Did you know Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park. Kakadu covers nearly 20,000 square kilometers, much of which is inaccessible without a 4WD vehicle. Although we didn’t head out on many of the 4WD tracks we feel like you can saw a lot of the places in a 2WD and a Caravan.
Day 1- Maguk Fall’s and Yellow Water’s
This waterfall is accessible to 4WD vehicles via a 10km unsealed road. It might be accessible to 2WDs if it’s dry and you’re not driving a rental, the road is quite rough and sandy in spots. The trail is 2km 1 hour return walk. The beginning of the trail is fairly easy along a sandy trail and across some muddy patches. The second half is a rock scramble, the sand makes the rocks quite slippery so be careful. Once at the end of the trail you will see the waterfall and a very clear plunge pool. There is a campground here too which provides showers, toilets and unpowered sites. If you had longer then 3 days you may decide to camp here for the night.
After spending the morning at the waterfall drive to Yellow water in Cooinda. Spend the afternoon walking along the Platform in the wetlands or head out on a sunset cruise. The cruises are 90 minutes along the river. Prices start from $109pp, Click Here for more information. For your 1st night you can either stay at Cooinda resort, Unpowered sites from $29 and powered sites from $60 per night. Or head out to Muirella park which is $15pp per night, there is showers, toilets and unpowered sites.
Day 2-Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Region.
Head out early to Nawgurlandja lookout walk, This is a short 300m climb up a moderately steep slope. Which offers views over Nourlangie and anbangbang billabong. Next head out to anbangbang billabong which is 250m from the same carpark. You can walk around the billabong which is 2.5km 1 hour return circuit. All in the same area drive to Nourlangie and walk along the 2km circuit through Nanguluwurr art site up to kunwarddewardde lookout.
Next head out to East Alligator region. Once you arrive head to merlu Campground where you will spend your 2nd night. It is $15pp per night to stay here it has hot showers, toilets and unpowered sites. In the afternoon head out to Cahill Crossing and spot many big salt water crocodiles. It is best to head here when the tide is more then 6m but even if it isn’t it’s still worth heading out here. Next head along Bardedjilidji walk, It is a 2.5km circuit along the river and through layered sandstone outliers allow 2 hours to walk the circuit.
In the evening head out to Ubir it is a 1km circuit trail which takes you past aboriginal art sites. It is a moderatley steep 250m climb which takes you to the top of a rocky lookout which is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
Day 3- South Aligator
On your last day head out to Mamukala wetlands which is a great place to watch the birdlife there is also a 3km walk adjacent to the wetlands allow 1-2 hours. If you have a 4wd there is a few tracks which you can take out along the west alligator head track which takes you to two and four mile hole. Near South Alligator there is a 4WD track which takes you out to the Red Lilly billabong. If you don’t have a 4WD pack a picnic lunch and head to south Alligator river and picnic area. Also make sure to stop at one of the jumping croc cruises. They run 4 times a day and go for an hour. It is located in the Adelaide River 1 hour from Darwin. Click Here for more information.
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