Darwin to Kakadu Day Trip by Air Including Yellow Water Cruise

Darwin to Kakadu Day Trip by Air Including Yellow Water Cruise

7 hours 30 minutes Eaton, Australia

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The Darwin Day Tripper is the perfect one day visit to Kakadu from Darwin.

This tour includes over 2 hours of scenic flights, the MUST DO Yellow Water River Cruise, adequate time on ground to lunch at Cooinda, a visit to an Aboriginal Visitor Centre and still be back in Darwin for late afternoon and evening activities.

This iconic tour is ideal for the time poor due to the long distances involved. The bonus of aircraft travel is not just limited to saving time though, it's really about the 2 hours of extraordinary views of the Arafura Coast, vast floodplains, winding rivers, stunning Arnhem Land Plateau, Jim Jim and Twin falls (in the wet season) and so many other major sites!

With a guaranteed window seat on all our flights sit back and take in the majesty of Australia's largest National Park whilst absorbing the informative commentary. 
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Stop At: Kakadu National Park, Kakadu National Park, Top End, Northern Territory

Kakadu is dual-listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List for its outstanding natural and cultural values. No trip to the Northern Territory is complete without a visit to this iconic National Park.

Duration: 5 hours


  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Live commentary on board
  • Yellow Water River Cruise
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch & Drinks


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Customer car park

Departure Point

Kakadu Air Services, 2 Slade Ct, Eaton NT 0820, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Check In: All flights require a check in 30 minutes prior to the advertised departure time. A late departure is likely to affect passengers on following flights. Our Goal is to remain on time, if your arrival is likely to be delayed please inform us urgently, we will offer you alternative options.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. A minimum of 4 people per booking is required.
  • Flights are subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking. Please don’t be offended or concerned, Kakadu Air operates light aircraft, take-off weight is a safety issue, we will not fly over weight, or compromise safety.
  • Due to the safety and weight / balance of the aircraft, we have a weight limitation of 130kg. If you are this weight please contact our reservations direct.
  • The Company reserves the following rights, to cancel, or to postpone any flight without notice should a circumstance occur that might represent a threat to the safe conduct of the flight or tour.
  • Reservations cancelled inside 24 hours from departure will forfeit payment in full.
  • Kakadu Air respects the “Kakadu National Park managements” voluntary code of conduct known as the “The fly neighborly policy”. This policy limits flights to a certain minimum height above terrain, and distance lateral from about 30 locations in Kakadu. Jim Jim and Twin falls are two of these locations. These Falls are viewed freely in our WET SEASON flights as the roads are closed. In the DRY SEASON when the roads are open there are no flights over Jim Jim and Twin Falls.
  • The Company and the pilot in command may refuse the carriage of a passenger, if that passenger could be regarded as likely to cause annoyance or offence to, or threaten the safety of the flight or any person on that flight.
  • In refusing service to any person or persons for reason of drunkenness, annoyance, offence, or threat to flight passengers or crew, the company refuses liability for any inconvenience or cost related to our refusal for the passenger or freight to travel.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers


84 Reviews

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334tonit November 2021

Absolutely fantastic day. Cannot recommend this highly enough and has inspired us to do more travel in the top end. Daryl (our pilot) was very knowledgeable and couldn’t have done anything else to make the day better. Just an awesome experience

U6201FXdebm November 2021

An amazing bucket list experience flying from Darwin to Kakadu and then on to the Yellow Water Cruise. Our pilot James was brilliant, very informative and we got the gold treatment the whole day :) So thank you James for all your knowledge and kindness, much appreciated !

Lauren_C October 2021

A must do when wanting to see Kakadu in a day! Darrel was great for our flight and lily was great for our yellow river cruise. Amazing very views and service. Very nice food for lunch too

Lynda_E October 2021

My 73yr old Mum & I did this trip and it was amazing, our Pilot Daryl was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Port_Anfield October 2021

We had an amazing experience with Kakadu Air. Super flexible policy around booking and refunds for interstate customers and really easy to deal with. Loved the flight over country and seeing the different terrain, fantastic art gallery on the visit, brilliant Aboriginal tour guide for the East Alligator River trip and then a truly special time at Ubirr. What more could you want? Our pilot and driver Matthew was an amazing travel companion all day and he made the trip a real experience of a lifetime. Totally recommend!

Graeme_C October 2021

What a great experience! We were lucky to be the only 2 on our flight and Daryl our pilot was so informative throughout the flight. The scenery is spectacular. We saw heaps of crocs and bird wildlife on our cruise. The whole day was fantastic. Thoroughly recommend this tour as you get to see so much more from the air than by bus. Thankyou for a very memorable day team.

102mandyb October 2021

We highly recommend this tour. David our pilot and tour guide was very knowledgeable. We had a spectacular 1.5 hour scenic flight from Darwin to Kakadu with so much to see along the coast line then following the Alligator Rivers and then to the edge of Arnhem land with so many rock formations to see. David told us about the aboriginal significance of the sites. Once we landed at Kakakdu, we boarded the yellow water cruise, which was amazing. Such serenity with many crocs and such a diverse range of birds to see. Lunch was delicious. It was great to learn about local aboriginal culture at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. The flight back took a different route with more to see. We so recommend this amazing tour, we thought it was good value

gordonrN5877ST October 2021

Peter, Johnny & Team, Thanks for a great day out in Kakadu. Ono of the most enjoyable tours that I have had with expert pilots, commentary and hospitality. I look forward to returning to Darwin and taking another one of your tours. All the best, safe flying.

Jacqueline_C October 2021

A brilliant day with David as our pilot and his team. Excellent knowledge and information about Kakadu, the lands and the clans and people. Every need anticipated...right down to the very chilled clothes to refresh yourself on the trip home. I don't know what these guys are paid but I hope they are being rewarded for such incredible professionalism and hospitality. The flight was breathtaking, the tour of the river was perfect with so many native animals to see, Ella our boat driver was so knowledgeable about the area, animals and indigenous culture. Everything I could ever want having such a short time to explore this amazing part of Australia.

Sally_M October 2021

My daughter and I enjoyed the trip very much. The crew were impressive young men, we felt safe in their hands. It was great that the flight there and back were such different experiences. The yellow river cruise was interesting, leisurely and informative. Lunch was very tasty, and swimming in the pool, a lovely windup for us . Overall a wonderful experience, thank you.

katherineaO6976SL October 2021

It was a truly marvellous experience! The only way to appreciate the size, magnitude and diversity of Kakadu. The scenic flight was wonderful and the commentary both informative and amusing. Watch out for Dave’s bears!!!! The Yellow River cruise was also fantastic 27 crocs and all the iconic birds of Kakadu made an appearance. Thank you Dave and Wayne.

KJC_Oz October 2021

What a fantastic trip. My partner uses a manual wheelchair, and this was not an issue. Kakadu Air welcomed us checking the plane at the airport before we booked, to ensure that my partner could enter the plane OK. Our pilot, Peter, was great and very knowledgeable, pointing out the many points of interest during the flight to Cooinda. The Yellow Water Cruise was beautiful, seeing many crocodiles and different species of birds. We even saw a white crocodile, which our Cruise guide was amazed to see - he was jumping out of his skin when he spotted it. Lunch at the cafe was excellent before visiting the cultural centre and flying back to Darwin. What an amazing day. Highly recommended.

jimoJ7793HL September 2021

David, our pilot and guide, was a really great guy. Lots of fun and kept us laughing the whole day. He had fantastic knowledge of the region and pointed out some wonderful sites on our flight over going closer for photo opportunities. The river boat tour was very relaxing and the guide really knew a lot about the flora and fauna. You could tell she really loved the place. What an unforgettable day.

Victor_S September 2021

Yellow river cruise, cultural center,sitting in the front seat on the flight back. David was very helpful and informative

ebbo11 September 2021

Every thing from when I first booked the flights for my son and I was a pleasure David our Pilot was fantastic with his knowledge of the areas north NT and he kept a smile on everyone’s face on the plane trip down and back from Kakadu. We always knew what was going on and I felt extremely safe. The boat tour was amazing. Coming from North Queensland I have seen a couple of crocodile over the years, today we seen over 25 ranging from a meter or so up to 3.5 meters or a bit more. The young lady who took us on the boat tour, sorry I can’t remember her name, had a great knowledge of the fauna and flora of the area. The whole tour was very well organised and it will some very good and lasting memories for my son and me. I would highly recommend to anyone

Albert_L September 2021

A great way to fill in a day seeing some out of the way sights in a hurry. Very enjoyable. Loved that there were only the 3 passengers giving a personable experience.

Boris_T September 2021

900am start, Small group of 4, wonderful pilot Peter, who flew us over kakadu in a cessna at 1500 feet. We were able to see the landscape up close and cover immense distances in 90 minutes. The yellow river cruise was terrific with lots of crocs and wildlife. Lunch was great and the cultural centre fascinating. Back at Darwin airport by 4pm. Good value tour that defeats the tyranny of distance!

sally_p September 2021

Seeing the escarpment learning about aboriginal beliefs Landscape was breathtaking Pilot Daryl was very very informative and catered to all our needs

WayneS695 September 2021

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left Kakadu Air at Slade court, Darwin we were treated as special guests. Check in was easy and our Pilot for the day was Dave, there was just the two of us and Dave on this trip and he made sure we were comfortable, ran through the safety instructions etc and gave a full and comprehensive commentary as we flew on the Scenic flight to Kakadu. Smooth landing at Cooinda, transfer to Kakadu Airs own van and driven to the Resort cafe, then on to the Yellow Water Boat Cruise where Dave left us with the boat guide. We did the Yellow Water Cruise siting many many Crocodiles and Birds including Jabaru's and Sea eagles and enjoyed good commentary on the cruise as well. back at the cafe after the Cruise we enjoyed a very nice lunch and then we flew back to Darwin. A really great and informative day and a good way to get a taste of Kakadu in a short time. had friends who traveled by bus to do basically the same as we did but they took 2 Days where we did it in one. Would recommend Fly with Kakadu Air

Margaret R September 2021

This was truly awesome. The scenic flight to Cooinda gave us magnificent views to all aspects of Kakadu and then to land at Cooinda in the middle of nowhere and do the wetlands cruise was a once in a lifetime experience. A fantastic way to see what Kakadu is all about and we were so lucky to see so much wildlife; crocs, water buffalo, wild horses, feral pigs, ibises, jabirus and many many other bird and plant species. We then had a spectacular lunch at Cooinda Lodge before returning home. Josh, Matthew and Ella from the cruise - kudos to you guys. I have great admiration for you. Your passion shines through . Worth every cent.

Donna R August 2021

Thank you so much from all of us for an absolutely fantastic day. From take off to landing back in Darwin, everything ran like clock work. The staff were friendly and helpful, very knowledgeable and passionate about Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Special thanks to our wonderful pilot, Daryl; and to Peter who piloted the other plane. I can’t imagine seeing this incredible part of Australia in any other way - seeing it from the air was incredibly humbling. The Yellow River cruise was brilliant and we saw so much wildlife! Our guide (sorry, can’t remember his name) was very experienced and knowledgeable and took the time to take us up close to see crocodiles basking on the river bank, and point out the myriad of bird life and water buffalos which most of us would probably have missed if not for his skilled eye. Explaining the Aboriginal way of life and living on country in this part of Australia was very helpful. And lunch was delicious too! I can’t say enough positive things about this tour. Probably the best I’ve done and I’ve travelled extensively around the world. Well worth every cent - we are so glad we did it and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Top End! Thank you again, we will remember this day well with many happy memories! Regards, Donna, Chris, Linda & Jenny from Toowoomba QLD Australia

Mr_Magoo August 2021

Simply a great experience seeing the sites & cultural history by air with commentary every step of the way.

James_S July 2021

Daryl and James from Kakadu Airservices we’re exceptional Seeing Kakadu from the air was really special and then to visit the yellow water cruise and being so close to all the wildlife was amazing

deniseir2015 July 2021

Denise and I had a great time. Many thanks to Cameron for wonderful commentary on the flight down and to the team for smooth flying both ways. The food was good and Dennis was a great laugh on the cruise. The whole day was a real pleasure and we look forward to flying with Kakadu Air in the future. Well done to one and all
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