Your Kakadu visit isn’t complete until you’ve met some of the locals.
There’s always something to do at Kakadu. Join our rangers for activities throughout Kakadu, including art site talks, walks, painting and weaving demonstrations and evening slideshows. Download our current list of activities here or contact Bowali Visitor Centre for more information on 08 8938 1120.
Exclusive Ranger-guided activities
It is now possible for private groups to book ranger guided activites for a more personal Kakadu experience. Special Interest or charter group prices start at $100 for a group up to 6 people (adults, children and/or concession) and $15.00 per person thereafter. Contact Bowali Visitor Centre for more information on 08 8938 1106 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experiences we can provide include:
Explore Bowali Visitor Centre
Take a guided tour through Bowali’s Interpretive Centre, learning about Kakadu’s unique landscapes, cultural understandings of country, endemic species, joint management and much more. With advance notice provided, this experience can be tailored to your interests and desired curriculum outcomes.
Time: 1 hour
Slideshow presentation at Bowali Visitor Centre
Various topics are available, including: Ginga (estuarine crocodiles), Kakadu’s Wildlife, Kakadu’s Six Seasons, Buffalo Days, Rangers Behind the Scenes, Rock Art.
Time: 1 hour
Nourlangie art site talks
1.5km guided loop walk, discovering three places of interest along the way
Gun-warddehwardde Lookout – Views of country and culture (different world views are explored)
Anbangbang Gallery – Learning about law, land and family (rock art and landscape features tell stories and serve as reminders about cultural obligations)
Anbangbang Shelter – Jigsaw in time (archaeological site explained)
Time: 1.5 - 2 hours
Guided walk and Visitor Centre tour: Wonders of Kakadu’s world heritage
A guided one way walk down the Bowali walking track (from Jabiru to Bowali Visitor Centre, 2km), ending with a guided tour of the Bowali’s interpretive centre.
Time: 2 hours
Guided walk: Explore an iconic wetland
A guided short walk on the Yellow Water boardwalk, learning about this important habitat, its wildlife and traditional uses of natural resources.
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Guided walk: From billabong to stone country
A guided walk to Anbangbang Billabong, followed by a short but steep ascent to Nawurlandja Lookout, giving views over a landscape studded with stories. This walk explores two very different habitats which are closely linked.
Time: 2 hours
Hunt and gather with a traditional Aboriginal guide, eat traditionally-cooked bush foods beneath the stars, listen to stories about creation ancestors or see rock art through Aboriginal eyes.
Animal Tracks safari
Award winning hands-on aboriginal and wildlife safari. Search for bush foods, learn about bush life and enjoy traditional cooking of bush meats and vegies for a sunset dinner.
Available early June to late September, departing from Cooinda.
Half day tours from 1pm - 8.15pm
More info: animaltracks.com.au
Glide through Kakadu’s dramatic wetlands, meet the local wildlife and learn about the people who call Kakadu home.
Guluyambi boat cruise
An intimate cruise along the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide. Gain an insight into their rich culture, with stories about the creation time, traditional uses of many plants and animals and bush survival skills.
In the monsoon season, Guluyambi operates boat cruises along the swollen Magela Creek - floating through flooded paperbark forests, this tour is the only way to visit Ubirr once floodwaters close the road. This wet-season-only experience is not to be missed, offering you a rare chance to enjoy Ubirr's world famous rock art galleries with barely any other visitors.
More info: kakaduculturaltours.com.au
Yellow Water Cruises
Indigenous owned Yellow Water Cruises, is eco accredited and operates exclusively on Yellow Water Billabong. Departing from Cooinda Lodge Kakadu, they operate year round and provides up to six cruises a day of 90 or 120 minute duration during the dry season. During the tropical summer, 3 yellow water cruises run daily.
More info: www.kakadutourism.com
Nature & Bushwalking tours
Be at one with nature and discover the plentiful wildlife that makes Kakadu National Park their home.
Experience the Wild
Enjoy birdwatching, nature and culture tours. We take small group tours and private charters.
Available from May to October, departing from Darwin. Tours range from three day to eight day itineraries.
More info: www.experiencethewild.com.au
NT Bird Specialists
Small or personalised tours are led by our experienced guides. Offering unique views of wildlife, cultural insights and brilliant photographic opportunities. So what are you waiting for?... Pack your binoculars, camera and hat and come and get an outback education with NT Bird Specialists.
Accredited with ATAP, tours are available year round (peak June-Nov) and depart from Darwin. Tours range from one day to eight day itineraries, or longer on request.
More info: www.ntbirdspecialists.com.au
Our many different treks take you to spectacular places where no 4WD will ever go. Our hikes follow unmarked approved routes through gorges and past waterfalls, visit Aboriginal art sites and camp next to your own private pool at night. Book early for advance purchase discounts of up to 20%.
Available all year ( different trips per season) and departing from Darwin (small sections depart Cooinda or Jabiru). Groups max 12 + guide.
More info: www.bushwalkingholidays.com.au
Immerse yourself in the Kakadu experience and take a camping tour for a different perspective.
Have an epic adventure in the Top End of Australia. Let Sugarbag Safari's expertly guide you on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration through the tropical heart of the Northern Territory.
Eco certified with ATAP, our boutique 5 day tours allow you to savour the best the Top End has to offer. Departing Sunday mornings from Darwin, 5 day tours operate from May to October. Private tours operate all year round. Max 9 people.
More info: www.sugarbagsafaris.com.au
Darwin’s North Australia Barra Fishing
D.N.A. Barra Fishing offer our clients the opportunity to fish some of the most prestigious waterways in the NT – a Kakadu Barramundi is an NT icon, let us help you catch yours!
Tours depart from Darwin with ‘Run Off’ trips from March – May and ‘Dry Season’ trips from June - October. Minimum 2, maximum 8 people.
More info: www.dnabarrafishing.com.au>
Take a 4WD adventure tour to experience the vast landscapes and stunning scenery of Kakadu.
Charter North 4WD Safaris
Discover the hidden secrets of Kakadu & beyond! With over 20 years of guiding experience, our family owned business creates more than just sightseeing tours. Venture beyond the beaten track and learn about our spectacular landscapes, flora, fauna and ancient culture. Charter North offer micro- group 3, 4 and 6 Day as well as extended programs to Kakadu and its surroundings in the dry and green seasons. We also specialise in group and family charters. Our tours depart from Darwin, Katherine or Broome.
More info: www.charternorth.com.au
Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours
Indigenous owned Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tours is eco accredited and offers 4WD all day and half day tours, operating during the dry season. Tropical summer tours are run on demand. The tour has a modern fleet of 4WDs. Tours depart from Cooinda Lodge Kakadu or Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel.
More info: www.kakadutourism.com
Sacred Earth Safaris
Family owned and operated Sacred Earth Safaris offer small group, private 4WD tours through Kakadu during the dry season. Great for families, social clubs or groups as well as special interests, we can include a range of activities and accommodation types. Charters can depart from Darwin, Broome, Kununurra or a location of your choice.
More info: www.sacredearthsafaris.com.au
Top End Explorer Tours
Based in Kakadu, Top End Explorer Tours offer small-group 4WD day tours to some of the park’s spectacular stone country destinations, including Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls and Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge). These full day tours operate in the dry season and depart from Cooinda and Jabiru.
More info: www.kakadutours.net.au
Venture North Safaris
Get off the beaten track and see more than just the highlights! Venture North is family owned business offering high-end, micro-group safaris with a difference.
Travel into restricted regions of Kakadu including Koolpin Gorge and Moline Rockhole or venture further afield into Aboriginal Arnhem Land for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
More info: www.venturenorth.com.au