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Kakadu National Parks Pass
The Kakadu National Parks Pass allows entry to explore ancient sites such as Ubirr, Jim Jim Falls, Burrunkguy and Maguk. You will be required to keep your Kakadu National Parks accessible when within the National Park and produce to Park Rangers upon request.
Darwin to Jabiru
Set off from Darwin eastbound towards Humpty Doo, the home of the Aboriginal Didgeridoo Hut and Art Gallery. If you're interested in learning more about the local culture the local artists at the gallery can teach you about bush food and medicine, weaving, spear throwing, and playing the didgeridoo. Back on the road, keep an eye out for the Big Boxing Crocodile as you travel along the highway. After about 32km, you will reach the town of Wak Wak, where you can join a Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Seize the opportunity to get up close and personal with these giant, prehistoric creatures from the safety of your boat. This one hour cruise will take you out on the Adelaide River and entice crocodiles up to 6 metres long to jump.
If you're interested in learning more about the local culture, head down the road to the family-run Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours where you will learn about local bush food and medicine, weaving, spear throwing and playing the didgeridoo.
When you are ready, continue travelling east on Arnhem Highway. Mary River National Park is a beautiful wetland reserve located down the road from Wak Wak. Bird lovers will be spoiled with the diversity of species living here and will have plenty of opportunities to spot them while cruising the billabongs. For the anglers out there you can also enjoy world-class fishing, with the opportunity to catch barramundi, getting up to 1.4m in length!
From here it is a very straightforward drive to Jabiru, the main township of Kakadu National Park.
Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Today, you will cruise a spectacular, untouched river and witness the iconic saltwater crocodile in action. An experienced crew will teach you about the biology and ecology of these creatures and the Adelaide River they inhabit. Onboard a purpose-built vessel, every seat guarantees a perfect view (no glass!) of the river and banks of Djukbinj National Park as you cruise into the wilds of the Northern Territory. With a focus on your safety and sustainable practices, you will have an unforgettable experience.
Jabiru is a hub for experiencing the best of Kakadu National Park. Consider crossing Cahills, the world's deadliest river crossing, on a day tour which explores Arnhem Land, a region characterised by rocky escarpments and incredible reminders of Australia's history with rock art up to 50,000 years old. Walk the path around the Jabiru Lake, once built as a recreational lake before being inhabited by crocodiles and a great place for bird watching, before finishing up at Marrawuddi, the local art gallery. Drive 5 minutes or walk the 5km return path to explore the information at Bowali Visitors Centre before heading out to Burrunkuy (Nourlangie) where you will find World Heritage rock art, accessible by easy-to-access walks, ranging from 30 minutes to 6 hours. Head back onto the Kakadu Highway, past the Mirray lookout to Cooinda, where you will find Warradjan Cultural Centre, complete with Aboriginal displays, artefacts and a shop selling a range of artwork, books and crafts completed by local artists. Wildlife cruises on the South Alligator River in Cooinda allow you to get up close to crocodiles and learn more about the fascinating bird species in the region.