Kakadu National Park..Advice needed..

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1. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Can anyone give me some advice who has travelled around Kakadu.
Im planning to travel to Darwin in October from Sydney.
Wanted to maybe camp and spend a few days walking and see the crocs!
Is is best to wait until I arrive and pick up tours? Are they reasonable price wise.
Where is best in Kakadu?

Any help would be great.

Thanks a lot:)

2. Posted by eazeliff (Full Member 23 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi - In Aug. 2002 I went with Kakadu Dream s four day tour out of Darwin and was highly pleased with the trip. I called about a week ahead from Cairnsand reserved it. However a friend of mine several months ago found it to be booked up and he went with another outfit. Look up their website under Kakadu Dreams. You could book it online. I thought we saw a great deal and we were aken into places that you cannot get to with a regular vehicle.

3. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info., Will check it out


4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi nicnac,

I did a Kakadu tour with Adventure Tours (very popular up in those parts especially) and it was also great. Most of the tours take in the more popular sites (jim jim, twin falls etc) and then combine that with their own touch. The groups are pretty small on any of the good tours (up to 8 people) because any bigger and the vehicles wouldn't be able to get anywhere good.

As the distances are quite big and it's a little remote, I wouldn't recommend just walking around but do a tour which I found to be quite reasonably priced really. I am not sure whether you can actually camp in Kakadu without licenses and such, maybe....

The main thing I would watch for is time of year. If you are leaving Sydney in October and plan to take your time to get up to Darwin, chances are you will end up there in the wet season (starts in Nov/Dec) which also closes off quite a few of the waterfalls etc. in Kakadu (they flood and saltwater crocs move in so I am told). They then reopen in May/June or so, so that is certainly something you want to avoid :)


5. Posted by Peter (Admin 6842 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure what the story is exactly, but be wary before drinking any water there - there is a uranium mine in the national park (damn the Aus.government for allowing it) and there was a leak recently which managed to get into the waterways!! I'm not saying it's not safe, just that it's worth checking if you plan to have a mouthful of 'fresh' water from a river

6. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

thanks everyone for the tips and advice. Good point about the water Peter, I wont be filling up my water bottle in Darwin now!:)