Walks

There's something different to discover in each of Kakadu's seven regions.

Explore one region at a time, to cut down your travel time (it can take several hours to drive from one area to another).

Some walks are flooded during the monsoon season - check our advice on when to see each walk. Some seasons are wetter than others, so the exact opening dates will change from year to year.

Remember our important safety tips for walking in Kakadu.

  • Walks in the East Alligator region

    Climb to Ubirr for breathtaking views, or explore lush rainforest. Step back in time amidst towering sandstone pillars and ancient rock art. See it: April/May to November/ December

    Ubirr
    Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk
    Manngarre Rainforest Walk
    Sandstone and River Walk

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    • Ubirr

      This rocky lookout feels like the top of the world. A circular track takes you past several Aboriginal rock art sites. Take the moderately steep climb to the lookout for panoramic views, particularly beautiful at sunset.

      1 km loop | At least 1 hour

      See it: April to December

      Download the park note (PDF - 1.13 MB)

      About Ubirr's rock art

    • Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk

      One of Kakadu's most interesting short walks, through towering sandstone pillars and vine forest. Starts at a small carpark 500 m from the upstream boat ramp.

      2.5 km | 2 hours

      See it: May to December

      Download the park note (PDF - 563 KB)

    • Manngarre Rainforest Walk

      Three circular walks through monsoon rainforest beside the East Alligator River.

      600 m - 1.5 km loops | Up to 1 hour

      See it: May to December

    • Sandstone and River Walk

      A long circular walk past a creek, floodplains, billabongs, sandstone pillars and the East Alligator River. Starts off the Bardedjilidji walk.

      6.5 km loop | 4 hours

      See it: June to november

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  • Walks in the South Alligator region

    Discover birds galore on this region's billabong walks and explore the iconic Mamukala Wetlands. See it: May/July to December

    Mamukala Wetlands
    Gungarre Walk

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    • Mamukala Wetlands

      Marvel at the birdlife from an observation platform or a walk beside the wetlands. A mural shows the changing mix of birds in each season.

      3 km wetlands walk | 1-2 hours

      See it: May to December

    • Gungarre Walk

      An easy circular walk through monsoon forest, woodlands and along a billabong. It starts at the large banyan fig tree near the Aurora Kakadu Resort.

      3.6 km loop | 2 hours

      See it: July to December

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  • Walks in the Jabiru region

    Explore the short woodland and billabong walks around Jabiru.

    Jabiru to Bowali Track - See it all year
    Illigadjarr Walk - See it July to November

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    • Jabiru to Bowali Track

      Starts opposite the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru. A rammed earth path winds through woodlands to the Bowali Visitor Centre.

      4 km return | 1-1.5 hours return

      See it: All year round

    • Illigadjarr Walk

      Circular walk across a small grassy floodplain and along a billabong. Starts at the Malabanjbanjdju or Burdulba Camping Areas.

      3.8 km loop | 2 hours

      See it: July to November

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  • Walks in the Nourlangie region

    Explore the majestic views and rock art galleries of Nourlangie Rock, or pause for a picnic at a nearby billabong. See it all year, with the exceptions below.

    Nourlangie Rock
    Anbangbang Billabong - July to November
    Nanguluwurr Rock Art Walk
    Nawurlandja Lookout Walk
    Bubba Wetlands Walk - August to November
    Mirrai Lookout Walk
    Gubara Pools Walk
    Barrk Sandstone Bushwalk - January to October

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    • Nourlangie Rock

      Learn ancient stories on a circular walk past stunning rock art sites and an early Aboriginal shelter. Take the moderately steep climb to Gun-warddehwardde Lookout for impressive views of Kakadu's escarpment.

      1.5 km loop | 1.5 hours

      See it: All year round, 8:00 am until sunset

      Download the park note (PDF - 534 KB)

      About Nourlangie's rock art

    • Anbangbang Billabong

      Circular walk with Nourlangie forming an impressive backdrop, this is one of Kakadu's most attractive billabongs, full of birdlife.

      2.5 km loop | 1 hour

      See it: July to November

      Download the park note (PDF - 465 KB)

    • Nanguluwurr Rock Art Walk

      Walk through woodlands to a quiet Aboriginal rock art site.

      3.4 km return | 2 hours

      See it: All year round

    • Nawurlandja Lookout Walk

      Climb up a moderately steep slope for views of the escarpment, Nourlangie and Anbangbang Billabong. A great spot for sunset.

      600 m return | 40 minutes

      See it: All year round

    • Bubba Wetlands Walk

      Explore billabongs and swamps dotted with lilies and fringed with paperbarks and freshwater mangroves. The walk starts at the Muirella Park camping area.

      4 km loop | 2 hours

      See it: August to November

      Download the park note (PDF - 548 KB)

    • Mirrai Lookout Walk

      A moderately difficult walk to a platform lookout on top of Mount Cahill. A steep climb.

      2 km return | 1.5 hours

      See it: All year round

    • Gubara Pools Walk

      A long walk past sandstone cliffs to shady monsoon forest pools. A pleasant place to spend the heat of the day.

      6 km return | 4 hours

      See it: All year round

    • Barrk Sandstone Bushwalk

      Branching off the Nourlangie lookout track, just past the main gallery, this is a long and difficult walk through the sandstone country of Nourlangie. It takes you past the Nanguluwur art gallery and back to the Nourlangie car park. Carry plenty of water, wear sturdy shoes and start the walk early to avoid the heat of the day.

      12 km | 6 hours

      See it: January to October

      Download the park note (PDF - 659 KB)

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  • Walks in the Yellow Water region

    Discover a riot of colourful birdlife at Yellow Water wetlands, or explore the nearby billabongs and lookouts. These walks are closed during summer flooding. Please check access with the Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1120 or the Kakadu road report which is updated daily. See it June/July to November

    Yellow Water Wetland
    Mardugal Billabong Walk
    Gungardun Walk - See it: April to January

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    • Yellow Water Wetland

      Watch wetland life unfold from the Yellow Water boardwalk or take the award winning Yellow Water boat cruise which operates throughout the year. When the waters recede after the monsoon season, you can walk across the floodplains to a viewing platform on Home Billabong.

      2.6 km walk to Home Billabong | 1.5 hours

      See it: From a boat cruise all year round. Boardwalk and billabong walk accessible July to November.

    • Mardugal Billabong Walk

      A short walk following the edge of a billabong.

      1 km | 30 minutes

      See it: June to November

    • Gungardun Walk

      A circular walk through woodlands, Kakadu's most widespread habitat. It starts near the entrance of the Mardugal Camping Area.

      2 km | 1 hour

      See it: April to January

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  • Walks in the Jim Jim and Twin Falls region

    Explore hidden gorges and mirror-like pools in Kakadu's waterfall region. See its roaring falls from the air during the tropical summer, or explore on foot during the dry months when the falls slow to a peaceful trickle. See it June to October / November, 4WD only

    Jim Jim Plunge Pool Walk
    Barrk Marlam Bushwalk
    Twin Falls Gorge
    Twin Falls Plateau Walk
    Budjmi Lookout

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    Download the park note (PDF - 744 KB)

    • Jim Jim Plunge Pool Walk

      Walk through monsoon forest and climb over boulders to a deep plunge pool surrounded by spectacular 150 m high cliffs. During the dry season the waterfall stops flowing.

      2 km return | 1-2 hours

      See it: June to November, 4WD only

      4WD advice: Turn east off the Kakadu Highway 43 km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre. Engage 4WD, travel 60 km. Allow two hours one-way. Please note speed limits and drive safely. The last 10 km of track includes areas of soft sand.

    • Barrk Marlam Bushwalk

      A very steep, long and difficult walk through the rugged stone country typical of the Arnhem Land Plateau. It branches off the Jim Jim Falls Plunge Pool track. Carry plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes.

      6 km return | 4-6 hours

      See it: June to October, 4WD only

    • Twin Falls Gorge

      Board the boat shuttle to Twin Falls, then tackle a walking track over boulders and sand to get to the boardwalk. Tickets for the boat shuttle can be purchased at the Bowali Visitor Centre, Twin Falls or commercial outlets ($12.50 per adult, children under 16 are free). During the dry season the waterfall slows to a trickle.

      Allow 2 hours to explore

      See it: June to November, high clearance 4WD with snorkel

      4WD advice: From Garnamarr travel 8 km towards Jim Jim Falls, turn right and travel a further 10 km to Twin Falls. Engage 4WD. The last section involves a deep water crossing at Jim Jim Creek. Allow half an hour from Jim Jim Falls, one way. Please note speed limits and drive safely.

    • Twin Falls Plateau Walk

      A long and steep walk to the plateau, with good views and pools along Twin Falls Creek above the falls. Carry plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes.

      6 km return | 4-6 hours

      See it: June to October, high clearance 4WD with snorkel

    • Budjmi Lookout

      A moderately steep, short walk to the top of a rocky outcrop, with great views of the escarpment cliffs.

      1 km return | 45 miutes

      See it: June to November, high clearance 4WD with snorkel

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  • Walks in the Mary River region

    This area offers spectacular bushwalks, with powerful waterfalls in the wet and sparkling waterholes in the dry.

    Gunlom Falls - See it May to November
    Maguk - See it July to November
    Yurmikmik Walks - See it April to January
    Gimbat picnic area - See it: July to November, 4WD only
    Gungural Lookout - See it: All year round
    Bukbukluk Lookout - See it: All year round
    Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) -See it: July to November, 4WD only

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    • Gunlom Falls

      A popular camping area near a clear plunge pool and waterfall, at the end of a gravel road. An easy walk to a billabong and river, or try the steep climb to the top of the waterfall.

      To top of falls: 2 km return | 1.5 hours

      Billabong Walk: 2.5 km return | 1 hour

      See it: May to November

      Download the park note (PDF - 1.04 MB)

      Watch the video for a taste of this experience.

    • Maguk

      Walk through monsoon forest and along a sandy and rocky creek to a small waterfall and clear plunge pool.

      2 km | 1-2 hours | Gravel road, 4WD recommended

      See it: July to November

    • Yurmikmik Walks

      A series of interconnected walking tracks to a lookout, creeks and small waterfalls. A wonderful tropical summer experience. Gravel road.

      Boulder Creek Walk | 2 km return | 45 minutes

      Yurmikmik Lookout Walk | 5 km return | 2 hours

      Motor Car Falls | 7.5 km return | 4 hours

      Kurundie Creek Walk | 11 km return | 7 hours | You'll need a permit

      See it: April to January

      Download the park note (PDF - 394 KB)

    • Gimbat picnic area

      A shady picnic area situated near Guratba (Coronation Hill) and the South Alligator River.

      See it: July to November, 4WD only

    • Gungural Lookout

      A picnic area accessible all year. Walk to a branch of the South Alligator River and up a moderate climb to a lookout with views over the valley. The area has toilet facilities and can be reached by 2WD vehicles, caravans, campervans and coaches.

      4 km return | 2-3 hours

      See it: All year round

    • Bukbukluk Lookout

      This lookout is named for the pheasant coucal, called Bukbuk by traditional owners. You'll find picnic tables and a short walk to a lookout with expansive views.

      400 m loop | 15 minutes

      See it: All year round

    • Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge)

      A special bushwalking area that is particularly fragile. Bush camping beside Koolpin Creek. Follow the creek upstream to plunge pools and waterfalls.

      See it: July to November, 4WD only. You will need a permit.

      Download the park note (PDF - 704 KB)

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