The delights of Australia’s Northern Territory never cease to amaze. Traversing red ochre escarpments, navigating tropical woodlands, and soaking in a natural thermal spring, you’ll see why Australia is famous the world over for its unique outback landscapes. The World Heritage–listed Kakadu National Park is just one of the Northern Territory’s best-loved historical features.
The park’s most prized location is the Nanguluwur Rock Art Site at Nourlangie Rock, which is celebrated worldwide for its enormous historical value. An easy walking track of three kilometres will lead you through woodlands to the revered art site, where you can uncover stories and artefacts from the world’s oldest living culture. This site has one of the most concentrated collections of this unique art form, and will astound guests with its 20,000-year-old paintings.
Kakadu National Park is also a haven for birdwatchers, with a third of Australia’s bird species, and 60 different species in the park’s wetlands alone. See the 200-metre high Jim Jim Falls, with the Jim Jim Falls Gorge Track being an ideal challenge for the fitness fanatic. Walk through monsoon forest on a 900-metre walk to where ancient 150-metre-high cliffs envelop an idyllic deep-plunge pool.
Four-wheel drivers can continue from Jim Jim Falls to Twin Falls Gorge, and take the boat shuttle service to see that two marvellous cascades are better than one. Allow yourself two hours to properly explore the area, though with so much to enjoy, you could be there all day!
Finish your tour of Kakadu with a splash in nature’s infinity pool at Gunlom Falls. During summer, it will overlook waterfalls as their rivers course through the nearby stone country and woodlands. Bring lunch to enjoy in the picnic areas under the shade of a tall gum tree.