Escape to Kakadu for Christmas this year!
Join us in Kakadu for Christmas this year and wittness Kakadu's fruitful green season, where the electric skies bring new growth and life to the park. In celebration of the remarkable Kunumeleng season, we invite you to Cooinda lodge for Christmas lunch, which will be wrapped in the magic of Kakadu's culinary offerings; charcuterie, salads, seafood, roasted favourites and an array of dessert specials. Stick around for boxing day, where the Crocodile Hotel will be hosting the event of the year - Test Cricket, beer and Yiros! Book your accommodation now, from $199 per night and all that is left to do after lunch is to roll back to your room or take a dip in the pool!
What's happening in Kakadu around Christmas?
From cascading waterfalls to tranquil billabongs, enjoy the opportunity to witness an array of wildlife, making Kakadu a remarkable destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a culturally immersive Christmas experience. If you're joining us for Christmas, we'll be running our Yellow Water Cruises from Home Billabong - on-site at Cooinda Lodge up until Christmas eve. Book your Christmas lunch feast, hosted by Cooinda Lodge and celebrate by exploring the natural attractions close-by, like Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) ancient rock art site. Stick around for boxing day, where the Crocodile Hotel will be hosting the event of the year - Test Cricket, beer and Yiros!
24 December Christmas Eve
Yellow Water Billabong Cruise (last tour before Christmas)
25 December Christmas Day
Christmas Lunch at Cooinda Lodge
Test Cricket, Beer and Yiros Event at the Crocodile Hotel!
What can I do in Kakadu during wet season?
Waterfall Spectacles: The heavy rains during the wet season rejuvenate the park's waterfalls, creating stunning cascades. Take a Scenic Kakadu Air Flight over iconic falls like Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls Falls for a truly impressive sight and a different perspective over the sacred Stone Country.
Cruise the Waterways: Take a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise on the swollen rivers and billabongs. The increased water levels make it easier to access remote areas and observe the diverse wildlife that congregates around the water. Plus, the beautiful lush greens and cloudy pink sunset skies are really something special!
Bird Watching: Kakadu is renowned for its birdlife, and the wet season is prime time for birdwatching as many species come to breed. Bring your binoculars and camera to capture these incredible avian moments.
Cultural Experiences: Explore the rich Aboriginal culture of the region. Join guided tours like the Yellow Water Billabong cruise, or visit our local art galleries to learn about the traditions, stories, and art of the Indigenous people. Warradjan Cultural Centre, just a 5 min walk from Cooinda is the perfect place to indulge in the rich tapestry of culture, with a museum exhibit, art gallery, theatre and local artists sitting on country, sharing stories and weaving traditions. Marrawuddi Arts & Culture and Bowali Visitor Centre in Jabiru are also a must-visit!
Fishing: The wet season offers great fishing opportunities, with abundant barramundi and other fish species in the swollen rivers and billabongs. Just remember to check for any seasonal fishing restrictions.
Photography: The dramatic stormy skies, vibrant green landscapes, and reflections in the water create fantastic photography opportunities. Sunrise and sunset shots can be particularly breathtaking.
Bushwalking: While some areas may be inaccessible due to flooding, there are still many trails that remain open. Yurmikmik walks boast some great wet-season swimming holes to cool down, including Motor Car Falls and Boulder Creek, while shorter walks around Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock Art Site and Nawurlandja Lookout offer some deadly sights! Make sure to check the latest trail conditions and take appropriate precautions.
Local Festivals: Book your seat for Christmas lunch at Cooinda with an array of Kakadu's culinary offerings; charcuterie, salads, seafood, roasted favourites and an array of dessert specials. This Boxing Day, the Crocodile Hotel will be hosting an event for the Australian Test Cricket Match, with beer and yiros!
Wildlife Spotting: The wet season can be an excellent time for wildlife enthusiasts, as animals are more active and visible. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, wallabies, and other creatures that call Kakadu home.
Relax and Enjoy the Rain: Sometimes, the best thing to do in the wet season is to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sound of rainfall, the refreshing scent of wet earth, and the vibrant greenery all around you! Cooinda Lodge and Mercure Crocodile Hotel offer all the creature comforts to make your tropical holiday blissful, with refreshing resort-style pools, air-conditioned rooms amongst the lush natural greenery, special bush-tucker inspired dinner menus and extensive beer, wine and cocktail menus!
Check out our Wet Season Itineraries for more inspiration.
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