You’ve always dreamed of driving a 4WD on unsealed road in Australia? Looking for exceptional landscapes and exotic animals? Kakadu is where you need to go.

How accessible is it from Singapore?

Kakadu National Park is one of the closest destinations in Australia from Singapore. You will need to fly to Darwin and rent a car from there. The total door to door journey is 9 hours 55 minutes from (your home/office in) Singapore to Kakadu National Park.

Given the flight and distance once in the park, you will need a minimum of 4 days to enjoy Kakadu.

Singapore to Kakadu national park journey details

How much is this going to cost us?

Australia is expensive (especially in comparison to South East Asian countries).
Transport from Singapore will cost you from  SGD 605 return for 2 with a direct flight.
Accommodation wise you can camp in the park and rent a spot for a decent price. There are also lodges available but they can be very expensive.

How remote and risky is it?

This is the outback so you may find yourself on your own for a long period of time. However, you should be able to get assistance in case something happens. Road conditions depend on the weather and season but overall you should be fine. Remember that you are hours away from a hospital so play it safe.

What about the kids?

You can take your children to Kakadu. It’s a great outdoor destination and there are plenty of things to discover if they like outdoor activities. Long hours on the road can be boring for them so make sure you make stops on the way. You could do the trip with babies / infants but may not want to risk it as you will be on your own in case something happens.

When should we go?

The best period to visit Kakadu Park – Darwin and avoid the rain season are the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October. Refer to the chart in the sidebar for details about the monthly average rain volumes and rainy days.

Connections from Kakadu National Park

Australia is a massive country so if you have more time you might want to go south to Alice Springs to see the Uluru or fly to Perth to discover Margaret River or even Sydney.

Getting from Singapore to Darwin

Jetstar flies direct from Singapore (SIN) to Darwin (DRW). Although the timing on the way back is pretty bad (unless you can go late to the office directly from the airport or take a half day off that morning), it’s probably your best choice as other companies have a stopover and the total journey will take you even longer and tickets would be much more expensive.

Getting there: Jetstar– Singapore to Darwin 11.30 PM – 5.35 AM (4h35 flight)
Coming back: Jetstar – Darwin to Singapore – 6.05 AM – 9.10 AM
Return ticket from SGD 400.

Get your ticket NOW to enjoy the best fares.

Getting from Darwin airport to the Kakadu National Park

Pick up you 4WD car (with GPS) at the car rental agency inside the terminal and drive straight to Kakadu. It’s a 3-4h drive until the park entry.

Almost all car rental companies have a desk at the airport (Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar…). Make sure to book your car in advance on companies’ websites. As a reference, A 4WD with Budget for will cost you AUD  600 for 4 days (rental + additional kilometers).

Where to stay in Kakadu National Park

Under a tent! There are many campgrounds in the park. Some are more luxurious (with sanitary and hot shower) than others. You don’t need in advance to book and can pick the one you want once there. If you can, bring your tent.

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, there are only a few in the Kakadu national Park. You can find them on Agoda:

or, if your prefer,  with

To see & to do in Kakadu National Park

You can find a lot of useful information to prepare your itinerary on the Kakadu National Park website. You can also visit one of the Visitor Centers to get some ideas about things to see and do and learn about the park and culture.

You will be driving in the park. Here are a few things you could do:

Go to Ubirr for the sunset 

Watch the sun go down from the lookout at Ubirr, with 360 degree views across the floodplain and fascinating atmosphere!

Nourlangie Rock

Admire aboriginal art on stones and walk around.

Jim Jim fall

Go see this amazing waterfall. Accessible for 4WD drive only. Check if the road is open as it’s not always the case.

Gunlom (Waterfall creek)

Impressive waterfall with a small lake where you can swim (No crocodile normally…). Do not miss the small trek on the right of the fall. It will bring you to waterfall top with amazing natural pool and great landscapes. Great pictures guaranteed.

Litchfield

  • Florence Fall: 2 very nice waterfalls where you can easily swim – Easy access by road
  • Creek Walk: Very pleasant natural pool with free massage by the water.

Enjoy the Aussie way of life

Have a typical Australian breakfast on the road to Kakadu with bacon & eggs burger and huge muffins to understand why life is good in Australia.

More info to prepare your trip

No wifi available in the Park.

What to pack for Bali

On top of your usual bag, don’t forget your camping equipment if you plan to sleep under the tent. If you stay in Singapore, consider buying your equipment from Decathlon.

Your main bag

That’s the one you leave at the hotel. Ideally you want to avoid checking in your luggage when flying. So check the weight and dimensions for hand carry luggage with your airlines (some airlines will allow only 7kg, some will allow up to 10kg). From head to toes.

  • Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Be mindful that you will be in a different environment so it might be a good idea to adjust your wardrobe.
  • Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun (if you’ve stayed for 5 hours on a motorbike with short sleeves you know what I mean) or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Pullover. Yes I know, you’re going to a country where the temperature never goes down below 25 degrees and you need to pack a pullover? You will thank us when you’re back. Remember that flight during which  you were freezing? Or this museum where the aircon is set to the “polar bear” temperature?
  • Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
  • Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm.
  • Underwear: well, you know. If you plan to walk or ride motorbikes for long hours, take something comfortable as the combination heat + friction can make you regret this sophisticated silk underwear. Cotton is good.
  • Shoes: one pair of flip flap and one pair of confortable shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. Forget about high heels and leave your Westons at home.
  • Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
  • Raincoat and protection for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
  • Torch: take a pocket torch with you if you visit countries where the power is not reliable… Can come very handy when stuck in the dark in your room.
  • Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm. Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
  • Sleeping bag liner (if you plan to stay in very cheap or dirty places, not required if you are staying in a 5-star hotel…)
  • Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, chargers, memory card, batteries, etc.
  • Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.

Your small bag

That’s the one you keep with you, all the time. Hence, a backpack is the best option.

  • Your passportcashcredit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. Not a bad idea to put them in a zip-lock bag  in case it rains. It will keep your documents dry.
  • Your driver’s licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
  • Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash
  • Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
  • Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
  • Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit  and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
  • Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
  • Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
  • Camera and its protection.

Beach pack

Remember that this one comes on top of the Regular pack (above)

  • Beach towel or equivalent (pareos / sarongs are lighter)
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, scuba, (fins?)
  • Shoes you can wear on the beach or in the water (to protect your feet from being cut by corals)
  • Dry bag if you plan to go on a boat and want to keep your stuff dry.

Well, you will probably adjust your bag after a few trips. Remove the stuff that you have not used and add the one that you missed. Post a comment to share your tips!

Happy packing (it’s the worse part of the trip but it’s worth it…) and travelling!

Australia

Australia

  • Language: English
  • Time zone:  3 different time zone accross the country: Western GMT + 8 hours, Central GMT + 9:30 hours and Eastern GMT + 10 hours ahead Singapore
  • Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
  • Phone: + 61
  • Electricity: 240V 50 Hz

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Immigration

Visit the Australia Immigration website for the latest updates. You must apply for a Visa before going to Australia. Depending on your citizenship, you can apply for:

  • eVisitor visa is valid for 3 months and is free. For most Europeans.
  • ETA (Eletronic Travel Authority) is valid for 12 months and costs AUD 20. For Singaporeans,  Malaysians, Americans and Canadians.

National Public Holidays in Australia 

Date Holiday Comments
Jan-01 New Years Day
Jan-26 Australia Day 26 January or, if that day falls on weekend, the following Monday
Mar-02 Labour Day 1st Monday in March. WA only
Mar-09 Adelaide Cup 2nd Monday in March. SA Only
Mar-09 Canberra Day 2nd Monday in March. ACT Only
Mar-09 Labour Day 2nd Monday in March, VIC, TAS Only
Apr-03 Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
Apr-06 Easter Monday Monday after Easter Sunday
Apr-25 ANZAC Day
Apr-27 ANZAC Day (observed) Western Australia only
May-04 Labour Day 1st Monday in May. NT Only
May-10 Mothers Day 2nd Sunday in May. Not a public holiday
Jun-01 Western Australia Day First Monday in June. WA only
Jun-08 Queens Birthday 2nd Monday in June. except WA
Aug-03 Picnic Day 1st Monday in August. NT Only
Aug-12 Ekka People’s Day Royal Queensland Show. Brisbane only
Sep-06 Fathers Day 1st Sunday in September. Not a public holiday
Sep-28 Family & Community Day 1st Monday of 3rd term school holidays. ACT Only
Sep-28 Queens Birthday Last Monday in Sep, or 1st Monday in Oct. WA Only
Oct-05 Labour Day 1st Monday in October. NSW/ACT/QLD/SA
Nov-03 Melbourne Cup Day 1st Tuesday in November. VIC Only
Dec-25 Christmas Day
Dec-26 Boxing Day Known as Proclamation Day in SA
Dec-28 Boxing Day (in lieu)

* check the exact date on this website as it varies from one year to another.

When Public Holidays falls on a Sunday, the following day will be Public Holiday