Explore the cultural wonder of a World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory, by taking a journey onboard our Kakadu day trip from darwin. Home to some of the oldest and best-preserved indigenous rock art galleries in the world. In line with both Government and Industry standards, Wildlife Tours implement COVID-19 protocols to ensure passenger safety on our Kakadu tours.
Kakadu Day Trip Reviews
“We had a great tour guide Lizzie, the weather was perfect, scenery spectacular and photography opportunities fantastic. Good amount of hiking involved which we enjoyed.” – Rita Illinois, USA.
Kakadu Day Trip Highlights
Kakadu National Park
Aboriginal Ubirr Rock Art
Croc Spotting at Cahills Crossing
Jabiru Visitor Centre & Art Gallery
Fogg Dam Conservation Centre
Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise
*This Kakadu National Park itinerary is interchangeable during seasonal weather fluctuations and during park closures due to traditional land owner ceremonies.
Kakadu Day Trip From Darwin
Jump onboard a Kakadu day trip from Darwin as we travel together 240 kilometres north through rich floodplains towards one of the four World Heritage-listed sites located in Australia and uncover the unique and breathtaking natural splendour that has earned Kakaduit’s world-famous reputation. With over 20,000 square km of diverse terrain encompassing wetlands, ancient woodlands, stunning age-old rock formations and sacred indigenous rock art sites, this is Australia’s largest terrestrial national park.
1 Day Kakadu Tour visits Adelaide River
The first stop on our Kakadu day tours from Darwin is on the Adelaide River whereyou can see bull sharks, white-bellied sea eagles, some of the largest flying foxes in the world and of course, the Northern Territory’s most notorious reptile, the saltwater crocodile. Known for its high concentration of crocs, here you’ll have the choice to join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise (optional) and experience an up-close encounter with these wild apex predators or simply enjoy the stunning sight of the 238-kilometre long Adelaide River on its own.
Visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre
We then head over to the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve where you can immerse yourself in the wetlands on the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people. The reserve is one of the very few wetland systems that are accessible all year round and ishome to the largest populations of snakes within Australia (including the Water Python and Death Adder) and hosts an abundance of diverse native wildlife including fascinating rare local and migratory birds, turtles and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Choose from one of the many different walking trails where you can explore the bird protection heritage site and enjoy taking a stroll through this wildlife haven.
1 Day Kakadu Tour visits Bowali Visitor Centre
Our Kakadu day tours then lead us over to the Bowali Visitor Centre where you can soak up the displays, information and presentations from the centre’s experts about Kakadu animals, plants and landscapes before exploring the park.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the rich indigenous culture, art and history of this special place and read up on the fascinating stories and kinship laws of the traditional custodians. If you have any burning questions you want to ask about the region during our Kakadu National Park tours the staff at the visitor centre are the best people to ask.
Visit Cahills Crossing
Our Kakadu tours then take us on a journey to the infamous Cahills Crossing, the only road access point between Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park AND one of the most dangerous bodies of water in the country!
Tides can rise over six metres high during the wet season and floodwaters can quickly transform a mild flowing stream into a powerful raging river.
The crocodile population is so dense here, it’s estimated there are about 10,000 saltwater crocs in the park but there are several viewing and feeding platforms where you can safely spot these enormous reptiles at a distance.
Ubirr Kakadu Rock Art
Discover the hidden secrets of the world heritage listed sacred site, Ubirr, where you can experience stunning views over the spectacular Nadab floodplains and appreciate some of the oldest and best-preserved indigenous rock art paintings in the world, some dating back over 20,000 years.
Considered to be one of the longest historical records of any group of people on earth, the artworks document the ancient spiritual relationship and human connection the Bininj/Mungguy share with the land and environment and provide a fascinating insight into indigenous life and culture of thousands of years.
Kakadu National Park
There’s so much to experience in our 1 day Kakadu tours. Bursting with native wildlife, Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species and a fifth of its mammal species. There is literally nowhere else on the planet where you can experience the abundance of natural ecosystems and biological diversity quite like Kakadu. Our final stop for the day allows you to explore the park. There’s over 30 established walking trails, ranging from easy to intense, for you to wander through. You can take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear Gunlom Plunge Pool, made famous by the classic Aussie film, ‘Crocodile Dundee,’ or dive into Maguk (also known as Barramundi Gorge) if you want a more secluded swimming hole.
After a long day of memory-making and adventures, our Kakadu tours from Darwin return you safely back to the city where we began.
Kakadu Day Trip Returns To Darwin
After a wonderful day on board this 1 Day Kakadu Tour, we make our way back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 7:30pm. If you did not opt for the Jumping Crocodile Cruise but have time to do so in Darwin why not book this in with Wildlife Tours. If you have yet to explore Litchfield National Park Wildlife Tours also offers 1 day Litchfield National Park Tours from Darwin. We hope you have had a wonderful time on your Kakadu day trip from Darwin.
What you need to bring?
1L Refillable water bottle
Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen
Comfortable hiking shoes
All weather clothing
Money for food & beverages
Kakadu National Park Pass included
Australia wildlife sightings
Aboriginal rock art
Experienced outback driver guide
Informative tour commentary
Inner city pickup & drop off service
1 Day Kakadu Wildlife Rock Art Tour: $225 Adult (13+ yo), $150 *Child (6 to 12)
1 Day Kakadu Wildlife Rock Art Tour + Crocodile Cruise: $265 Adult (13+ yo), $190 *Child (6 to 12)
*Child policy is 6 years old and over, this tour is not suitable for children 5 years old and under.
Kakadu Day Tour Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ’s we get asked about our Kakadu Day Trip from Darwin.
How far is Kakadu from Darwin?
Departing from Darwin CBD we travel 240 kilometers along the Arnhem Highway for approximately 1 hour 40 mins through bountiful floodplains to arrive at Kakadu National Park.
Can you do a day trip from Darwin to Kakadu
Yes, we have designed a 1 day tour suitable for all ages to see the wonderful highlights of Kakadu National Park. Our Kakadu tours from Darwin depart at 7:30am and return at 7:30pm.
Are Kakadu 1 day tours from Darwin COVID-19 safe?
Health and safety is our top priority, not only for our travellers, but for our crew, staff and suppliers, so that we can all travel with confidence. Our team has been working tirelessly to implement enhanced procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so that you can travel in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. In line with both Government and Industry standards, GLT will implement COVID-19 protocols to promote the risk reduction approach and ensure that your health and wellbeing is at the forefront of your experience with GLT.
Our Safe Travel Statement sets out the necessary steps we have implemented to enhance procedures and adhere to Safe business practices. These safety guidelines are in alignment with recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Australian Government, Health and Safety Authorities, Tourism and Transport Industry Advisory Bodies and approved by the World Travel & Tourism Council’ s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators.
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Jul 5, 2021
by Roger on Wildlife Tours
Great Private Tour
We booked a Kakadu day trip from Darwin as a private tour for our family and we had a marvellous time. Highly recommend this tour and would like to give a special mention to our tour guide Lizzie thank you so much.
1 Day Kakadu Tour Pick Up Locations
07:25am – Mindil Beach Casino Resort – Casino Dr The Gardens Darwin
07:30am – Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St Darwin City
07:32am – The Cavenagh Hotel – 12 Cavenagh St Darwin City
07:32am – Mantra Pandanas Darwin – 43 Knuckey St Darwin City
07:34am – Hilton Darwin – 32 Mitchell St Darwin City
07:35am – Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone – 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
07:37am – H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment – 105 Mitchell St Darwin City
07:38am – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade – 116 Esplanade Darwin City
07:39am – Novotel Darwin CBD – 100 Esplanade Darwin City
07:40am – Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin – 88 Esplanade Darwin City
07:45am – Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront – 7 Kitchener Dr Darwin City
08:05am – Discovery Parks – 11 Farrell Crescent entrance Winnellie
08:10am – Darwin FreeSpirit Resort – 901 Stuart Hwy Deviney Rd Holtze