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1. Posted by khiebert20 (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

Hey, Im in Australia right now. Just thought maybe someone could help me out real quick.
I would like to head to Kakadu national park and just hike it.
is that possible. there is a map online but its mostly 4wd tracks and stuff... it doesnt show many walking trails. is it too dangerous to walk through the whole thing... or part of it. (and is going alone a bad idea)
I am really on a budget holiday.. and thought of just tenting or staying in hostels throughout the park if there are any. But is it possible to do so?
Otherwise anyone know of really really cheap tours you can do?
Any suggestions would be wonderful.
Thanks!
Kim

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

Hi Kim, Kakadu covers a very large area so walking it would be a huge task, just to walk the main road without visiting attractions is about 160km. I don't believe there are any major walking tracks through Kakadu so you would have to either stick to the roads or "go bush" which I don't think is a good idea as it would be highly dangerous and even more so alone. What time of year were you thinking of walking? From December to February it tends to be very hot and wet in the area and the roads are often closed to vehicles because of flooding.

Walking alone in general is not a great idea especially in remote areas but some interesting walks you might consider as an alternative are:

In the Australian winter (Jun-Aug) the Larapinta Trail in central Australia which is 223km.

In the Australian summer (Dec-Feb) the Overland Track in Tasmania which is 65km.

Otherwise you could even do the Great Walk on Fraser Island or some day walks in the Blue Mountains.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

As Tim says, it would be unfeasible and pretty dangerous to do it on your own - it's enormous and there are crocodiles in the park. As far as I know there are no hostels in the area, only basic campsites, but it's best to be with a guide so you know you're not camping near any dangerous areas. I arranged a 2 day tour through the hostel I stayed in, Frogshollow; I can't remember the price but it was a backpacker tour so wouldn't have been too expensive.

4. Posted by cheap az (Budding Member 91 posts) 7y

i would def say kakadu 4wd safari only company owned and driven by a aboriginal guide 2 night 3 day only takes 9 people.
Its a very personal trip learn lots of stuff about the area.:)