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When is the best time to visit Kakadu?

Posted on 24 July, 2019 in Kakadu, Tours, Wet Season, Top End Locations

Gunlom Falls in Kakadu

What time of year is the best to visit Kakadu
National Park?

The timing of your Kakadu tour
will have a massive impact on what you see and experience in Australia’s largest National Park,
where the landscapes are entirely dictated by the seasons. To non-Aboriginal
people, there are two main seasons in the Northern Territory’s Top End region,
where Kakadu is located: the wet and the dry. Not a fan of the heat? The dry is
probably the best time of the year to head to Kakadu for you. Prefer solitude?
Travel to Kakadu in the wet and it’ll feel like you have this grand expanse all
to yourself. Although we think any time is a great time to visit the park,
we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of each season for you below to help you
plan your trip to Kakadu.


Kakadu scenic flight in the wet season

Wet season: November – March

Average max: 34. Average minimum: 24

Pros:

  • Rivers and billabongs are full
    to the brim and waterfalls are at their most spectacular
  • The park’s flora is lush, which
    means the animals are out and about for grazing
  • A tropical lightning storm is
    an experience in itself
  • Lovers of solitude will rejoice
    at the lower visitor numbers.

Cons:


Swimming at Barramundi Gorge in Kakadu

Peak Dry season: June – August

Average max: 32. Average minimum: 19

Pros:

  • Most roads and attractions are
    open, including ancient rock art site, Ubirr and the awe-inspiring Jim Jim Falls
  • The weather is gorgeous (and
    predictable); perfect for outdoor adventures
  • Prime time for croc spotting,
    as these cold-blooded beasts sun themselves when temps drop.

Cons:

  • The combo of great weather and
    winter school holidays means you can expect big crowds
  • The plants haven’t had a drink
    in months, so the colours aren’t as bright
  • You’ll have to get in quick
    before flights, accommodation and tours book out – and expect to pay premium
    prices.

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Shoulder Season (early & late dry season); April – May and September – October 

Temperatures range between wet & dry season averages.

Pros:

  • Less tourists mean you’ll get
    you pick of sun-baking and camping spots
  • Prices are lower
  • The weather is still fairly predictable
  • During the late wet (April –
    May) the waterfalls are pounding, making this the best time of the year to take
    a scenic flight
  • During the late dry (September
    – October) the wildlife spotting opportunities are incredible, as billabongs
    shrink and animals congregate at permanent waterholes
  • Barra fishing is at its best
    during the run-off (March-April)

Cons:

  • Depending on the previous wet
    season’s rainfall, some attractions may still be closed
  • It can be uncomfortably hot and
    humid (especially in October) 

Decided on the time of year that’s best for you to
visit Kakadu? Check out our Kakadu tours from
Darwin
or combine your time in Kakadu with visits to Arnhem Land and
Cobourg Peninsula during our five-day
tour

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