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Kakadu and Katherine National Park Holidays

Kakadu National Park holidays take place in Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s the largest nature reserve and one of only 19 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. Stretching for thousands of miles and encompassing lush wetlands, sandstone caves and meandering creeks, you’ll find plenty to be explored. 

Kakadu National Park borders the equally beautiful Katherine National Park, which is also known as Nitmiluk National Park). The park is famed for its dramatic gorges, tumbling waterfalls and namesake Katherine River. 

Both parks boast incredible biodiversity, and Kakadu holidays allow you to witness thousands of saltwater crocodiles in the rivers and billabongs, as well as endangered flatback turtles along the park’s coastline. 

Kakadu and Katherine National Park holidays open up opportunities for experiencing local Aboriginal culture. Take a trip to a rock art site like Burrunkuy to admire etchings that archaeologists believe date back millennia. Alternatively, why not get to grips with the region’s traditional cuisine during a bush tucker tour through the rainforest?

Embark on an adventure with Kakadu holidays

Whether you’re booking a family holiday or you’re a solo traveller seeking an adventure, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities in Kakadu National Park. Discover various walking trails, from short easy strolls to five day hikes, which take you right into the heart of Kakadu. 

Clamber up gorges, swim in natural rock pools or take a boat trip along the Yellow Water Billabong to spot crocodiles in their natural habitat. Whether you want an active trip or would prefer a more relaxing getaway, our Destination Specialists will create a bespoke tour that allows you to make the most of this untouched paradise. 

 

Destination Highlights
  • Swim in a natural plunge pool or trek to a cascading waterfall like Maguk Gorge or Jim Jim Falls
  • Set out on a hike through stunning landscapes – from wetlands to craggy sandstones gorges
  • Soak up some extraordinary ancient Aboriginal rock art at Burrunguy or Anbangbang in Kakadu National Park
  • Glimpse glorious flora and fauna, including crocodiles and over one third of Australia’s bird species, on walks around Kakadu
  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    “If you’re keen to see an array of wildlife, including native crocodiles, make sure you take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong”

  • Charlie, Destination Manager

    Charlie

    Destination Manager

    “Walk the five day 36 mile Jatbula Trail in Katherine, which passes waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, stone country and Aboriginal rock art sites. The trail starts at the visitor’s centre and ends at Leliyn (Edith Falls) – an idyllic camping spot near waterholes, which are perfect for a rejuvenating swim”.

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Kakadu holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Mahbilil Festival

    One of the biggest events on Kakadu’s calendar, the Mahbilil Festival combines Aboriginal art and performances with delicious bush tucker foodie experiences and family-friendly workshops. The festival is typically held in August or September in Jabiru. Its programme aims to merge ancient Aboriginal traditions with the region’s more contemporary culture.

  • Kakadu Bird Week

    As the home of over a quarter of Australia’s birdlife, it’s unsurprising that Kakadu National Park has a week dedicated to these high flying creatures. Taking place in September, the line up of Kakadu Bird Week  is packed with free bird-watching excursions and fascinating talks from experts. There are also plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with various colourful birds.

  • Taste of Kakadu

    Taste of Kakadu is one of the top Aboriginal food festivals in the country. It takes place at the start of the dry season and explores the area’s thousands of years of culinary traditions with bush tucker tours, cook-outs, and masterclasses.

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Kakadu holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

  • Bush tucker

    Bush tucker  is the native Aboriginal cuisine, which typically consists of foraged fruit, nuts, seeds and grubs, as well as meats like crocodile, kangaroo or emu. You’ll discover bush tucker options in Kakadu’s more traditional local restaurants, or you can get a more hands-on eating experience during a unique food and foraging tour in the bush.

  • Buffalo

    Buffalo meat is a specialty in the region thanks to the fertile turf, which is ideal for grazing these magnificent beasts. Sample some of the rich red meat on a local farm tour, or in selected eateries across the national parks.

  • Magpie goose

    The large water birds magpie goose are a common site in Kakadu and have been eaten by the wetland communities for centuries. If you’re booking Kakadu holiday packages at the end of the year (September to December), you may spot villagers hunting magpie goose or even get the chance to taste the meat on an Aboriginal food tour. 

  • Barramundi

    The Northern Territory is world-renowned for its barramundi, a saltwater fish similar to halibut that is caught along the coastlines and served up in most restaurants. You’ll find it on many menus during your Kakadu holiday, including at the seasonally open Wetlands Restaurant in South Alligator.