East Alligator region
In the shadow of the magnificent Arnhem Land escarpment, discover rainforest, stone country, rock art, extensive floodplains and the beautiful East Alligator river. The East Alligator area features some of the best rock art in the park at the Ubirr Rock Art site, and has several bushwalks to explore. Climb up to the lookout at Ubirr to see spectacular views over the Nardab floodplain, particularly at sunset. Access to Ubirr is affected by the wet season, so check the road report. Take a cruise on the East Alligator during the dry season or on Magela Creek during the wet season with Guluyambi River Cruises.
(Check wet season access and opening times) A 1 km circular track takes you past several fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites. A moderately steep, 250 m climb takes you to the top of a rocky lookout that offers superb views over the Nadab floodplain, particularly beautiful at sunset. Allow at least 1 hour. During the dry season, rangers provide informative talks about Aboriginal art and culture several times a day.
Open April 1 to Nov 30 from 8.30am – sunset.
Dec 1 to March 31 from 2.00pm – sunset.
East Alligator River
(Check wet season access)
Just east of Merl Camping Area and the Border Store, a tidal river forms the boundary between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. The Guluyambi boat cruise operates during the dry season and on Magela Creek during the wet season. Guides explain aspects of local Aboriginal culture while you travel slowly along the waterways. Boat ramps are located upstream and downstream of Cahills Crossing.