Alternative summer holidays: Kakadu

When most Australians think about their island continent’s top end in summer, they think hot, red, sand. The truth is, summer is known to the locals as the ‘green season’ and it’s possibly the best value time of the year to travel there – especially to Kakadu.

There’s a host of incentives to travel to the NT in summer. If you’re a keen fisher (man or woman), grab your rod and try your luck at snapping up a $1 million barramundi at the Northern Territory’s Million Dollar Fish competition. If you don’t hook the lucky $1 million fish, you could catch one of 100 fish tagged with a $10,000 prize. The competition runs until the end of February 2018, so there’s plenty of time to pack your gear and get fishing.

If fishing’s not your bag, then snap up an insane accommodation deal at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge during the green season. Stay two nights or more and receive 20 per cent off your accommodation.

Yellow Water Billabong sits atop many a top-end wish list and the green season is the perfect time to cruise along and see some of Australia’s most interesting wildlife.

See one of the world’s greatest – and oldest – outdoor art galleries at Nourlangie, swim in waterholes or under waterfalls, and witness wildlife as you’ve never seen. From bird life to crocodiles, epic thunderstorms and gushing streams, the top end is the perfect place for an alternative summer getaway.

“The green season brings out Kakadu National Park’s flora and fauna,” says General Manager of Cooinda Lodge, Brett Skinner.

“Over two or three days, visitors can follow crocodiles on a Yellow Water Cruise, take a scenic flight over Kakadu with waterfalls at their most spectacular, discover Indigenous culture and heritage at the Warradjan Cultural Centre, view the remarkable rock art at Nourlangie, swim in beautiful rock pools, and undertake a range of walks, such as the Yurmikmik Walks in the Mary River region. There’s plenty to do for everybody,” said Mr Skinner.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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