Bardedjilidji Walk
  • Length: 2.5km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: East Alligator River Car park

  • End: East Alligator River Car park

  • Closest Town: Jabiru

  • Location: Kakadu National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 287km

  • State: NT

  • Latitude: -12.433056

  • Longitude: 132.970166


Bardedjilidji Walk is a 2.5km, grade 3 Return hike located in Kakadu National Park Northern Territory. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.


Bardedjilidji Walk is one of Kakadu National Park’s most interesting short walks. The 2.5 kilometre trail winds through layered sandstone, woodlands and wetlands alongside the East Alligator River. You can complete it by yourself or join the guided walk on Mondays.

Bardedjilidji is the local Aboriginal word for walking track or pathway, and also refers to the roots of waterlilies growing in freshwater swamps and billabongs. Experience a number of different habitats on the trail, from sandstone formations that were islands in the sea in at the time of the dinosaurs, to monsoon vine forest and wetland areas. Look for the black wallaroo in the early morning among the shaded sandstone outcrops. Stop at the cave that provides daytime shelter for insects, geckos and bats, and which once would have been a cool shelter for Aboriginal people. Look carefully to see some rock art here, but please do not touch/rub the paintings.

Getting there

The trail starts at a small car park 500 metres from the upstream boat ramp on the East Alligator River.

About the region

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is the unforgettable Australian experience. An opportunity to go beyond simple tourism to witness one of the world’s great nature reserves, listed as a World Heritage Area for both its cultural and natural heritage.

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Kakadu National Park offers visitors a remarkable array of experiences, from cruising on Yellow Water Billabong with 290 bird varieties and its famed wildlife, through to exploring Australia’s 50,000 year Indigenous heritage through Kakadu’s rich natural rock art galleries.

At the heart of this compelling destination is Kakadu Tourism, a fully-Indigenous owned operation that provides the region’s most authentic and professional tour options and accommodation.


For more information on these trails please visit the Do the NT.



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