Featured image: Get closer to country with Kakadu Cultural Tours. Photo: Tourism Australia
Did July’s NAIDOC Week (celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) inspire your next holiday? Well good news: there’s a wealth of Aboriginal travel experiences on offer around the country. In fact, Tourism Australia has an excellent collection right here. But one non-negotiable for any shortlist is Top End beauty, Kakadu National Park.
Aboriginal people have lived continuously for over 60,000 years on this remote swathe of Northern Territory land. A place so special, it makes the World Heritage list for its natural and cultural significance.
For couples, Kakadu offers an escape from the daily commute and a connection with an ancient, awesome landscape and the rich culture of its Traditional Owners. 20,000-year-old rock art, waterfalls and wetlands, and towering sandstone escarpments await your discovery. Oh, and did we mention the 10,000 crocodiles who call Kakadu home? Yep, this is croc country.
If you’re looking for a small group tour in this spectacular region, try Kakadu Cultural Tours. Owned and operated by the Djabulukgu Association (representing the traditional owners of Northern Kakadu and parts of Western Arnhem Land), they offer a range of cultural and nature-based adventures.
Cruise the East Alligator River, marvel at rare rock art sites, and roam the landscape in a custom 4WD before soaking up sunset over the escarpments.
Where: Kakadu National Park, NT is 240 km east of Darwin and about 150 km north of Katherine
Getting here: Self-drive or join a bus or 4WD tour from Darwin or Katherine.
Perfect for couples: A scenic heli-flight for two over the majesty of this wild and wonderful landscape.