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The West MacDonnell Ranges and the East MacDonnell Ranges are known as the MacDonnells Ranges with the centre point commonly known as Heritage Gap at the commencement of Alice Springs in Northern Territory Australia
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Kakadu National Park an Australian Natural Icon covering almost 20,000 square kms and is 257 kms East of Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia.

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage listed area that has been listed for it's cultural and natural heritage and Kakadu is the largest terrestrial national park in Australia.

Life in the park does depends on the water, also in respect to the tropical monsoon climate that produces the downpours of the tropical humidity of the "wet" season, and the milder weather of the "dry" season. Kakadu National Park is the gateway to Arnhemland.

The sealed roads from Darwin to Kakadu is via the Arnhem Highway and from Katherine to Kakadu National Park via the Kakadu Highway.

The Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru in Kakadu National Park is located 257 km from Darwin in Northern Territory Australia via the Arnhem Highway entrance. If travelling by road, you should allow 3 hours travelling time from Darwin.
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Arnhem Highway and the entrance to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Bark Hut Inn & Caravan Park: The Bark Hut Inn & Caravan Park: on the rnhem Hwy Kakadu National Park NT 0886 Telephone: (08) 8978 8988 Facsimile: (08) 8978 8932. Here is a REAL Aussie Roadhouse with the walls adorned by crocodiles and buffalo.

This is a tourist icon in itself and a must see on the way. The staff were a mix of international backpackers and locals with the service friendly and meals reasonable for a remote location. The park offers a nice pool and campgrounds and basic budget donga's. There a good gift shop and lot's of room to move around.

Information Arnhem Highway - Darwin to Kakadu at www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com

The Bark Hut Inn and Campground on the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Windows to the Wetlands: On the Arnhem Highway and up the road about 10klm past the Fog Dan turn Off was the Windows to the Wetlands.

A great place to stop and view the birdlife from a higher view and also really interesting display's inside to learn about the Wetlands. Diffinately worth stopping at.

Information Arnhem Highway - Darwin to Kakadu at www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com

Windows to the Wetlands on the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Fogg Dam: Turn onto the Arnhem Highway and drive 35km (22 miles) to the Fogg Dam turnoff (Anzac Parade) on the left, which is well signed, and drive 6km to the entrance on the left hand side of the road, also well signed. Large numbers of wading birds gather at the Dam wall at the end of the wet season. From the end of March until the build up, around the start of October is the best time to visit Fogg Dam.

Woodlands to Waterlily - Length: 2.2 km return. Time: 45 minutes. Grade: easy.
Monsoon Forest Walk - Length: 3.6 km. Time: 2 hours. Grade: easy.
Dam Wall Walk - Length: 2.2 km return. Time: 45 minutes. Grade: easy.
Pandanus Lookout - Length: 2.5 km return. Time: 1 hour. Grade: easy.
Information Arnhem Highway - Fogg Dam at www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com

Fogg Dam off the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Termite Mounds: Further along the highway we came upon a unique sight and literally at our fingertips. Massive Termite mounds scatrtered along the roadside - they were actually on the roadside of the Arnhem Highway.

Information Termite Mounds - Darwin to Kakadu at www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com

The termite mounds on the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Mamukala Wetlands: From Aurora Kakadu South Alligator Resort you are now about 40 klm to Jabiru and 7klm to the Mamukala Wetlands. Now the Mamukala Wetlands Hatch. Take your time and photogragh the Magpie Geese and other numerous water bird species.

Mamukala is beautifull all year but it's most dramatic in the late dry season (Sept-Oct) when thousands of magpie geese congregate to feed. An obsveration platform allows you to view the birdlife while a mural isslistrates the seasonal changes that occur through the year. There is also a 3 Km walk adjent to the wetlands. Allow 1 to 2 hours for the full walk. Open all year round, entry is free. Mamukala has wheelcahir access tracks but no toilets

Information Mamukala Wetlands to Kakadu at www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com

Mamukala Wetlands off the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Aurora Kakadu situated in the Kakadu National Park is the perfect base to visit one of the world's finest wildlife reserves. Set amidst 10 hectares of lush bushland, Aurora Kakadu offers tropical gardens, manicured lawns and abundant relaxation areas. Aurora Kakadu provides guests with the opportunity to encounter close at hand some of the Territory's spectacular wildlife. Magpie geese, Wallabies, Corella and Goanna freely wander the landscaped gardens and pool area. Guests are encouraged to explore further the natural habitats of the animals and plants exhibited by experiencing the park and it’s surrounds. Kakadu Resort (South Alligator) - Aurora Kakadu - in the Kakadu Wetlands - Located in the South Alligator Area of Kakadu, the Aurora Kakadu is a 3 ½ star property, offering 138 units which include private patios or balconies, air conditioning, colour television, refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities.
Aurora Kakadu Arnhem Highway at www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com

Aurora Kakadu Resort on the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Gagudju Lodge Cooinda - Campground: Situated 3 hours from Darwin, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda offers convenient access to Kakadu National Park attractions. Take the Stuart Highway south from Darwin, then transfer to the Arnhem Highway towards Jabiru.

Travel approximately 225 kilometres then turnoff to the Pine Creek Highway and travel 54 kilometres to the Cooinda turnoff. Location: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda, Kakadu National Park Kakadu Highway, Jim Jim NT 0886, Australia Phone: + 61 (0) 8 89 79 0145

Email: reservations@gagudjulodgecooinda.com.au
http://www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com/Cooinda_Gagudju_Lodge.htm

Cooinda resort on the Kakadu Highway south of Darwin to Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Bowali (Bor-warl-ee) Visitor Centre: Turn west off the Kakadu Highway, 5km west of Jabiru. Features: Named after the Bowali Creek which flows nearby, the centre's long linear design was inspired by an Aboriginal Rock Shelter. The Bowali Visitor Centre contains a wealth of information about Kakadu. Park staff are available to provide information to you. Videos, displays and a library are also available to assist you in planning your visit. Visitor Centre open 8.00am to 5.00pm.

The Marrawuddi Gallery stocks Aboriginal arts and crafts, books and gifts. Refreshments are available from the Anmak An-me Cafe. opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm. Allow a few hours to explore the centre and learn a little more about Kakadu.
http://www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com/Bowali_Visitors_Center.htm

Bowali Visitors Centre in Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Warradjan Cultural Centre: The circular design of this cultural centre represents a Warradjan (pig-nosed turtle). The centre's large display, developed by Bininj/Mungguy, provides detailed information about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu. There is also a video room and gallery that sells arts and crafts, books, cards and light refreshments.

Warradjan is open from 9am to 5am everyday.

Only 1klm from Cooinda Resort in the South of Kakadu National Park and only 1.5km from the Yellow Waters Boat Cruise boardwalk/jetty.

It is a mix of how the Aboriginals lived and used the land and also how they care for the land. We leanrt much more about the animals from various other sections. We thought OK 5 mins may enough and we would see it all. 45 minutes later we walked out very quietly and looked at each other and just said one one 'Impressive'. Photo's were not allowed inside so you will have to experience it in person folks.
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Yellow Water Cruise: Yellow Water Wetlands (check wet season access) Where: Turn north-west off the Kakadu Highway 50km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre. Features: Yellow Water is part of the South Alligator River floodplain. During early dry season, a boardwalk provides good views of Yellow Water's wildlife. When waters recede, a 1km return walk takes you across the floodplains to a viewing platform on Home Billabong.
http://www.kakadunationalparkaustralia.com/Yellow_Waters.Blog.htm

Boat tours: Commercial boat cruises operate on Yellow Water throughout the year and provide a marvellous opportunity to see the varied birdlife of Kakadu's World Heritage wetlands. Bookings are required. Telephone: Within Australia: (08) 8979 0111 International: +61 8 8979 0111. A web site with all the prices and times is at http://www.gagudju-dreaming.com/Cruises.aspx

Yellow Water Cruise in Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Moderate 4WD Access (seasonal access only) - Maguk Barramundi Gorge: Past Cooinda in the South of the park on the Kakadu Highway. About 45 minutes from Cooinda to the muguk Carpark slow driving. A one kilometre walk through monsoon rainforest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool.

Maguk / Barramundie Gorge, in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, is a scenic and tranquil place to enjoy a refreshing swim in the series of small waterholes. The water is crystal clear, and a short hike to the top of the waterfall is well worth the effort, affording a panoramic view.

Maguk Gorge in Kakadu National Park

Maguk Barramundi gorge in Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Nourlangie Rock: Turn off the kakadu Highway 19km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre and travel a further 12 km. Nourlangie Rock: a 1.5km circular walk will take you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites.

For the adventurous, there is also a moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout, which provides impressive views of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock. Open all year round, entry is free. Continuing on from the Nourlangie car park, the road provides access to several interesting walks and Aboriginal art areas including Anbangbang Billabong, the Nanguluwur art site, and Gubara Pools.

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Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Nourlangie Rock: Turn off the kakadu Highway 19km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre and travel a further 12 km. Nourlangie Rock: a 1.5km circular walk will take you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites.

For the adventurous, there is also a moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout, which provides impressive views of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock. Open all year round, entry is free.

Continuing on from the Nourlangie car park, the road provides access to several interesting walks and Aboriginal art areas including Anbangbang Billabong, the Nanguluwur art site, and Gubara Pools.

Nourlangie Rock in Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

Medium-Difficult 4WD Access (seasonal access only) - Jim Jim Gorge: Jim Jim Falls - On the Kakadu Highway down Cooinda at the south end of Kakadu National Park to Jim Jim and Twin Falls. (Side trip of 130km return). From the north end of the park turn east off the Kakadu Highway 43km south of the Bowali Centre. this is only a 4WD access road. A just under 2km return walk through a monsoon forest and over small and larger boulders will take you to a deep plunge pool surrounded by ancient, 150-metre high cliffs where the falls pound the bottom druring the Tropical Summer also known as the Green or Wet Seasons usually from late November to March. Though as season change it's unpredictable.

Access to the Jim Jim Falls area is by 4WD only. Turn east off the Kakadu Highway 43km south of the Bowali Centre. Engage 4WD and travel 50 km along the Jim Jim Falls access road to reach the Garnamarr Campground (see below for details) . Jim Jim Falls car park is an additional 15 km along the access road . For Twin Falls see here. Please note that the information in this document may not necessarily provide the latest details. During the dry season written road reports may be provided on a weekly basis as road conditions are less variable and road reports are not loaded onto the web on weekends or public holidays.

For the latest up-to-date details, contact the Bowali Visitor Centre on 08 8938 1121. Important to note: During the dry season July till October - Jim Jim Falls generally ceases to flow.

Jim Jim Gorge and Falls in Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim Falls and Jim Jim Gorge in Kakadu National Park in Northern Territory Australia

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