Travel to Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory is a wonderful place for a holiday and is one of the icons of the Australian tourist industry. This is the place to see Aboriginal rock art, crocodiles and spectacular scenery featuring sandstone ramparts and high waterfalls. The best way to see Kakadu is to drive yourself or take one of the many organized tours that visit the region. Darwin is about three hours drive away to the north and is the best place to start you journey. There is an international airport in Darwin with many flights from overseas destinations as well as domestic flights from all Australian capitals and from Cairns. When you take all of this into account, Darwin is really easy to access. Kakadu is also included in many tours that originate in other states.
Kakadu has limited accommodation within its own boundarys. There are three resorts of different standards as well as powered sites and facilities to cater for the demand from the motor home and campervan tourists as well as the many grey nomads touring Australia in their own caravans. All travelers entering the park, and wanting to stay overnight must make sure that they have booked well in advance as the park is often booked out. An organized tour is often the best way to see the park as they have block bookings with accommodation to cover their client's needs. Some parts of the park can only be visited by four wheel drive vehicle so if you don't have one then a tour is the only option. This does include some of the most scenic and spectacularly beautiful regions in the park.
There is a very good visitor's center near the town of Jabiru. All park visitors should come here before venturing out into the park itself. The Visitors center will give you a really good insight into the things that you will experience while you are exploring the park and will also provide maps and cultural information on some of the things that you will see as well as the life and culture of the local Aboriginal people and the significance that the park holds for them.
There are some must see destinations within the park. Take a cruise on the Yellow Water lagoon and you will probably see a salt water crocodile. The bird life here is amazing and it is also a great place to catch a Barramundi. Nourlangie Rock is a very important Aboriginal cave art site and you can drive right there on a sealed road. Some of the pictures are very well preserved and quite spectacular. Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls are spectacular examples of the Kakadu's scenic attractions. They can only be reached by four wheel drive vehicle but are a must see while you are in the park. Tours are available from Darwin or Katherine or from within the park itself.
If you are planning an Australian Holiday then Kakadu National Park is one of the attractions that you must put on your itinerary.
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