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What are the best things to do in Kakadu?
Nourlangie and Ubirr rock art galleries
The Aboriginal rock art galleries are one of the top attractions to see while holidaying on Kakadu accommodation and flight packages. Nourlangie and Ubirr are home to some of the best examples of rock art in the national park. The rock art tells Dreamtime stories and shares historical accounts of the Aboriginal people who have lived in the area. Some paintings you’ll see date back as long ago as 20,000 years. You can join park rangers for guided tours of the rock art galleries by travelling on Kakadu holiday packages during the dry season.
Jim Jim Falls
There are several waterfalls dotted around Kakadu National Park, and Jim Jim Falls is one of the most iconic cascades to see while holidaying on Kakadu packages. Jim Jim Falls is 200 metres (656 feet) tall, making it Kakadu’s tallest waterfall. You can reach the falls via the Jim Jim Plunge Pool Walk, which winds its way through the rainforest for 1 kilometre (0.6 miles). Note that Jim Jim Falls is only open during the dry season and is only accessible by 4WD, so you’ll need to do some advance planning to see the falls on Kakadu holiday packages.
Yellow Water Billabong
This attraction is a must-do for visitors hoping to get a glimpse into Kakadu’s diverse wildlife. Yellow Water Billabong is home to a wide variety of birds – about one third of all Australian bird species. You may also spot a crocodile, wallabies, buffalo, and wild horses around the billabong. Take in the scenery of Yellow Water Billabong by booking onto one of the boat rides that operate year round. There’s also a boardwalk along the edge of the billabong that you can enjoy by booking Kakadu packages for travel between July and November.
When is the best time to visit Kakadu?
Kakadu has a tropical climate with a wet season, a dry season, and two short shoulder seasons to plan around when booking Kakadu holiday packages. Wet season falls between November and March and is marked by humid weather, temperatures of about 34° to 37°C, and regular rainfall. The extra rainfall leads to Kakadu’s rivers and waterfalls being their fullest and most beautiful. However, the wet weather also means you’ll find some attractions closed by holidaying on Kakadu packages at this time. Attractions that close during the wet season include Jim Jim Falls and Gunlom Falls. This is the low season and the time you’ll find the lowest prices on hotels and accommodation in Kakadu.
You can enjoy the dry season by booking Kakadu accommodation and flight packages between June and August. There’s little to no rain during this season with low humidity and slightly cooler temperatures of about 33°C. All of the park’s attractions are usually open during the dry season, and this is the best time to travel on Kakadu holiday packages to spend time outdoors. The nice dry season weather means this is the high season, so book your hotel and accommodation in Kakadu early for the lowest rate.
The first of the shoulder seasons is between April and May when temperatures average 33°C. Waterfalls are still gushing and beautiful from the wet season and some attractions may still be closed. Temperatures heat up in September and October in the transition period between the dry and wet seasons. Come prepared for temperatures up to 38°C when you book Kakadu accommodation and flight packages during this shoulder season. Humidity levels are high, but there isn’t much rain and fewer tourists than the busy dry season.
What is the best way to get around Kakadu?
Kakadu National Park doesn’t have any taxis or public transport, so hiring a car is the best option while holidaying on Kakadu packages. Reserve a rental car with Webjet after booking your hotel and accommodation in Kakadu. Pick your car up from Darwin after arriving, and the start of Kakadu National Park is about a two hour drive from there. Some of Kakadu’s most popular attractions are located down unsealed roads and are only accessible by 4WD. Consider renting a 4WD car after booking Kakadu holiday packages to visit spots like Jim Jim Falls, Maguk Gorge, and West Alligator Head.
Guided day tours of the national park are another option available to visitors holidaying on Kakadu packages. Book onto a full-day tour to see highlights around the park with a knowledgeable local guide. Many tours are available out of the town of Jabiru, and some depart from Cooinda Lodge – a Kakadu hotel that you can book through Webjet.