Mary River Region in
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia
Where Is Mary River Region
The Mary River area of Kakadu represents just one sector
of the much larger Mary River Wetland National Park. Mary
River Wetland National Park is a 130+km stretch National Park
bordering along the Arnhem Highway and being the gateway to
Kakadu National Park.
How Get To Mary River Region
Mary River Wetland National Park is located approximately
150km east of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway. Some areas
are accessible to all vehicles, however several areas within
the Park are 4WD only. During the wet season (October to April)
flooding may cause road closures. The Arnhem Highway is sealed
and begins 34kms south of Darwin. Point Stuart Road is unsealed
and can be rough - check the conditions. Caravans can access
Corroboree and Annaburroo Billabongs from the Highway. Some
areas are currently inaccessible due to remoteness and lack
of access tracks.
Kakadu National Park an Australian
Natural Icon covers almost 20,000 square kms and is 253 kms
East of Darwin the capital city of the Northern Territory,
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage
listed, Kakadu National Park is the gateway to Arnhemland.
The sealed roads from Darwin to Kakadu is via the Arnhem Highway
and from Katherine to Kakadu National Park via the Kakadu
Highway. The Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru in Kakadu National
Park is located 253 km from Darwin in Northern Territory Australia
via the Arnhem Highway entrance. If travelling by road, you
should allow 3 hours travelling time from Darwin.
Access To Mary River Region
|Turn east off the Kakadu Highway 2km north of the
Mary River Ranger Stattion. The Mary River area of Kakadu represents
just one sector of the much larger Mary River Wetland National
When To Visit
|Recommended May to November
What To See And Do At Mary River Region
|Main Attraction: Scenic tranquil picnic
areas can be found in this area, as well as smaller gorges,
waterfalls, creeks and plunge pools set in monsoonal forest
and vine forests.
Gunlom Waterfall: (Goon-lom) (gravel road, check wet season
Where: Turn east off the Kakadu Highway 2km north of the
Mary River Ranger Stattion (8km south from the Bukbukluk turn-off).
Travel 26km, turn left at the Gunlom Y junction and travel
a further 11km.
Features: A popular camping area located near a clear
plunge pool and small waterfall. A steep climb takes you to
the top of the waterfall providing great views over southern
Kakadu. 37km from Southern Entry Ranger Station, Gunlom has
the magical combination of waterfall and serene plunge pool,
with shady gums cooling the picnic areas.
Open: from April to November, entry is free but camping
Maguk (Mar-gook) Plunge Pool (gravel road, dry season
only, 4WD recommended)
Where: Turn south off the kakadu Highway 42km north of
the Mary River Ranger Station or 92 km south of the Bowali
Visitor Centre. Travel a further 12 km.
Features: A 2km return walk through monsoon forest
leads to a small waterfall and clear plunge pool. Allow 1
to 2 hours. Please note the advice on swimming in plunge pools
on our visitor safety page.
Open: May to November, entry is free.
|If you have more time
|Yurmikmik Walks (gravel road, check wet season access)
Where: Turn east off Kakadu Highway onto the Gunlom road
and travel 21km.
Features: An area of separate but interconnected walking
tracks which is an excellent wet season experience. The individual
walks are: Boulder Creek Walk (2km return); Yurmikmik Lookout
Walk (5km return); Motor Car Falls (7.5km return) and Kurrundie
Creek Walk (11km return).
|Gimbat picnic area (dry season only, 4WD)
Where: Travel 26km east on the Gunlom Road, turn right at
the Y junction and travel a further 19km.
Features: A shady picnic area situated near Guratba (Coronation
Hill) and the South Alligator River.
|Gungurul (Goong-or-ool) picnic area
Where: Turn west off the Kakadu Highway 37km north of the
Mary River Ranger Station or 9km south from the Muguk turn-off.
Features: Picnic tables and basic toilet facilities.
Where: Turn west off the Kakadu Highway 10km north of the
Mary River Ranger Station or 124km south of the Bowali Visitor
Centre. Travel a further 600m on an unsealed road.
Features: Picnic tables and a 400m return walk to a lookout
with views over the old Goodparla Station.
|Where to stay
Wirnwirnmila Mary River Road House (just outside Kakadu National
Park) Under new management, the Wirnwirnmila Mary River Road
House is equipped with motel standard rooms, backpacker accommodation,
powered van sites and camping. The Wirnwirnmila Mary River
Road House is now owned by Jawoyn, the Traditional Owners
of the southern section of the park. Telephone: Within Australia:
(08) 8975 4564 International: +61 8 8975 4564
|Gunlom Camping Area (gravel road, check wet season access)
Access to showers, toilets and a generator is available. Camping
fees (adults only) are collected on site.
|Bush Camping Area (gravel roads, check wet season access)
Free camping with basic toilet facilities is available at Maguk
and Gungurul. Basic camping facilities (BBQ areas, picnic tables,
not toilets) are located at Kambolgie Campground. Drinking water
is not available.
|The Wirnwirnmila Mary River Roadhouse provides meals / morning
and afternoon teas, takeaway food, stores and fuel.
Protect Your Reserve
- All native plants and animals in the Reserve are protected.
- Guns and traps are prohibited.
- Areas of this Reserve do not allow pets, however exercise
areas are set aside for dogs and horses.
- Signs throughout the Reserve explain these conditions.
- Please observe these regulations.
- Take care with fire - light fires only in the fire places
- Please dispose of litter properly.
- Vehicles must remain on formed roads - off road is only
- Safety Note: Saltwater (estuarine) crocodiles occur in
billabongs and at the sea; for your safety do not enter
the water. See the Visitor Safety
page for more information.
Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Head Office - Goyder Centre 25 Chung Wah Tce Palmerston, NT
PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831
Ph: +61 (0) 8 8999 5511
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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