Consider these Five unusual activities while planning to visit Kakadu:-
Cruise Yellow WaterKakadu is the best place to roam around with your friends and family members as it’s decorated with unlimited natural resources and delightful amenities. The most famous of Kakadu’s yellow water Billabong is your postcard shot: you can just enjoy regular boats cruise across its vast swathes of half-submerged paperbarks, floodwaters, water lilies and pandanus, while Kakadu’s famous crocs cruise beneath. The birds here are amazing and are out of this world: sea eagles, jabiru, magpie geese and egrets. It seems that roaming around heaven. Cruises operate all year round; in the dry season you can also enjoy and explore the billabong on foot, via boardwalks.
You can watch the sun rise or set on an award-winning Yellow Water Billabong cruise near Cooinda. Home to one-third of Australia’s bird species dwells in Kakadu yellow water. You will also see wallabies, crocodiles, wild horses and buffalo that live around the lily-covered billabongs. You can take the 1.8km return walk across the floodplains to a viewing platform on Home Billabong, From July to November.
Swim at Gunlom FallsYou have probably seen Gunlom’s top Pool before; it has a resort-style infinity pool, though of course, it’s even more special since it is entirely made by nature. The plunge pool is situated at the bottom of the falls at Waterfall Creek, but you can also take the moderately steep, 30-minute walk to the top of the falls, and more freshwater pools to swim in. Facilities for campers combine solar hot showers and shaded picnic areas.
You can just plan a swim at Gunlom, a clear rock pool high on the Kakadu. Take around 2km return walk to the infinity-edge of the falls and feel as though you’re swimming on the edge of the earth. Swim through the rock pools from the plunge pool through rocky walls along the creek. You can spend the night at the favourite campground that has excellent facilities and is close to the pool at the base of the falls. It’s a great place to swim around with your friends. If you are still planning to visit Gunlom Falls, then I would like to mention here that it’s a Top spot to visit and have the fun of all the amenities available here.
Swim at MagukThis is known to be one of Kakadu’s hidden gems which play a significant role in providing swimmers with the best platform to swim without any interruptions. It’s only an hour’s drive south of Cooinda, but you will have to turn off the sealed highway and drive a 14-kilometre, 4WD-only track, then walk a kilometre to get here.
The effort required to reach here is remarkable, and that’s the reason very less crowd is seen here. Long distance makes the Park’s lesser-visited natural plunge pools, but it’s tremendously gorgeous to swim in, and the walk in, via a beautiful creek and classic pandanus forest. If you climb up, then it will get you to the top of its waterfall, where more pools await you.
Admire UbirrUbirr is Kakadu’s stunning Aboriginal rock art sites—to see the different art styles that show the abundant bush food in the area, such as waterfowl, mussels, fish, goannas, wallabies, echidnas and yams. In Ubirr’s main gallery, you can see examples of rock art representing one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world. Walk up to the lookout for sweeping views which is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
Ubirr is a favourite Aboriginal rock which is not so much a gallery, but just a collection of them. A kilometre-long from the carpark takes in the Main Gallery, the Namarrgarn Sisters gallery, with the dates of art. Ubirr’s most famous pieces include Dreamtime folklore and ‘contact art’, X-ray paintings of animals, showing local impressions of contact with white explorers. Make sure you take the extra 30-minute to Nardab Lookout for sunset views so excellent.
Check out Jim Jim Falls and Twin FallsVisit Kakadu can’t be complete without seeing these beautiful waterfalls – they are critical to the massive movement of water that marks the seasons. However, close to each other geographically, they are actually very different. Jim Jim Falls features high cliffs surrounding a deep plunge pool which is quite beautiful and flows only after the wet season.
You can swim there in the top pool and admire the unexpected presence of silica sand – this area was once an inland sea in the past. To get to Twin Falls, you need a snorkel on your vehicle to get through a 0.8m water crossing. Twin Falls has a beautiful plunge pool at the bottom, where you can’t swim here as saltwater crocodiles occasionally make their home here. To reach the falls, you need to be able to make your way over often slippery and sandy rocks. Make sure you bring an ample amount of water and snacks along with you, as this walk can take longer than you might expect.
Conclusion: As a traveller, you must know which top spots to visit and when to travel. Kakadu is equipped with plenty of attractions which lures traveller to visit this place repeatedly. One can have the fun of all the amenities mentioned above in one go. Roaming around these places lets you avail your hidden potential and make you feel joy and happiness.