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Darwin to Kakadu Tours & Tips

Posted on 04 September, 2023 in Darwin, Kakadu, Tours, Wet Season, Private Charter

The most popular time to visit is in the dry season, which runs from May to October. However, Kakadu National Park is open all year round and can also be fantastic in the wetter months.

Darwin is the vibrant capital of the Northern Territory. With the closest major airport to Kakadu, Darwin is a great place to begin your Kakadu adventure. Getting from Darwin to Kakadu is easy, and there are a few ways to do it!

Take a look below for tips to get from Darwin to Kakadu as well as some Kakadu Tour options.


How to get from Darwin to Kakadu

Self-drive road trips are a popular way to explore Kakadu National Park. The Park's northern entrance is located about 150km from Darwin via the Arnhem Highway; a sealed bitumen road is open throughout the year. Once in the Park, the highway runs straight through the centre to Kakadu's main township of Jabiru. There is a second sealed road that runs from Jabiru to the south.

It is possible to see plenty of Kakadu in a regular 2WD car; however, a 4WD can really get you off the beaten track and add a few more stops to your itinerary. If you are considering a self-drive experience, be prepared to do a decent amount of driving. Allow for long distances between sites and fuel up in the main townships of Cooinda and Jabiru. And don't forget your Kakadu permit. Some roads are closed during the Wet season, so it's a good idea to check the Kakadu daily access report before you head off. Then, grab yourself a detailed Kakadu National Park Map and hit the road!


Kakadu Day Tours

If you are short on time, consider a scenic flight. There are no commercial flights that run to Kakadu; however, scenic flights depart from Darwin or Jabiru. An excellent option if you are short on time. Operating in wet and dry seasons, scenic flights offer a unique bird's eye view of Kakadu National Park. Experience the diversity by taking in the rocky escarpments, billabongs and floodplains teeming with life. Waterfalls are in full force during the wet, and with many inaccessible during this season, scenic flights can give you the perfect vantage point. Combine a flight with a short tour to make it a full day experience. Kakadu Air offer flights from Darwin all year round. You can contact them for more information on 1800 089 113


Kakadu Tours (multi-day options)

For some, driving long distances on unfamiliar roads, sorting permits and researching road access can be exhausting. Guided Tours can eliminate that worry. A guided tour is a great way to experience all Kakadu has to offer. Guided Tours can vary in duration and cater to a variety of group sizes and needs. A knowledgeable guide can share the history and rich cultural background of Kakadu National Park. They also know all the best views and safest swimming spots. So, with the driving, meals and accommodation taken care of, the only thing left to do is enjoy the magnificent Kakadu National Park.


Venture North offer a 5 Day Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula Tour

Departing from Darwin to Kakadu and back, this small group tour explores all the wonders of Kakadu National Park before journeying through Arnhem Land and onto the Cobourg Peninsula. Venture North also offer Private Charters operating all your round and catering to your exact touring needs.

 Contact us to find out more!