3 days - 1 week
Darwin to Darwin
Best in Dry Season June - September
Rent a car from Darwin, pack a tent or book ahead and enjoy the best of Kakadu National Park. There’s a treasure chest of natural beauties within. Welcome to outback Australia!
This trip kicks off in Ubirr, a 3.5 hour drive from Darwin. Ubirr is famous for its well preserved ancient Aboriginal rock art. Throw your walking shoes on and take on the Ubirr walk, which takes you past some of the amazing art sites and leads to a beautiful lookout, a great place to catch the sunset.
After exploring Ubirr, head south to Nourlangie Rock. This is another sacred Aboriginal site with well preserved rock art and views of the famous Arnhem Land escarpment sandstone rock formations.
Jim Jim Falls
After getting in your cultural dose of outback Australia, take a detour further south to the Australian National Heritage listed Jim Jim Falls. Take the 2km return walk through the forest and over rocky boulders to the 200m falls. A site to soak up in itself and get wet in the plunge pool below. You can spend the night here at the Garnamarr Campground and if you have time, check out the nearby Twin Falls - another towering beast at 150m.
Head north and back on track to Yellow Lagoon. Take a trip through Kakadu’s wetlands and discover the array of wildlife from crocodiles to birds as well as the beautiful landscape and scenery.
Maguk / Barramundi Gorge
More amazing waterfalls await as you head south through the park to Maguk or Barramundi Gorge waterfall and plunge pool. Take the walk along Barramundi Creek, through rainforest and past sandstone rock formations to reach to the epic pool and waterfalls navigating through the towering rocks. This is another great spot to get out the tent poles and soak up this beautiful place at the nearby campground.
If you’re a Crocodile Dundee fan then your jaw is going to drop a little further at Gunlom Falls, making an appearance in the movie - and for a good reason. The short walk takes you to a cascading waterfall and natural infinity pool looking out over the park. The perfect spot to settle in for the afternoon and catch the sunset.
Close by to Gunlom is the last stop on this trip through Kakadu at Motor Car Falls. Take the Yurmikmik Walk out 3.5km to this natural gem where you can swim in the pool below and be surrounded in monsoonal rainforest and a stunning waterfall. Take the return walk back and keep an eye out for Wallaroos and birds.
Take the time to move slowly through the park and appreciate everything it has to offer. It’s best in the dry season but can be done all year round. Kakadu National Park is the perfect place to chill out in natural pools, hike to waterfalls, take in some culture and soak up some of the best of outback Australia.
This trip is in partnership with @traveltracksaus.