Nawurlandja Lookout in Kakadu National Park offers breathtaking views of Nourlangie Rock across Anbangbang Billabong and also boasts sweeping views of Arnhem Land escarpment.
It’s less popular than Ubirr Rock Lookout in Kakadu which makes it a great attraction to visit at sunrise or sunset without the crowds and, in my opinion, it’s equally as impressive!
This World Heritage-listed site in Kakadu offers some of the most spectacular views in the Northern Territory and acts as the perfect spot for photographers, adventurers, and travelers alike.
I have put together this complete guide of Nawurlandja Lookout including where to find it, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.
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WHERE IS NAWURLANDJA LOOKOUT?
Nawurlandja Lookout is located in Kakadu National Park, 282 kilometers south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Sealed roads will take you all the way from Darwin to Kakadu National Park. You should allow 2-3 hours, one way.
Access to the Kakadu National Park is available all year round and an entry pass is also required. To save time on this already quite long journey, I would recommend purchasing a pass online before you leave.
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View of Nourlangie Rock from the lookout
KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TOUR
If you happen to be in Darwin and planning to visit Kakadu National Park, there is one tour that I can highly recommend which covers all the highlights on a full-day trip from Darwin.
The Kakadu National Park Explorer Full Day Tour is the most top-rated tour with great reviews and hundreds of bookings.
This tour covers the top attractions in Kakadu National Park such as Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and Nourlangie Rock! With a hassle-free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Darwin, a hearty lunch and an English-speaking guide. All this for just $309 AUD.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
With this part of Australia being a very dry climate and with Kakadu National Park being open all year round, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your trip and deciding what time is best to visit.
I would recommend visiting in the spring/summer, to make sure you stay dry, so you can do the walking trails around the lookout and so you have the chance to visit in the morning or evening and capture the incredible sunrise or sunset.
Bear in mind, during the day it’s far too hot to visit with the intense sun beaming down. So the best time of day to check out this stunning attraction will definitely be morning or evening.
Whichever time of day you plan to visit, you know you’re going to be in for an epic adventure, and make sure you pack your camera as the sunrise and sunsets are pretty hard to beat!
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View of Nourlangie Rock
Sunset at the lookout
ARRIVING AT NAWURLANDJA LOOKOUT
Once you have turned off the freeway and taken the road 19 kilometers south of the Bowali Visitor Centre, along the sealed road and through Kakadu National Park, you will reach a large car park which is signposted.
There is plenty of free parking spaces available, especially when visiting early morning or late afternoon.
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From the car park, follow the graveled track and after a 5-minute walk, you will emerge at the lookout.
Along the way, you will pass significant historical rock sites that have huge cultural importance. Most tourists can manage this walk but something to be mindful of, it is quite a steep uphill walk to get to the lookout.
Note: There are no toilets or drinking water facilities here so be prepared ahead of time.
The uphill walk to the lookout
WHAT TO EXPECT AT NAWURLANDJA LOOKOUT
The first thing to expect and the thing that will not let you down no matter what time of year you visit is the breathtaking scenery.
Enjoy 360-degree views of the sprawling landscapes across Kakadu National Park. The rugged landscapes, the dense bushland, and the huge rock formations are just some of the amazing things to expect at this epic lookout. Not to mention, the front-row view of the enormous Nourlangie Rock.
There are over 5000 Aboriginal Rock Sites here at Kakadu National Park and a few of those are located here. Spend time wandering around these rock sites, soaking up the history and reading all about how these rock sites became places of such massive cultural importance.
If walking is your thing, take the 40 minute round trip walking trail. Navigate your way through the bushland, around the base of Nourlangie Rock, and back up to the lookout itself. This is a great way to get in some exercise whilst exploring the surrounding areas at this location.
Nourlangie Rock Art site
As I mentioned before, it’s better to visit this location at either sunrise or sunset. You’ll find the temperatures more bearable, especially if you plan on taking a walk around the trail.
Visiting at this time of day will also make your trip more pleasurable, it’ll mean you can slow down the pace, stop off and take a seat whilst enjoying the spectacular views around you. It’s not a site you want to rush as the pure vastness of it all is really something you want to fully take in and absorb.
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This part of Australia often gets missed out, especially these more remote National Parks that are slightly off the beaten track. However, if you can afford to take the day trip to Kakadu National Park and explore the surrounding areas, you really will thank yourself later.
Whether your a photographer looking for that epic sunrise shot or a traveler wanting to experience as much of Australia as possible, Nawurlandja is for sure a top contender on your travel itinerary.
Enjoying the view
Sunset overlooking Nourlangie Rock
WHERE TO STAY IN KAKADU
There are dozens of accommodation options to choose from in Kakadu, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of Kakadu accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: MERCURE KAKADU CROCODILE HOTEL
MID-RANGE: COOINDA LODGE KAKADU
MID-RANGE: AURORA LODGE KAKADU
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I hope from this guide you’ll have all the information you need for an epic adventure to this awesome viewpoint.
If you have any questions at all, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
This trip was in association with NT Tourism and Backyard Bandits.