BEFORE YOU GO
WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED WITH THESE KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TIPS
Three hours’ drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is easier to reach than people realise. Interstate travellers can fly into Darwin and hire a vehicle or join a tour. Main highways into the park are sealed and suitable for 2WD, but you’ll have a better time if you’re in a 4WD and can tackle the many dirt roads. Conditions vary, especially during the tropical summer (November-april), so solo travellers need to stay on top of reports. Call into Bowali Visitor Centre to ask rangers about which roads are open and to buy a park pass.
The price of a park pass depends on the season. Up to the end of April, you’ll pay $65 for a family of four, or $25 an adult. From May to October, it rises to $100 a family/$40 an adult. Go to parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu to book. PACK MOZZIE REPELLENT Mosquitoes and flies come with the territory in Australia’s largest national park, and they can be relentless. Mostly, mozzies pester you at dawn and dusk, so pack environmentally friendly spray and citronella candles. Take an antiseptic gel for insect bites, sunscreen, water and, if travelling independently, an emergency beacon, 4WD repair kit and UHF radio.
STOCK UP ON FOOD IN DARWIN
If you’re an independent traveller and don’t want to eat out every night, then stock up on groceries in Darwin. You’ll have access to a larger range of supplies at better prices.
LEAVE YOUR DRONE AT HOME
It’s forbidden to send up a drone unless you have a permit from Parks Australia – and it’s not easy to obtain one.