The Top End
About the same size as Slovenia and a whole lot hotter, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s best-known national park for good reason. Chock-a-block with billabongs, waterfalls, weird rocks formations and all manner of wildlife, this is where Australia runs wild - Kakadu National Park. ‘Roos bounce about the bushlands, dingoes stalk along rocky outcrops, dugongs wallow off the coast and crocs patrol the waters of Alligator River (we’ll call it a case of mistaken identity). Following a landmark ruling back in 1976, approximately half of the land was returned to its traditional custodians. While nearly half of all Northern Territory land now belongs to Indigenous Australians, many of these communities are closed off to visitors. Kakadu National Park is one of the best places to encounter Indigenous culture through managed intercultural exchanges. Cash in a few days of your annual leave for a Litchfield 4WD adventure, escape the southern winter chill and soak up the sun in Katherine and Jim Jim Falls (where it’s always warm), or embark on a tail-to-top journey from Alice to Darwin via some of the NT’s greatest drawcards. Go on. Make a splash.