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    Posted by Jason Hall March 12, 2015 - 1,044 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #australia  #kakadu national park  #kakadu 

    Jim Jim Falls Photo Credit: WikiTravel

     

    To say that Kakadu provides a unique holiday adventure would be an understatement. It’s hard not to fall in love with the unique landscapes of Australia’s largest national park. Kakadu National Park covers over 19,000 square kilometres and is the size of a small country located at the Top End of the Northern Territory. Because it is such a remote and wild location, planning your trip ahead of time is strongly advised and it will ensure that you can make the most out of your stay.

     

    Seasons of Kakadu

    Gudjewg | Monsoon Season | December to March | 24°C – 34°C | Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

     

     

    Banggerreng | Knock ‘em down storm season | April | 243°C – 34°C | Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

     

    Yegge | Cooler but still humid season | May to mid-June | 21°C – 33°C | Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

     

    Wurrgeng | Cold Weather Season | mid-June to mid-August | 17°C – 32°C | Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

     

    Gurrung | Hot Dry Weather | mid-August to mid-October | 23°C – 37°C | Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

     

    Gunumeleng| Pre-Monsoon Season | mid-October to December | 24°C – 37°C | Photo Credit: ParksAustralia.gov.au

     

    The aboriginal land owners recognise 6 seasons in Kakadu. The seasonal changes are brought on by subtle changes in the weather and determined by the different plants and flowers that bloom at that time of the year. However, for most tourists, there are only two seasons in Kakadu: the wet season from November to April and the dry season from May to October. The park is open year round and you can visit anytime; however, the wet season brings on dramatic flooding which causes some roads and attractions to close. The dry season is the more popular time of year for tourists.

     

    Things to do in the Seven Regions of Kakadu National Park

     

    There are seven regions or areas in Kakadu. Depending on the season, some areas might be closed during the wet season. You can check online on the ParksAustral.gov.au website or the official Kakadu website run by the indigenous people  to see which areas are open and even book tours for different regions. During a visit to Kakadu, you can see several different regions. Some examples of things to do include: book a walking tour in some areas, take an aerial tour in Jabiru, a cruise in the Yellow Water Region, take in an Aboriginal Art talk in the East Alligator Region, take a 4WD trip to the Jim Jim Falls Region (in the dry season only). There are walking tours available in almost every region, depending on the season because some walking tours are restricted and impassable during the wet season. Here is a list of all 7 regions in Kakadu:

    1.     South Alligator Region

     

    South Alligator Area Photo Credit: Outback-Australia-Travel-Secrets.com

     

    The Mamukala wetlands are the most popular attraction in this area. They are usually open all year round. In September and October the birds gather here at the end of the dry season. The South Alligator Region also has the Gu-ngarre walk, the Aurora Kakadu Resort, Anggardbaol billabong, and a South Alligator picnic area.

     

    2.     Jabiru Region

     

    Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru Photo Credit: KakaduNationalParkAustralia.com

     

    Jabiru is the central town located in Kakadu. There you can hire aerial tours, the Jabiru East Airport, and other services like a supermarket, post office, bank, and chemist in addition to the Bowali Visitor Centre, which is where you can get a great deal of information about tours, accommodations, closures, safety details, etc.

     

    3.     East Alligator Region

     

    East Alligator Region Photo Credit: Outback-Australia-Travel-Secrets.com

     

    Access to the East Alligator Region is located about 40 km away from the other areas of the park. It is on the border between Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, the largest Aboriginal reservation in Australia. A permit or tour guide is required to enter the Arnhem Land and is definitely worth a side trip. As for the East Alligator Area of Kakadu, don’t miss the free art talks where you can learn a great deal about Aboriginal art and culture. See Ubirr rock and take the 1 km walk around this most interesting Aboriginal rock art site; it is one of the main attractions of this area. While in this area also check out cruises on the East Alligator River, Magela Creek, Bardedjilidji walk, and the three circular rainforest walks in Manngarre. Check openings for all attractions in the East Alligator River during the wet season.

     

    4.     Nourlangie Region

     

    Nourlangie Region Photo Credit: Outback-Australia-Travel-Secrets.com

    The Nourlangie Region has some amazing Aboriginal art sites that you can explore along the 1.5 km circular walk. Adventurers can take a short climb to view the Gunwarrddehwardde Lookout over the Kakadu escarpment. Have a picnic at the Anbangbang Billabong or see the sites on one of the many different walks in this area.

     

    5.     Jim Jim Falls Region

     

    Jim Jim Falls Region Photo Credit: Outback-Australia-Travel-Secrets.com

     

    The centerpiece of the Jim Jim Falls Region, and probably all of Kakadu is the majestic and spectacular Jim Jim Falls. However, the catch is that the only way to see the falls is via an aerial tour during the wet season. The other waterfall in the region, Twin Falls is flowing during the dry season and accessible at that time only by boat and then a walk over boulders, through sand, and over a boardwalk. Once there, in addition to magnificent views of Twin Falls, you can access the plateau above Twin Falls by taking a steep 6 km return walk. The pretty views are worth the effort it takes. From there another 1 km return walk will bring you to the Jim Jim Creek picnic area and Budjmi Lookout with views over the escarpment cliffs.

     

    6.     Yellow Water Region

     

    Yellow Water Region Photo Credit: Outback-Australia-Travel-Secrets.com

     

    The most popular thing to see in the Yellow Water Region is the Yellow Water Wetlands. You can hire a boat cruise year round and see Kakadu’s wildlife close up including the infamous saltwater crocodiles and the huge variety of birds that live or migrate here. Other things to see in the Yellow Water Area include the Gagudju Lodge Cooinda store, where you can buy fuel, food, and souvenirs. You can also book tours at the store. Also be sure to visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about Aboriginal culture.

     

    7.     Mary River Region

     

    Mary River Region Photo Credit: Outback-Australia-Travel-Secrets.com

     

    This area is the southernmost of all the regions in Kakadu and is also the least visited area despite easy road access. There is the Mary River Roadhouse there which offers accommodations, fuel, and serves meals. There are quite a few different walks in this region so that you can explore the beauty of the different habitats here. Gunlom Falls and Maguk walking track are two of the no-to-be-missed spots in this region.

     

     

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