Visitor Safety in Kakadu National Park
There are a number of safety-related aspects of travelling
in Kakadu National Park: crocodiles, disease-carrying
insects, large feral animals, dehydration, and what
to do if a member of your group gets injured or lost.
External Link On Crocodiles, Swimming
in pools and gorges, Disease-carrying insects, Large
feral animals, Dehydration, Lost or injured group members,
Wildfires, Flash flooding, Emergency telephone numbers.
Crocodile Safety Information
Northern Australia is crocodile country. Therefore
it is important to put awareness of crocodiles and safety
at the top of your priority list when living in, working
in or simply visiting crocodile habitat. Living with
crocodiles is not difficult so long as you bear the
following points in mind.
Always be aware that crocodiles may be present
anywhere that there is water.
Unless there is clear
signage that it is safe to swim, assume that crocodiles
may be present.
Warning signs are there
for your benefit! Ignoring them is foolish.
Always check with local
authorities and rangers whether an area is likely to
If in doubt, always swim
in designated swimming areas only.
If there's no sign, don't
A spotlight or LED head-torch
is strongly recommended at night so that any eyeshines
can be seen, but a lack of eyeshines does not mean that
it's safe to swim - crocodiles may be underwater.
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Swimming in Kakadu will pose a threat from Crocodiles
in the Northern Territory. Though please check
with the National Parks Headquaters in Darwin, Tourism
Top End, Bowali Visitors Centre on the way through to
Kakadu and always look for and heed any warning signs
including Crocodile warning signs. Often there are friendly
rangers at the bigger falls, tourist information centres
and government websites for more accurate infomation.
See more on swimming below.
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Are there certain times of the yea r that I cant
The seasonality of waterholes across the Northern Territory
depend on the amount of rain throughout the year. NT
Parks and Wildlife monitor water levels and erect signs
advising visitors when it is safe to swim. Always obey
sign posts. Check the latest access report on the web
How can you identify if a water-hole is safe to
Salt and freshwater crocodiles are found in most Top
End billabongs and rivers, and are occasionally seen
on remote beaches. The accessible rivers and billabongs
are generally sign-posted if saltwater crocodiles are
known to inhabit the area, but if you are not sure,
dont swim. Swim only where recommended and always observe
and read the crocodile warning signs.
Arent swimming spots hard to get to or only acesible
as part of a tour?
All the swimming spots in Darwin, Litchfield National
Park, Katherine, Mataranka and the MacDonnell Ranges
are accessible by self-drive. A few locations are only
accessible by four wheel-drive, such as Butterfly Gorge
Nature Park and Tjaynera Falls in Litchfield National
Park. Tour operators with swimming options include Adventure
Tours Australia, Australian Pacific Touring, Connections
Safaris, Odyssey Tours and Safaris and many more'
Kakadu National Park - Seasons
But Australia's Kakadu sees seasons of varied extremes --
so varied, in fact, that the park's longtime aboriginal inhabitants
have divided the year into six distinct seasons.
Seasons - Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season - Gunumeleng,
from mid-October to late December, may in fact last from a
few weeks to several months.
Seasons - Gudjewg - Monsoon Season - Gudjewg, from January
to March, can be described as the 'true' wet season.
Seasons - Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season - Banggerreng,
in April, is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed
and clear skies prevail.
Seasons - Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season - Yegge,
from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with low humidity.
Seasons - Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season - Wurrgeng, from
mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold weather' time; humidity
is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time
temperatures are around 17°C.
Seasons - Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather - Gurrung, from mid-August
to mid-October, is hot and dry.
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