TRAVEL FACTS GET­TING THERE GET­TING AROUND

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From the south, Kakadu is 150 km from Kather­ine, via the Stu­art and Kakadu High­ways. Most peo­ple come from Dar­win though (that’s the clos­est air­port), which is also around 150 km from the edge of the park, via the Arn­hem High­way. Both roads are sealed. Most tours will pick you up from your Kakadu ac­com­mo­da­tion, although hav­ing your own set of wheels gives you the free­dom to get to se­cret sun­set spots like Nawur­landja Look­out, near Nourlangie.

The main roads in Kakadu (those that are open in the wet sea­son) are sealed. In­spir­ing Jour­neys has a se­lec­tion of tours that in­clude Kakadu, in­clud­ing the new Ul­ti­mate North­ern Ter­ri­tory Ad­ven­ture in Style.

in­spir­ingjour­neys.com WHEN TO GO

Kakadu is open all year, and is most pop­u­lar in the dry sea­son May to Novem­ber, but we’re rec­om­mend­ing travel in the wet — or green — sea­son. The wa­ter­falls are most spec­tac­u­lar dur­ing Fe­bru­ary and March.

WHERE TO STAY

The fa­mous crocodile-shaped inn, the Mer­cure Kakadu Crocodile Ho­tel, is in the mid­dle of Jabiru and is a very com­fort­able four-star ho­tel with all the mod cons. Sis­ter prop­erty Cooinda Lodge has fam­ily friendly mo­tel-style units set in re­sort gar­dens with a pool. kakadu­tourism.com

WHERE TO EAT

Both ho­tels have li­censed restau­rants. Don’t go home with­out try­ing the le­mon myr­tle beer-bat­tered lo­cal bar­ra­mundi, dukkha-dusted kan­ga­roo fil­let and Gun­bal­anya beef — grown in west Arn­hem Land with a dis­tinc­tive flavour thanks to the cat­tles’ wet­lands diet — at the Es­carp­ment Restau­rant in the Mer­cure Kakadu Crocodile Ho­tel.

THINGS TO DO

• See rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr or take a guided tour and walk with an in­dige­nous guide:

ay­alka­kadu.com.au

Cruise Yel­low Wa­ter Bil­l­abong at sun­rise or sun­set:

kakadu­tourism.com

Join a Gu­luyambi Cul­tural Cruise:

kaka­du­cul­tur­al­tours.com.au

• Take a he­li­copter flight over the wa­ter­falls with North Aus­tralian He­li­copters: northaus­tralian­heli­copters.com.au FUR­THER IN­FOR­MA­TION

• Parks Aus­tralia: park­saus­tralia.gov.au

In­spir­ing Jour­neys: in­spir­ingjour­neys.com

• Kakadu Tourism: kakadu­tourism.com

• Do the NT: north­ern­ter­ri­tory.com

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