When the competition’s this fierce, you don’t get to be Australia’s most iconic national park without good reason.
Kakadu National Park is brimming with billabongs, waterfalls, otherwordly rock formations, and all types of native wildlife so it's little surprise that this bucket-list region is where the outback runs wild. Whether you want to explore the bushland of Litchfield National Park, soak up the year-round warmth in Katherine, or cross the Northern Territory from top-to-tail, taking in the highlights from Alice Springs to Darwin, our tours in Kakadu & The Top End are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From trekking through beloved national parks that show off Mother Nature's best work to marvelling at ancient Aboriginal rock art engraved centuries ago, let the magic of the Aussie wilderness fill your heart with overwhelming happiness and your mind with unforgettable memories.
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Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage.
All travellers are required to produce:
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
- All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
- If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.
There are a few ways you can get to Kakadu National Park with the best option depending on where in Australia you're travelling from. If you're coming from a different state, the best option is to fly with the nearest major airport being Darwin International Airport (DRW) which is then a 1 hour and 45-minute drive to Kakadu via a rental car or an organised tour. You can also decide to embark on an epic road trip with most major cities over 24 hours away from Kakadu National Park.
There are two main seasons in the Kakadu region, that being wet and dry. The dry season runs from May to October and the wet season runs from November to April so keep that in mind when planning your trip. The dry season is regarded as the 'best' time to travel and is, therefore, more popular (and crowded) than at other times of the year. Regardless of when you're travelling to Kakadu, there is always something to see and plenty of activities to participate in.
There is a whopping 24 national parks scattered across the Northern Territory with each one telling a story of natural creation millions of years ago. From captivating waterfalls to jaw-dropping landscapes, here are a few of our favourite Northern Territory national parks:
- Nitmiluk National Park
- Litchfield National Park
- Kakadu National Park
- Umbrawarra Nature Park
- Limmen National Park
- Flora River Nature Park
What to pack for a trip to Kakadu & The Top End largely depends on what kind of holiday you want to have (whether it's adventurous or more relaxing) but there are still a few essential items you'll need for both. Make sure you pack comfortable walking/hiking shoes, socks, sunscreen, a hat, a day bag, and a reusable drink bottle. You should also carry a mini first aid kit with you, as well as your camera, portable chargers, and a visitors guide to the national parks you plan on visiting.
Due to Kakadu National Park's remote and secluded location, there will be less service (and often no service) than in other more populated areas. This doesn't mean there's absolutely no service though. You'll find mobile coverage in Jabiru and Cooinda, as well as at the Bowali Visitor Centre, although remember to keep in mind that this is a perfect opportunity to disconnect with the rest of the world and embrace the beautiful wilderness that's before you.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.