Itinerary For Your Trip To Kakadu

Day 1

On drive out to Kakadu, you may like to stop in a look at Window on the Wetlands, near the Adelaide River.

Also on the drive out you may like to do a boat cruise at the Corroboree Wetlands ( or the Jumping Crocodile Cruise on Adelaide River (

Day 2

Head to Bowali Visitor Centre. Get park passes and look around centre. (5 min drive).

Drive out to East Alligator River area. (30 min drive)

Watch the high tide come in at Cahills Crossing (times vary). Crocodiles will sit and wait for the tide to bring fish in with it. You can check the times at reception to work out the best time to see the crocs and also do the boat cruise.

Cruise on the river with Kakadu Cultural Tours ( (1hr 45mins cruise). Tours start at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Have lunch at the Border Store.

Head to Ubirr Rock to see the ancient rock paintings. In the dry season Kakadu Rangers provide informative talks here. (Start at 4:30)

Watch the sunset from the top of the rock at Ubirr.

Drive to Jabiru (30 min drive)

Day 3

Take a full day tour to explore Arnhemland, one of Australia’s last frontiers. Journey across the famous Cahills Crossing on the East Alligator River. See ancient rock paintings and experience the stunning scenery.

Full day tour to Arnhemland with Top End Day Tours ( (8:30 to 4:30 approx) or Kakadu Cultural Tours ( (8am to 4:30 approx)

Day 4

Drive to Nourlangie Rock to look at the Rock Art. Nourlangie features a 1.5km walk that takes you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. In the dry season Kakadu Rangers provide informative talks. (30 min drive)

Drive to Cooinda. Have lunch at Cooinda Lodge. (30 min drive)

See Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The centre’s large display provides detailed information about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu.

Take a boat cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong with Kakadu Tourism. The Yellow water billabong is part of the South Alligator River floodplain. It is full of beautiful birdlife and dangerous crocodiles. Kakadu Tourism runs multiple cruises throughout the day. A 4:30 Yellow Waters boat cruise is a great time, which in dry season allows you to see the sunset at the end of the cruise. (2 hour cruise)

Drive back to Jabiru. (45 mins)

Day 5

Enjoy a full day tour with the Spirit of Kakadu Adventure Tour or the Footprints of Kakadu Tour.

Depending on access, The Spirit of Kakadu Tour will take you to Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk Gorge, Motorcar Falls or Gubara Rock Pools. It is a full day tour from 6:30am to 6:30pm. Bookings are done through (

The Footprints of Kakadu Tour will take you to the southern end of Kakadu. Explore the world famous Gunlom Falls and the stunning Ikoymarrwa Rock Pool. The tour finishes with drinks and canapes at a private billabong. It is a full day tour from 6:30am to 6:30pm. Bookings are done through (

All tours can also be booked through Kakadu Lodge reception.

Photo credit : Tourism NT/Matt Cherubino – Yellow Water Boat Cruise