When is the best time to visit Kakadu National Park

Wet Season or dry? When is the best time to visit Kakadu National park?

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.


Is the wet season the best time to visit Kakadu National Park?

Can you visit Kakadu in the wet season?

The tropical summer from November to April is when the Top End truly comes alive. It’s when the waterfalls are at their fullest and most majestic, the wetlands transform in a blaze of colour, and millions of migratory birds return to nest in its national parks As you can see the wet season is not so bad after all!

Gunlom Falls

The tropical summer from November to April is when the Top End truly comes alive..” Real Adventure Group

When is the 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 3 day Kakadu Tour 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.

Is the dry season the best time to visit Kakadu National Park

Visiting Kakadu in the Dry Season

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.

When do Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls open?

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 2022 Kakadu season that will open around mid-June. We follow Parks Australia for this information.
Book onto our 5 day tour for a visit to Jim Jim Falls:

5 Day 4WD Jabiru Dreaming Top End Tour

Jabiru bird in Kakadu National Park, NT on our Northern Territory tours
Real Aussie Adventures, Small Group Adventure Tours Australia. Barramundi Gorge in Kakadu National Park on our Kakadu tours from Darwin

The Best time to visit Kakadu on tour

For travel in the dry season from Darwin we have plenty of touring options. From our 3 day Kakadu and Litchfield tour to our 5 day tour that takes in the Top 3 National Parks in the Top End, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) These tours depart from April to October, June and July fill super fast so get in quick for 2022. 

Check out more about the 3 day trip Kakadu and Litchfield.

Got more time? Try our 5 Day 4WD Jabiru Dreaming Top End Tour

Adventure further off the beaten track and visit ArnhemLand. 

5 Day 4WD Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Litchfield Tour

Real Aussie Recommendations

  • Whenever you are planning on visiting Australia please include Kakadu National Park in your schedule!
  • One tip: Make sure your camera has a full battery because Kakadu National park has endless lush scenery waiting for you.
  • Due to Covid restrictions in 2021/2022 we will not be operating our wet season tours. Join us again in April 2022 for our dry season adventures.

    5 Day 4WD Jabiru Dreaming Top End Tour


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