I’m Dreaming of Kakadu and More 5

* This post is sponsored by Gagudju Dreaming

I have a dream that one day I will get to visit the Australian national parks in the Kimberley and Northern Territory – it’s my Australian bucket list.

I’ve been very fortunate in my life and have seen a great amount of Australia, thanks mainly to my mother who would insist on making my father take all us girls on adventures into the Australian outback.

We travelled north through Cue and Wittenoom up to Port Hedland then back down past Kalbarri and Geraldton.


We went south to Albany and east to Kalgoorlie even detouring past Hyden to see Wave Rock, the Breakers and Hippos Mouth

Wave Rock

Hippos Mouth Hyden

Out to the Pinnacles


Dad strutting a pose

We even went across the Nullarbor to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and seeing everything in between.

Great Australian Bight

In my adult years I got to visit Broome, Darwin, and Alice Springs and taking in their local natural surroundings.

Standley Chasm

But I would love to see more of the natural beauty of the Kimberley and Northern Territory.

  • Beautifully coloured rock formations,
  • Cruising the wetlands
  • Watching the native wildlife,
  • Seeing the Indigenous art of bygone years

One of the reasons I haven’t been is because of the isolated locations of places like the Bungle Bungles, Gibb River Road, El Questro, and Kakadu.

Or so I thought.

Well Gagudju Dreaming in Kakadu contacted me recently to write this post and I discovered upon reading their website that Kakadu National Park is only 300km from Darwin (about 3.5-4 hour drive).  Now if you live overseas you may think that’s a bit far, but in Australian terms the distance is what most of us Australians will travel for a long weekend getaway.  The drive is also all bitumen, meaning you don’t have to hire a special off-road 4WD vehicle.

Now the other off-putting thing I find when reading about these places is the price and type of accommodation it’s either camping or luxury$$$.  At Gagudju Dreaming they offer more choice including:

  • The budget Yellow Water Camping
  • The upmarket Kakadu Crocodile Hotelcrocodile Hotel at Gagudju Dreaming
  • and the mid-ranged Cooinda Lodge offering rooms for the entire family of 4, or 6 people. The lodge even has its own swimming pool and bar with bistropool at Cooinda Lodge Gagudju
  • Cooinda Lodge bistro in Gagudju DreamingImage Credit
  • You can check out all the accommodation details and prices HERE

Now if you’ve driven all the way out to one of these stunning national parks then you really want to ensure that you see everything.  So book a tour, a lot of the national parks are offering them now.

At Gagudju Dreaming they provide:

  • 4WD Adventure tours to twin falls
  • Yellow Water Cruises taking in the native wildlife of whistling ducks, magpie geese crocodiles and buffalo.

Gagudju Dreaming is looking like a great place for the kids to experience some of the native Australian beauty.

Through researching my Australian outback national parks bucket list, I think my dream is more likely to become a reality

Have you seen some of the native Australian outback?

*DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored by Gagudju Dreaming check out their website HERE

About Sally-Ann Brown

I am Sally-Ann the author of Toddlers on Tour. I am a wife and mother who has always had a passion for travel. I love sharing my experiences and lessons learned to help you have a better family holiday or day trip. Read "All About Me" under the "Home" tab to discover my story and what lead me to here.

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5 thoughts on “I’m Dreaming of Kakadu and More

  • Tegan

    Australia really does some of the most amazing natural sights. I lived in the bush as a kid and we used to love going exploring on our push bikes, coming home when the streetlights came on..usually covered in mud.

  • Tegan

    Australia really does some of the most amazing natural sights. I lived in the bush as a kid and we used to love going exploring on our push bikes, coming home when the streetlights came on..usually covered in mud.

  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    This is already on my Aussie bucket list. I used to think that I would leave travel in Australia until I was too old to jump on a plane and hike across the world, but the more I see of it the more I want to see, and see it now! You have been so lucky to have seen so much already.

    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderust x

    • Sally-Ann Brown Post author

      Malinda, I think one of the reasons many haven’t seen as much of Australia today as we use to is because flights are so cheap now. When I was growing up in the 70’s it was just too expensive to take the whole family overseas so we would go camping and caravanning.