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Sightseeing for older couple

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Sightseeing for older couple

We are an older couple with some leg problems and would like to do a 2 or 3 day trip to Kakadu after a few days in Darwin. We've been doing some reading about places to see in Kakadu and there seems to be a lot of climbing involved to get to some of the sights. If this is so, we are wondering if we should give it a miss. We'll probably go to Litchfield as well. We would appreciate any advice.

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1. Re: Sightseeing for older couple

Hi Tessie

There is climbing involved in a number of the sites at Kakadu, but there is also plenty to see on the flat.

For example both of the main art sites, Ubirr and Nourlangie have areas where you climb to a lookout, but you don't have to do this bit as they also both have wheelchair accessible tracks from which you can see most of the art.

There are also a couple of short flat walks such as Mangarre and Mamukala wetlands you can enjoy. Plus you could do a cruise at Yellow Water or the Gulyumbi Cruise on the East Alligator River - or both as they are totally different.

Each of these sites is as easily accessible as Litchfield, and if you combine the two you will get a great taste of the Top End without ruining the knees.

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2. Re: Sightseeing for older couple

Depends on how dicey your knees are but at Nourlangie there are steps and a boardwalk so the tourists have to stay on the path and not wander off damaging the vegetation. Ubirr requires you to walk over rocks to get to the actual rock where the paintings are and then it is walking up uneven rocks, probably be best to give that part a miss. However the wheel chair access part allows you to see some of the art. Shaz has mentioned two flat walks, but you do not mention when you are planning on visiting Kakadu and if it is between October and May, you may find the humidity a problem when walking.

For some of the gorges such as Barramundi you can walk in a short way from the parking area but you cannot really see much of the gorge.

At Litchfield NP at Wangi Falls there is a level path and a board walk which should not be a problem but don't take the board walk once the stairs start as that section is a long climb, Tolmer Falls involves a walk though the path is sealed and no steep sections. Bouley waterholes is over uneven ground and not suitable, same for the long stair case down to the pool.

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