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Wurrgeng: What to Do in Cold Weather Season in Kakadu

The Kakadu National Park boast an ancient landscape filled with lush rainforests, sprawling scenery, and a collection of great things to get stuck into. Covering around 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu tours give you the chance to absorb the wildlife of the region and get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most mesmerizing views.

Life at the park is highly reliant on the water of the tropical monsoon climate, but the dry season provides a great time to take one of the many Kakadu National Park tours.

Despite having a wet and a dry season, the park itself sees an extremely diverse set of weather conditions. So much so, in fact, that the Aboriginal inhabitants have created six distinct seasons throughout the year.

Wurrgeng is the cold weather season and takes place between mid-June and mid-August. During this time, humidity is low and daytime temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius. At night, they can drop down to 17 degrees Celsius. As it is in the dry season,
many of the on-site creeks dry up and the floodplains become cracked and arid. Birds flock to the shrinking billabongs, while forest fires are a regular occurrence in some parts.

That doesn’t mean that Kakadu isn’t worth visiting at this time. In fact, this is one of the best times to visit if you want to explore the region in cooler temperatures.

Places to Go in Kakadu During Wurrgeng

South Alligator Area

Here, you’ll find the Mamukala wetlands which provide the main attraction in this part of the park. There is a short walk you can take to an observation platform which looks out over the sprawling wetlands and the diverse array of wildlife that calls them home.

East Alligator Area

To the east, this part of the park marks the gateway to the ancient Arnhem Land. Here, you can explore the largest Aboriginal reservation in the whole of Australia, but it can only be accessed with a permit or on a guided tour.

Nourlangie Area

Keeping to the Aboriginal theme, this part of the park boasts an incredibly rich selection of Aboriginal art sites. Throughout the landscape here, you can explore ancient caves that are
marked with thousand-year-old paintings that tell the histories and stories of the local tribes.

Jim Jim Falls Area

For a glimpse into the amazing natural beauty of Kakadu, head to the Jim Jim Falls Area, which can only be accessed during this time of the year – and only in a 4-wheel drive.

You can take a 1km walk through the monsoonal forest, passing some of the park’s most breath-taking waterfalls.

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