How to spend 48 hours in Kakadu

Explore one of the Northern Territory’s most iconic locations in just two days.

If your trip is cut short or you have decided to take a spontaneous weekend trip you can still experience the breathtaking scenery in just 48 hours with this plan. Although you will need to wake up early to see it all.

Day 1

If you are travelling to Kakadu from Darwin be sure to allow yourself two hours to arrive at Kakadu Park’s northern entry. After checking-in at the Bowali Visitor Centre (open from 8am) sit back with a coffee and seek out local advice regarding your plans.

Head the Nourlangie Rock art site, south of the visitor centre. This site was once a shelter for Indigenous people during storms. The artwork on the walls will give you an insight into their rich spiritual tradition.

After spending the day exploring in the sun, wind down on a sunset cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong. You’ll be able to spot native wetland wildlife as well as crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo and a vast range of birdlife.

Right beside Yellow Waters is the Mardugal campground, a convenient location to pitch the tent for a night.

Day 2

On your second day, you will be able to explore waterfalls, wetlands, and rock pools. Gunlom Falls in one sight you will not want to miss on your trip. If you are driving from Cooinda, make a detour at Maguk — its tranquil blue waters are breathtaking.

Don’t forget to pack your swimwear and hiking boots as you will need them for a 15-minute trail walk ascending to a picturesque natural infinity pool. Once you have seen everything there is to see at Gunlom Falls, you can begin the journey back into Darwin.

Using the Kakadu Highway, make a stopover at Pine Creek, a small town near the intersection of Kakadu and Stuart Highways. It is a prime spot for a BBQ lunch or the Lazy Lizard Tavern is a great place to grab a cold drink, filling feed, as well as a chat with locals.

If you have more time up your sleeve, try some of the best walking tracks Kakadu has to offer.