to give you more details. I am sure that some of the shorter walks would also be accessible for wheelchairs, at least for part of the way. Gunlom Falls for example is a waterhole that I think a wheelchair should be able to get to.

But your best bet is to talk to the park or to the individual tour operators about it, as they would have lots of experience with that.

Hope that helps a little bit!

PVC Wheelchairs
by: Terry Potter

Having traveled to Kakadu, I can tell you it is generally a very rough terrain environment. I commend you for your adventurous spirit and wish you well for your trip. You will love it!

I lived in Darwin a couple of times and enjoyed every aspect of the natural wonders that surround.


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