Starting from the dirt car park on Bardedjilidji Road, Kakadu, this walk takes you on a circuit in the riverbank of East Alligator River, visiting a cosy cave along the way. Most of the people underestimate the beauty of this walk yet it is one of the most unique walks that can make you forget what century you are in. Expect a quiet walk in nature that is decorated by amazing sandstone formations, some of which will dazzle you with their sheer size. Millions of years ago, these formations were actually islands in the ocean. The track features a shady cave and some Aboriginal rock art as well. Speaking of, Bardedjilidji actually means ‘walking track’ or ‘pathway’. If you’re lucky, you may run into a black wallaroo as you meander through the woodland. Watch out for crocodiles and wild boars (feral pigs). Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Kakadu Highway, 21 then drive for 207.6 km
Turn left onto Arnhem Highway, 36 and drive for another 1.4 km
Turn right onto Oenpelli Road and drive for another 36 km
Turn right onto Bardedjildji Road and drive for another 1.9 km
Turn right and drive for another 25 m
Turn right and drive for another 35 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the dirt car park on Bardedjilidji Road (380 metres southeast of Boat Ramp Car Park), head towards a sheltered seating area as you pass by multiple signposts on both sides. Pass through the said sheltered area and head along the narrow walking track, moving directly away from the road. Follow the said track as it meanders deeper into the bushland to continue along the Bardedjilidji Circuit(counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Start heading along Bardedjilidji Walk.
There is a car park (about 7 m back from the start).
After another 840 m (at the intersection of Sandstone River Walk & Bardedjilidji Walk) veer left, to head along Bardedjilidji Walk.
After another 1 km continue straight, to head along Bardedjilidji Walk.
After another 165 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)