When to come

No matter what time of year you visit Kakadu, there is always something to see and do.

The dry season runs from May to October each year. This is the most popular time to visit, with most of our visitor sites open. Join our rangers for free guided walks and talks. It’s wise to book your accommodation in advance, as the hotels get busy at this time of year.

The wet season runs from November to April. It brings vivid green landscapes, spectacular flooding, electrifying afternoon storms and the chance to explore with fewer visitors. Flooding closes a number of attractions, but popular areas such as Nourlangie and Yellow Water are open all year round. Board a scenic flight to see thundering waterfalls in full flow, when ground access is closed by flooding.

Want some inspiration? Check out our suggested dry and wet season itineraries.

Curious about our seasons? Kakadu’s Aboriginal owners recognise six seasons, signposted by subtle changes in weather, which plants are in flower, and which bush foods are abundant.