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Kakadu in December

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Kakadu in December

Hi All

We have a wonderful 4 week family holiday in AUS planned for nearly all of December this year. We had thought to spend one of our weeks in Kakadu having read such great things about it. Now I have done a little more homework, i'm concerned by the wet season and the fact that my son is 10 yrs old.

I know that companies still offer excursions in wet season, but is it worth it?

Any advice on either good companies to use for family breaks in wet season, or alternatives to kakadu which may be more appropriate would be received with much gratitude!

So far our plan is to spend some time in Sydney, up to Uluru, on to Kakadu for a week, across to Cairns and down to the Whitsundays, then on to Brisbane and back to Sydney.

Thanks!

Adam.

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1. Re: Kakadu in December

december should be fine.

it will be more likely HOT than wet. altho it might be very wet. it depends on when the monsoon comes in. hopefully you'll just get a couple of really fun storms. (they are fun, lots of light and sound but not at really dangerous)

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2. Re: Kakadu in December

We were in Kakadu early September and used a bus company AATKings - you travel on an airconditioned comfortable coach with very informative drivers. Just google Kakadu tours and you will find some options to have a look at. I would highly recommend them - no complaints. We stayed at the Skycity Casino hotel in Darwin, with a lot of rooms overlooking the ocean, it has a pool with shade covering it for cooling off in. We based ourselves there for most of the week, with a day tour to Litchfield National Park, then a 2 day tour at the end to Kakadu. In December I know the humidity in the Top End is quite high and not pleasant, but a lot of Australia can be hot in December, so as long as you have an air conditioned room and transport, you can minimise the discomfort. You will love Uluru, Kakadu, Cairns and Whitsundays without a doubt. Brisbane is nice, but if you fly into Coolangatta airport (or even if you fly into Brisbane it is only about an hours drive to GC) you have the experience of the Gold Coast. I would prefer the Gold Coast to staying in Brisbane - in particular Broadbeach area is my favourite. Surfers Paradise is a bit touristy in comparison, and at Broadbeach, there is a big Shopping Centre (Pacific Fair) within walking distance, the Casino, plenty of restaurants and most accommodation is a few steps from the beautiful beach, and I just like the feel of Broadbeach over SP (which if you want to see, is only a 5 min bus ride away). The tourist attractions of Dreamworld, WetnWild, and Movieworld, are only about 30min drive (which your son would love)Seaworld is closer and is also a great day out. Hope this gives you some ideas. Enjoy you trip.

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3. Re: Kakadu in December

Kakadu will be very humid and hot but if you are in air conditioned buses it will be ok until you step outside! Just adjust your walking yntil you get used to it and be aware of sunburn as the sun is overhead at that time and take plenty of fluids, not lolly water.

The countryside will be very dry and burnt, not until January will it be very green.

As mentioned by others see Google for buses but Kings are reliable. I suggest you don't use the cheaper ones which put the passengers sideways in a Toyota troopcarrier, they are uncomfortable and can be hot.

A week might be a bit long at this time of the year for Kakadu unless you are visiting other nearby sites... Adelaide river Jumping Croc, Fogg Dam. Windows on the Wetland and Darwin and Lichfield.

You could do a 4wd trip to Jim Jim falls, 1/2 a day and the other sites a doable from say Jabiru in 2 days. Some of the tours are camping ones, be uncomfortable at that time of the year due to the humidity. Think they have stopped by then

Uluru in December be very hot and dry, might give you sinus problems, the Rock cannot be climbed on days when the temperature is going to be high as there is no shade at all.

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4. Re: Kakadu in December

You really do have to be comfortable in the heat and humidity as it can be very draining. Coming from your winter, you might find it pretty tough, unless of course you feel at home in the really warm weather. Uluru is in the desert, so no humidity but very, very hot and not sure how your young fella will enjoy it. We also have warm to hot weather down south but there is no humidity and generally the weather is much milder than the north of the country. Have you considered places like Perth, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Great Ocean Road, Tasmania, south coast of NSW....??

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5. Re: Kakadu in December

Some of the best locations like Jim Jim Falls could be closed in December. There might be rain in December but the storms that come across can be amazing and well worth seeing just for the storms themselves.

You will still get into many places so it is still well worth the trip.

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