During the Dry, park rangers conduct free walks and tours at several popular locations. You can pick up a program at the entry station or at either of the visitor centers.
Far Out Adventures. Far Out Adventures runs customized tours of Kakadu, as well as other regions of the Top End, for small groups. 04/2715–2288. www.farout.com.au.
Gagudju Dreaming. The Gagudju Lodge Cooinda arranges magical boat tours of Yellow Water Billabong, the major water hole in Kakadu, where innumerable birds and crocodiles gather. There are six tours throughout the day as well as a night tour (no children under 8 on the night tour); the sunrise and sunset cruises are best—both in terms of temperature and animal activity. Tours, which run most of the year, cost A$72 for 90 minutes and A$90 for two hours (6:45 am cruise A$99 but includes breakfast). 1800/8979–0145. www.gagudju-dreaming.com.
Kakadu Air. This company makes scenic hour (A$240) and half-hour (A$140) flights out of Jabiru. In the Dry the flight encompasses the northern region, including Arnhem Land escarpment, Nourlangie and Mamakala Wetlands, East Alligator River, and Jabiru Township. During the Wet only, a similarly priced half-hour or one-hour flight takes in the Jim Jim and Twin falls, when they are most spectacular. Heli tours are also available. NT. 1800/089–113 or 08/8941–9611. www.kakaduair.com.au.
Nitmiluk Tours. Although you can explore Katherine Gorge on foot on one of the many bushwalking trails, the best way to see the gorge is to hit the water. Jawoyn-owned Nitmiluk Tours offer a range of cruises, starting at A$75 for a two-hour trip that departs several times each day. Wear comfortable walking shoes as there is some walking involved between gorges. The best time to go is during the late afternoon, when you'll get the best photo opportunities as the walls of the gorge glow a deep red. Canoe hire is A$51 for half a day, A$64 for a full day. Helicopter flights over the gorge start at A$101. Nitmiluk National Park, Gorge Rd., Katherine, NT, 0850. 08/8972–1253. www.nitmiluktours.com.au.
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