Kakadu National Park Travel Guide

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    Aboriginal Rock Art
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  • Warnings and Dangers
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Kakadu National Park Things to Do

  • Unexpected Gravesite on Gerowie Creek

    It was about 17:30 on 27 Aug 2010 when Zig (1+1) and I made it back to the Kakadu Highway from the Old Goodparla Homestead. As part of his ranger job, he needed to check out the nearby Ostejic (or maybe Ostojic?) Road Camp area on Gerowie Creek before we went back. Public access to the area is prohibited (I don't know why). We just made a quick...

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  • Footbridge at Bottom Moline Rockhole

    There is a metal footbridge crossing three large boulders in the streambed near the base of the Bottom Moline Rockhole. Although the welds on the footbridge say "The Rock Hole I. Fisher 1960," the small plaque on it says: "This bridge was originally built by N. & I. Fisher and the pathway by volunteers from Moline 1959." The footbridge has to be...

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  • Waterfall & Pool at Bottom Moline...

    The first day of my visit to southern Kakadu, Zig (1+1) took me to a beautiful rockhole, which had a small waterfall and a natural pool area with crystal clear water. When I was there in August 2010, I did not realize that there are actually two Moline rockholes, Top and Bottom. I believe that where we went was the Bottom Moline Rockhole. The Top...

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  • Trail to Bottom Moline Rockhole

    The unmarked turn northwest to the Bottom Moline Rockhole access road is ~5.5 km northeast of the southern entrance to Kakadu National Park on Hwy-21. The access road runs ~1.0 km to a parking area next to a picnic table. It is an easy ~200 meter walk from the trailhead to the Rockhole. Please note the danger signs about turbulent water and...

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  • Goymarr Interpretive Center

    The Goymarr Interpretive Center (as it is called on the Kakadu Visitor Guide map) is part of the Goymarr Tourist Park (formerly the Mary River Roadhouse), which calls it the Visitor Information Center. It is located near the south entrance to Kakadu National Park on Hwy-21 about 60 km northeast of the Stuart Highway. You can get your park pass,...

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  • South Entrance to Kakadu National Park

    The south entrance to Kakadu National Park is on the Kakadu Highway (Hwy-21) just north (~0.5 km) of the Goymarr Tourist Park, which is ~60 km northeast of the Stuart Highway . On 26 Aug 2010 it took Zig (1+1) and I ~35 minutes to get there from the Stuart Highway. Along the way you pass many creeks and the Moline Golf Course (see a separate...

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  • Ikoymarrwa Lookout

    The Park Notes on the Geology of Kakadu tell us that an unconformity is where there has been a period of erosion between the formation of an older rock and the deposition of a younger rock. The Ikoymarrwa Lookout is located on the unconformity north of the Goymarr Tourist Park, where red weathered basalt sits under a lighter coloured sandstone cap....

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  • Mary River

    Joe Fisher Bridge crosses the Mary River ~250 meters north of the turn to the Goymarr Tourist Park. It is ~270 meters north to the Kakadu National Park boundary. There are warning signs about crocodiles by the bridge. Zig told me that just the year before they found a 4.5 meter long saltwater crocodile in the river ~20 meters above the bridge. They...

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  • Bukbukluk Lookout

    The turn to the 700 meter access road for the Bukbukluk Lookout is located off the Kakadu Highway (Hwy-21) about 13 km north of the Ikoymarrwa Lookout. There is a picnic table near the trailhead. It is a ~400 meter roundtrip to two lookout areas with views of the Old Goodparla Station. See also a videoclip

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  • Old Goodparla Airstrip

    There used to be an airstrip at the Old Goodparla Homestead. Believe it or not, it still has an airport code, YGPA. Clearly, no airplane has landed there in a long time, since there are fairly good-sized trees and plenty of tall grasses growing in the runway. From the airstrip it is ~1.5 km to the homestead itself.

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  • Old Goodparla Homestead

    The turn to the southeast off the Kakadu Highway to the Old Goodparla Homestead is ~1.1 km north of the turn to the original Goodparla Homestead site. The road heads southeast past an interesting rock formation for ~0.5 km before turning north. It is then ~0.9 km to the Old Goodparla Airstrip, and another 1.5 km north and west to reach the...

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  • Old Goodparla Spring Area

    About 100 meters east of the Old Goodparla house and shed is a flat area with springs or at least an area that collects considerable water from a large drainage. It now has a fairly large amount of green grass and rich looking soil, but it would have been a good place for a garden when someone was living at the homestead. It drains into the nearby...

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Kakadu National Park Hotels

Kakadu National Park Restaurants

  • - a bit of a bun fight - LOL

    I must fully admit that I am a real fan of bakeries and their wares – yum.The Jabiru Bakery has one of the best range of tasty tucker that I have ever encountered and does include freshly made sandwiches and filled bread rolls on order. They also have a menu of hot take-away selections including great looking hamburgers etc.It is a bit of a bun...

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  • Get your morning cuppa...

    We definitely lucked out when we chose a location for breakfast before heading out for the next day in Kakadu. We chose the Jabiru Bakery in the town of Jabiru which turned out to be a great decision. This is a typical Australian style bakery serving morning pizzas, meat pies, pastries, and other baked goods along with some rich coffee to really...

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Kakadu National Park Transportation

  • Kakadu 1 day trip with AAT Kings

    Unless your really pressed for time we cant recommend a 1 day Kakadu tour and in particular can't recommend doing it with AATKings. The problem with a Kakadu 1 day drip (typically costing around $AUD240 per person ) is that for the 13 hour trip you only get to see/do 3 things due to the distances involved. We spent about 30mins at some rock art,...

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  • Darwin International Airport (DRW)

    Kakadu National Park is located 1-2 hours southeast of Darwin proper. Darwin is the most logical place to fly into, unless you are doing a long trek from the South.Darwin International Airport (DRW) is probably the smallest of Australia's International Airports. It is however a nice little place for a layover believe it or not.I prefer to fly with...

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  • Bus transport

    Greyhound/McCafferty's run a daily service from Darwin to Jabiru and on to Cooinda except for Christmas Day. It sets out in the morning from Darwin at the Transit Centre, gets to Jabiru just after 10AM and goes on to Cooinda where it stays to mid afternoon. Returns the same way and arrives back in Darwin in the early evening. You can make...

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Kakadu National Park Shopping

  • Wonderful Aboriginal Arts and Crafts

    Located in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in Western Arnhem Land, this aboriginal arts and crafts association has a wonderful collection of works for sale, including a large range of weavings, didjiridus, artefacts and carvings, as well as screen printed products such as t-shirts and fabrics. The aims of the Association are to promote and preserve the...

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  • Didgeridoo & Other Aboriginal Arts &...

    The foyer and other public areas of the Crocodile Holiday Inn hotel has on display an extensive range of Aboriginal Arts and Crafts including locally made Didgeridoos, crafts and paintings. All looked to be at reasonable prices.There are countless places where you can purchase Aboriginal Arts and Crafts throughout the Northern Territory and prices...

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  • Nowhere much else ...

    Photo 1 No booze!Photo 2 Jabiru shop hoursPhoto 3 I loved this restaurant signPhoto 4 The Jabiru library.It must be said that Jabiru seemed a strange town. In part it is there to provide services to a nearby mining project; in part to provide a shopping centre for the Aboriginal communities in the area; in part for the needs of tourists visiting...

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Kakadu National Park Local Customs

  • Six Seasons Of Kakadu

    At the entrance to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre there is a monument detailing the Six Seasons Of Kakadu as recognised by the local Bininji/Mugguy people.It recognises the spectacular change the Kakudu landscape experiences throughout the year and the local people recognise the 6 different seasons which define their life as they use the...

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  • A little about Aboriginal society

    I can't claim to be expert on Aboriginal society. Relatively few 'whitefellers' can make that claim. Fortunately Zig (VT 1+1), our tour leader and organiser, has spent many years with the Aboriginals of the Kakadu area and tried to give us some concepts of the Aboriginal kinship traditions going back many thousands of years – and about as different...

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  • Bush Tucker

    Photo 1 Lighting the fire by twirling a fire stickPhoto 2 Fish, cooked to perfectionPhoto 3 Damper (bush bread, something like scones)Photo 4 Watching the chefsPhoto 5 Who would prefer to be inside a restaurant?“Bush tucker” for those unaccustomed to Australian terminology, is the traditional diet of Aboriginal people, derived from all manner of...

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Kakadu National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Lock your car

    Although the sign above was photoed at Litchfield National Park, the warning is relevant for all other area of Northern Territory and Australia.It would be so easy for a thief to sit in his or her car pretending to be map reading, napping or whatever and is actually watching you and if you lock your car. He or she would be well versed in locking...

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  • Kakadu Park Pass

    I have included the Park Pass in the Warnings or Dangers section as not having a pass is an offence and you could be fined around $A200 plus the park fee if you have not purchased the pass.The pass can be purchased at the following locations:Tourism Top End Cnr Bennett and Smith Street DarwinAurora Kakadu South AlligatorGoymarr Interpretive...

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  • Beware salties

    Throughout Kakadu National Park you wil lfind rivers, streams and still water areas which may (or may not) be home to a residency of crocodiles. Admittedly, some of these may be freshwater crocodiles but in many areas they will be saltwater crocodiles (or salties). These denizens of the water can be the torture of an area but are definitely the...

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Kakadu National Park What to Pack

  • September Packing List

    Depending on your mode of transportation, I would recommend keeping your baggage to a minimum. If you are looking to just enjoy the off the highway stops, then you can pack what will fit in a sedan. If you are going to venture off into the 4x4 areas, then pack lightly so you can fit more supplies. In September, we were perfectly fine in t-shirts...

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  • Be prepared

    Wear loose clothes and a good pair of comfortable walking shoes with good traction. Also pack swimming gear if you plan on visiting the falls. If you aren't travelling with a guide or tour group, a first aid kit is a good idea. There are plenty of places to get hurt while hiking here. Unfortunately, I know this very well. This place is too...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Kakadu National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Mary River Cruise

    Departing 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 5.30pm on the Mary river on a cruise is a highlight I would highly recommend. Along which not only is some top end stunning river scenery, but also some amazing animal and birdlife viewing options. Croc catching barrumundi, NT's famous Jabiru, sea eagles, kingfisher, buffalo, wild brumby and so much more were spotted...

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  • Magnificent View From the Top - Ubirr

    After we had completed the 1 km circular track which took us to the Aboriginal rock art sites we then continued on to climb the rocky track leading up to the top of the outcrof.Only 250 metres high the climb to the top was managed by most of our group. those experiencing some touble were assisted over the larger rocks. Some sections had half metre...

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  • Rock Climbing - Take Your Time - Ubirr

    We walked the trail up to the top of the Rocky Outcrop. Although the temperature was in the mid twenties it was a little tough. We stopped halfway up to view another batch of rock paintings and this enabled us to gain a new lease on life and easily climb the final rock. Just make certain you have firm footing when climbing.A wonderful 360 degree...

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Kakadu National Park Favorites

  • Little fish in streams

    Every creek or waterhole we saw had crystal clear water. Well, Kakadu is a National Park, so we should expect it to be pristine! Not only was the water clear, but invariably there were small fish swimming around in the shallows. I guess that’s the safest place for them! The variety of life in these streams is quite remarkable, as you will see in...

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  • Some bugs of Arnhem Land

    .Main photo Dragonfly (Graphic Flutterer?)Photo 2 DamselflyPhoto 3 St Andrews Cross spider Photo 4 Green Ants - bush tucker (= bush food).I have little expertise on insects and spiders, but with so many fascinating dragonflies and such to be seen, naturally the camera came out.The main photo shows a dragonfly I found at Gunbalanya. From an internet...

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  • Arnhem Land and Kakadu

    Let’s do a brief rundown on the “whats and wheres” of Arnhem Land and Kakadu. They comprise most of that big square bump central to the top coast of Australia – an area of about 97,000 square km (larger than many European countries such as Hungary, Austria and Ireland, let alone smaller ones) or in USA terms, larger than all but the ten largest...

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