When you're heading into the vast Kakadu and Arnhem Land wilderness it's good to know what to expect. The landscape changes drastically from season to season and this dictates how you'll travel, what you'll be able to see, and the species of wildlife you'll encounter along the way. So do some research before leaving to make sure you don't miss out on that refreshing waterhole swim, barra fishing trip, or journey across the wetlands you've been so looking forward to.
Wet 'n dry
The Kakadu and Arnhem Land region has tropical hot and dry seasons, with thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding occurring from October through to March. This is followed by a dry cooler period between April and September. The dry season is a popular time for tourists as the temperature and humidity drops. This creates ideal conditions for outdoor activities, but keep in mind this is peak tourist season, so if you like a bit of space while you travel, plan your visit for April-May or September.
Storm clouds and sunshine
The ancient Bininj/Mungguy culture recognise six distinct seasons throughout the year. Banggerreng is the traditional harvest period during the month of April. During this time you'll enjoy clear skies as floodwaters recede and plants begin to fruit. May and June brings Yegge, with its cooler weather and drying winds followed by Wurrgeng – the early dry season when creeks dry up and wildlife crowds the billabongs. Gurrung is the hot dry season from August to October and, after that, the pre-monsoon thunderclouds of Gunumeleng get the creeks flowing again. Gudjewg – the monsoon months from December to March bring an explosion of life as rivers, waterfalls and wetlands expand with the floodwaters.
Find up-to-the-minute weather advice on the Bureau of Meteorology website.