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.
Great sample itineraries
Why not extend your Kakadu and Katherine National Parks holiday with a multi-centre trip around Australia’s Northern Territory? You can explore exciting cities and towns like Darwin and Alice Springs. Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries.
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“If you’re keen to see an array of wildlife, including native crocodiles, make sure you take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong”
“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.
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.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Kakadu holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
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 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.
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.
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.
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