Scoring a last minute deal with Contiki for a trip through the NT during March had me frantically searching what the weather would be like, since this time of year is still classified as ‘wet season’.
Certain parts of Australia (such as northern WA and QLD too) have a tropical climate like Asia therefore there are no four distinct seasons, simply just wet and dry.
Which is why I was apprehensively googling to find out if I had made a bad decision by booking and if I would simply be drowning in rain the entire time?!
I need not have feared though, as fortunately it rained extremely hard just once the entire 11 days I was there!
In fact, the recent wet months before March meant that everything was a freaking magical shade of green.
This was most evident during our stay in Kakadu National Park.
My group stayed in the South Alligator region of Kakadu at the Aurora Kakadu.
This three star accommodation has clean, modest rooms, a nice pool area and an awesome on site restaurant.
The highlight hands down for me during my time here was taking a Yellow Water Boat Cruise (included in my tour but for those doing it independently it’s 72 AUD for 1.5 hrs or 90 AUD for 2 hrs and well worth the money!)
Our guide Dennis had the driest humour which was bloody hilarious and he knew so much about his native land.
The amount of birds and wildlife around is spectacular and we were lucky enough to be the only tour of the day so far that had spotted a croc in the river!
It was hard to resist taking so many snaps of the immense green that spanned out into every direction around us.
There was not another soul in sight the entire time we were on the boat and the serenity was beautiful, as were the thousands of lilies.
We also hiked around Nourlangie Rock and saw some ancient Aboriginal artwork dating back thousands of years.
It was almost 40 degrees and humid as hell, so we only did a short 1.5km walk but there is the opportunity to do more should you wish.
Lastly, during our time in Kakadu we also visited the Warradjan Cultural Centre where you can learn more about Aboriginal traditions and the people who have inhabited this land for centuries.
In their gift shop I also picked up this cute notebook which became my travel diary for the Northern Territory.
If you’re thinking about heading to the Northern Territory and also hate crowds of tourists then going in the tail end of wet season is a wonderful decision and you’re unlikely to be disappointed with all of the lush natural scenery around!
A COUPLE THINGS TO ALSO NOTE..
Kakadu is absolutely huge. You will need to decide how you’re getting around whether that is in your own vehicle or organising tours.
If your budget allows, considering a scenic flight over part of this national park would surely be an amazing vantage point to appreciate both its beauty and size.
A national park ticket costs $25.00 pp (was included with Contiki) and you need to have it on you at all times.