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Kakadu & Surrounds

Map showing the Kakadu and Surrounds region in the NT

Cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and exotic bird life. Kakadu National Park will change how you see the world. Experience the magic of this ancient land which is only a few hours from Darwin.

There's plenty to do in Kakadu. With a World Heritage-listed national park as your playground, the options are endless, and so are the views. Walk through a pristine wilderness brimming with wildlife or take a river cruise and spot the world's largest reptile.

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Maguk Gorge, a secluded swimming spot which appears through a rocky gorge, seems too beautiful to be true. An hour or so south of Cooinda Lodge, Maguk Gorge requires a four-wheel drive to access, but once you're there it's just a one-kilometre walk to crystal clear pools and ancient rocky outcrops. As with much of #Kakadu National Park, if you visit from November to March, make sure you check with local authorities to see what's open. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @amani_hawa! #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #TourismTopEnd

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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is a haven for wildlife, particularly a wide variety of birds. There are a handful of different walks to choose from, all of which allow you to really explore the wetland area... without getting your feet wet! Wander along the easy paths through shady forests of paperbark and stop at the various lookouts and viewing platforms for stunning views across the floodplains. The reserve is only a 45 minute drive from #Darwin and a great stop on the way to #Kakadu National Park.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mellisa_hutton! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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"Another day, another private pool..." That's just how we roll in the NT, hey @goldykilner! You might have gone for a dip in a natural waterhole before, but we bet you've never seen a view quite like this 🙌 #Kakadu National Park's Gunlom Plunge Pool overlooks the stunning southern hills and ridges of the park and is made up of a series of clear pools. While the climb to the top is relatively steep, we promise it's well worth your while! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Josh. #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu

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A beach in the middle of the outback, who would of thought?! Jim Jim Falls might be best known for its waterfall and deep plunge pool, but its the white sandy 'beach' area that's often the most popular for a swim. This iconic #Kakadu destination features a 2 kilometre return walk through monsoon forest and over boulders - you'll be struck by the enormity of the surrounding cliffs when you arrive!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jas_974 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Gunlom Plunge Pool is one of the many magical places in #Kakadu, where gorgeous plunge pools combine with spectacular views to create one of the park’s most stunning vistas. While Gunlom is beautiful at any time of the day, @elisecook recently witnessed an especially pretty #sunset from the infinity pool at the top of the falls. While the 1 kilometre hike up the cliff path is a bit of a challenge, with views like this it's well worth the effort! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise. #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu #TourismTopEnd

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Looking for a new adventure that'll see you exploring World-Heritage listed monsoon forest, towering stone escarpments and inviting plunge pools? Jim Jim Falls in #Kakadu National Park has got you sorted! This well known part of the park, famous for its astonishing cliffs and thundering waterfalls, can be reached by a 2 kilometre return walking trail. While the track is graded as moderately difficult and involves scrambling over large boulders in some parts, you're rewarded with a deep plunge pool and family-friendly beach pool when you get there, all surrounded by dramatic 200 metre cliffs. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @auscheftraveler! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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#Kakadu National Park's Maguk Gorge is special for many reasons... just ask @powershala who recently ventured up to its lesser known top pools! An hour south of Cooinda Lodge, Maguk requires a four-wheel drive to access, but once you're there it's just a one-kilometre walk to the main waterfall set in an immense stone amphitheatre. If you're a keen adventurer, you can choose not to cross the river along the main trail and remain on the left bank to climb above the falls where you'll find these magnificent smaller plunge pools with incredible views 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Max and Faye! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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Watching sunset should be a mandatory activity in #Kakadu National Park - they're way too good to miss, hey @turquoiselane_shop! There are a number of well known places within the park to watch the daily afternoon show, however Nawurlandja Lookout has to be one of our favourites 👉 after a short clamber up a steep rock slope you'll have world-class views across Anbangbang Billabong to Nourlangie Rock (Burrungkuy) and the #ArnhemLand escarpment. This peaceful spot is great for sitting back and taking in the changing colours at the end of the day or watching dramatic storms roll in during the tropical summer. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Suzie! #SeeAustralia #DoKakadu #SeeKakadu

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"Swamps, sunsets and salties!" @bradleuephotography perfectly sums up some of our favourite parts of @KakaduTourism's Yellow Water Cruise 🙌 Operating year round, the tour will take you on a journey through the region's wetlands where you'll discover an abundance of wildlife, dramatic scenery and an ever-changing landscape. This week @TripAdvisor rated the billabong boat cruise and #Kakadu National Park as the MOST popular travel experience in @Australia... with scenes like this, it's not hard to see why!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Brad 👍 #SeeAustralia #DoKakadu

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