We let you know the best time to head to the Northern Territory to adventure into Kakadu National Park.

The climate of the Top End of Australia in the Northern Territory can be unfamiliar to visitors from overseas. Its unlike other areas of Australia as we have distinct wet and dry seasons.

Kakadu’s Aboriginal owners recognise six seasons, they see these in nature by noticing subtle changes in weather, which plants are in flower, and which bush foods are abundant. 

When you google 'perfect time to take a Kakadu Tour' there can be very vague information like 'July and August has no rain'. This can be misleading.


June, July and August in Kakadu National Park

June, July and August are the 'coolest' months in Kakadu National Park. When we say cool, temperatures are still 86F or 30c everyday. However, it drops a little at night and doesnt have such high levels of humidity. They are also our busiest months in Darwin. We have the Australian school holidays which means lots of Australian families travel to the Top End and take a Kakadu tour. So if you are coming from overseas then please book 3 or 4 months in advance. This is a good idea anyway as you will be able to take advantage of our EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS!

Crocodiles tend to be more visible in colder weather, as they warm themselves up in the sun. So travelling during the dry season you have more of a chance to spot these awe-inspiring creatures!  

We are currently filling fast for all our Kakadu National Park tours July and August. If you would like to travel from Darwin then please let us know ASAP.

Jim Jim and Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park

Jim Jim and Twin Falls are the most well known waterfalls in Kakadu National Park. They are only open during the Dry Season. This again can determine when the 'best time' to travel to Kakadu is, as many visitors want to experience these natural wonders. It is estimated for 2017 that they will open around mid-June . We follow Parks Australia for this information.


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When is wet season in Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu's wet season is from November to March. We really enjoy the Top End at this time as it brings epic thunderstorms, bright green landscapes and the flooding of the Yellow Water Billabong. We also like that there are less visitors in Kakadu, so it makes you feel like you are an explorer!

Check out our article: Can you visit Kakadu and Litchfield in the Wet Season? Our Dragonfly Dreaming 3 day tour is our most popular for that time, we have a modified wet season itinerary.

As some of the attractions of the park become flooded during the wet season, other areas become lush waterfalls. So, we have a lot of options to take you to the most spectacular places for swimming and hiking. We are very lucky Kakadu National park is so large at 20,000 Kilometres squared. There is always somewhere to explore! 

Mosquitos can be more prevalent during the wet season in Kakadu, which is why we refrain from sleeping outside in swags and use our permanent tents on all trips. You will also be protected from any nightly rainfall in our waterproof tents. We find that the wildlife is more abundant during the wet season as they flock to the areas of water...so great chances for bird spotting at this time of year. 

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Our most popular trips to Kakadu National Park from Darwin: 

Tours to get you there

Driving in the remote northwest Kimberley region

9 Day 4WD Darwin To Broome Tour

This small group 4WD tour takes in all the Top End sights you can think of. Adventure tours don't get much better than this, with Lake Argyle and The Bungle Bungles being the highlights.