Tread Lightly — Travelling Kakadu the Sustainable Way

We care about Kakadu National Park with its special places and beautiful people.

That’s why we’d like to share our tread lightly policy with travellers coming to Kakadu. No news to those who’ve been choosing sustainable travel options for a while, we have just adapted a few points to pay tribute to Kakadu’s unique conditions:

Travel responsibly on designated roads and trails and in permitted areas only.

  • Adhere to road closures, they’re in place for good reason
  • Keep on the track, even if it’s muddy
  • Never take shortcuts or go bush bashing
  • If you haven’t got a 4WD stay off designated 4WD tracks
  • Camp only in designated camp sites

Respect the rights of others.

  • You’re visiting Aboriginal Land, respect the rights of its Traditional Owners
  • Respect Aboriginal cultural sites and private property
  • Allow your fellow travellers and others to enjoy their recreational activities undisturbed
  • People visit Kakadu National Park to connect with nature, show consideration for other visitors
  • Everything in the park is protected by law
  • Never disturb or remove plants, animals or Aboriginal artefacts

Educate yourself by obtaining information, maps, permits and regulations.

  • Visit Bowali, Kakadu National Park’s headquarters and visitor centre or call (08) 8938 1121
  • While you’re there, check the road condition report and the “What’s On” guide to find out about ranger-guided activities
  • Plan for your trip and come well equipped
  • Know how to operate your equipment safely and where you’re permitted to use it

Avoid sensitive areas such river banks, wetlands and floodplains, unless on designated routes.

  • Protect sensitive soils from damage
  • Leaving formed tracks causes erosion and destroys plants
  • Protect wildlife habitats and do not interfere with wild animals
  • Feeding animals can make them sick or turn them into aggressive scavengers
  • Avoid spreading noxious weeds or feral pests

Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it.

  • Properly dispose of waste
  • Pick up any rubbish you find
  • Carry out all rubbish, including cigarette butts, orange peels and apple cores
  • Never bury rubbish or discard in fire places
  • Use a toilet if available or go as far as practical from water and campsites and bury waste as deep as possible
  • Exposed toilet paper and human waste is an eyesore and a health hazard
  • Detergents and soaps pollute the water and harm aquatic  life. Wash yourself and your dinner dishes as far as practical from water sources
  • Use detergents only when necessary
  • Preferably apply sunscreen after your swim, wear UV-protective clothing to protect yourself
  • Use designated fireplaces and use firewood sparingly
  • Collect firewood within the national park, do not bring firewood into Kakadu National Park
  • Keep in mind that hollow logs are often inhabited by nocturnal animals


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