Kakadu – Living Edens Down Under
If you are planning a trip to the Australian Outback, you need at least 5 days to visit the main attractions in the area and really claim that you have been there. Take a flight into Alice Springs, spend 2 days exploring the town, fly into Darwin where it will take you 2 days to really appreciate the town, and on the 5th day take a day-trip into Kakadu. In this part of our two piece special covering some of the remotest parts of the earth, we take a closer look at Darwin and what it has to offer to avid travellers.
Getting to Darwin
Take a Qantas flight from Alice Springs into Darwin. You will need at least 2 days to appreciate the town and its offerings. There are great places to stay in Darwin for people with varying needs. Those for whom money is not an issue will find that Crowne Plaza is one of the best choice. For others watching their pockets, places like Palms City Resort, Paravista Motel and Palms Motel are centrally located accommodations and are good bargains.
Exploring the Sites and Sounds
On the first day, visit the Litchfield National Park which is only 2 hours drive away from the city. You may need a 4-wheel drive to access certain remote parts of the park. The magnificent double waterfall at Florence Falls is one of the star attractions at the Park. Enjoy the bird’s eye-view from the top or take a cool dip in the swimming hole. A camping fee is charged and includes toilet and shower facilities. The Wangi Falls is also equally popular with tourists but is not open all year long so make sure you check with the tourist information desk to avoid disappointment.
An interactive Sea Darwin tour on Darwin Harbor costs about $35 for a one hour and $65 for a two hour tour for adults and is available during the dry season. Keep your fingers crossed and pray for good weather because you may spot the famous snubfin dolphin. The mangrove waterway and crocodile trap are worth the money. Spend the evening visiting the Darwin Mall just mingling with other people and devouring barramundi, prawns and mudcrabs.
Darwin Holiday – Practice the Theory
Reserve a day to visit the Territory Wildlife Park and the Berry Springs Nature Park only an hour away from Darwin. The Wildlife Park has cool attractions like a Birds of Prey display, large aquariums containing salt water crocodiles and an array of local wildlife including the large Goanna lizard, the Wedgetail Eagle, Blue Kingfisher and the black wallabies. A train takes tourists around the huge park. When you are done with the Wildlife Park, head over to the Berry Springs for a cool dip. Berry Springs has three pools of varying depths. On Saturday’s the Nightcliff Jetty has a food van so this is the best day of the week to visit. Tie in your Wildlife Park and Berry Springs excursion with a relaxing dinner at the Jetty. It offers a spectacular view of the ocean and a sunset you will remember for a long time to come.
What to See and Do
About 3 hours away from Darwin, Kakadu is a wonderland in itself. It is the largest national park in Australia spanning over 19,000 square kilometers and is home to a myriad of wildlife species. The area has 6 distinct seasons and has been home to the Aboriginals for over fifty thousand years. If you don’t want to spend the night freezing in Kakadu, you should start your trip as early as 5 AM. You can also fly into Kakadu. Start at the Bowali Visitor Center where you can view displays of the Aborigines ways of life and the changes that the ecosystem went over with time. Next, visit to the Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock which stores the rock art of the aboriginal people. Jim Jim Falls are located in the same area and are a must-see. The Falls can only be reached via 4WD in the dry season. The rest of the year it may be possible to get flyover in helicopters or light aircrafts.
Have a great adventure in the Land Down Under! Remember to book your flights early to avoid disappointment.
If you missed Part 1 of Australia’s Great Outback Adventure, you should check it out