There are a million – in fact, up to six million – reasons to visit Kakadu over the ‘green’ season.
Until the end of February, the NT Million Dollar Fish competition is offering a record prize pool with five million-dollar tagged barramundi, 100 $10,000-tagged barramundi and 20 purple-tagged barramundi, each delivering $2500 to the angler and $2500 to a local charity.
The first two $10,000 barras in this season’s competition were caught on Yellow Water Billabong, at Cooinda, the most family friendly location in Kakadu. It is the base for Yellow Water Cruises and also offers a range of accommodation – from camp sites to newly-refurbished lodge rooms – along with two swimming pools, a restaurant, petrol station and shop.
Even better, Cooinda Lodge is offering rates from $139 per night for family rooms till the end of February, with advance bookings (21 days) attracting a further saving of $20 per night, reducing rates to as low as $119 per room. Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in nearby Jabiru has a similar advance purchase deal with rates starting from $129 per night.
Gudjewg is the Aboriginal term for the green season and it offers remarkably rich experiences for visitors as thunderstorms build in the afternoons (think Vivid in the outback), the dry land turns green, streams begin to run, and the new breeding season commences.
Sealed roads make most of Kakadu’s prime attractions accessible throughout the green season.
Spectacular rock art can be viewed at Nourlangie, cooling swims can be enjoyed in waterholes such as Motor Car Falls, and hundreds of bird species along with crocodiles and other wildlife are active on Yellow Water Billabong.
And who knows, bring a rod and you can return home a millionaire!
Bookings and itinerary ideas – www.kakadutourism.com or 1800 500 401