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Sunday, 07 April 2019 10:00

Dry ‘wet’ provides Easter bonus for visitors to Kakadu National Park with early opening of key tourism icons

A relatively dry ‘wet’ season has allowed Kakadu National Park to forecast an early opening of the Park’s key tourism icons in time for the Easter holiday break.

In traditional ‘wets’, access to prime tourism attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie and Gunlom can be restricted till May, but, subject to future weather events, Kakadu National Park is anticipating that these three sites will be open.

Gunlom rock infinity pool

In addition, Parks have upgraded walking tracks at Gunlom, one of Australia’s most famous natural infinity water holes and waterfalls.

Access to Ubirr – a culturally significant site renowned for its rock art and sunset vistas – via Magela Creek is on schedule for a pre-Easter opening.

Walks at South Alligator and The Bird Hide at Mamukala – one of the best spots for bird watching in Kakadu – are already open, as are walking tracks and art sites at Nourlangie.

The early start to the peak Season is perfectly timed for both the Easter holiday period and A Taste of Kakadu (www.kakadutourism.com/taste) from 10 to 19 May.

Special food events will be held across the Park during A Taste of Kakadu, including signature events such as Canapes and Cruises on Yellow Water Billabong and Cocktails at the Croc – both featuring the best of local Kakadu produce.

Art Classes will be held daily at The Croc in Ochre Gallery, while at Warradjan Cultural Centre near Cooinda, free weaving and art sessions will be held daily and a free ground-oven cook up using traditional Indigenous ingredients will be open to up to 50 visitors on Wednesday 15 May.

Shoulder season rates will be available at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, with rooms starting from $179 per night (for two guests). Family rooms are also available.

Kakadu is an easy three hour drive from Darwin and is ideal for a short three day break or more extensive itineraries involving trekking and water-based activities.