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If you’re going to the gorgeous Kakadu National Park, you’ll find there is no shortage of things to see—in fact, there are so many that it can feel overwhelming deciding what to see. If you want to start your adventure as prepared as possible, make sure you go to the Bowali Visitor Centre first. You’ll want plenty of time to absorb the displays and information from the experts at the centre before exploring the park itself. Best of all, you won’t even have to pay for your experience. It’s totally free!

Bowali Visitor Centre in Kakadu National Park

The centre is named for the Bowali Creek that is located close by. If you’re looking at the architecture from the outside, you may notice that it mimics the appearance of Aboriginal rock shelters. The air-conditioned inside also provides the perfect escape from the Northern Territory’s hottest days. There are plenty of charging stations so you can juice up your phone before heading out since you’ll no doubt want to take plenty of pictures.

The Ultimate Multimedia Learning Experience at Bowali Visitor Centre

This visitor centre in Kakadu National Park presents valuable information in a variety of ways from the theatre to the library. Every half hour, you’ll have the opportunity to watch a video presentation on Kakadu including its international importance. This is also the closest you may ever be able to get to an enormous crocodile thanks to the crocodile skeleton! 

Plan Your Adventure

If you have any questions or want to ask for recommendations, the visitor centre’s staff are the right people to ask! They live and breathe Kakadu National Park, so there’s no one better to talk to about planning your adventure. You can also gather basic information about the road conditions and different routes to take.

Hands-On Learning at Bowali Visitor Centre

The Bowali Visitor Centre is so much more than just a place to learn about nature in Kakadu National Park before you see it. You can expand your knowledge of Aboriginal art and culture at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Understanding Aboriginal culture before you explore Kakadu National Park is crucial to understanding the importance of the park. You could easily spend hours here looking at all the art in addition to reading up on the kinship laws, fascinating stories of the traditional owners, and more.

See Indiginous Art Being Created

You can even see incredible art being created in real-time! Visit the centre during a pop-up culture demonstration led by local women and you can see the artists make jewellery, baskets, mats, and more right before your eyes. You’ll even have the opportunity to create your own items! If your own pieces don’t turn out quite how you’d imagined, you can always make a purchase from the gift shop to commemorate your special trip.

Take a guided tour

Before you leave the visitor centre, we recommend you take a private guide with you so you know how to get around the park. We can arrange Private tours of Kakadu National Park from Darwin or Bowali Visitor Centre. If you want some refreshments before you embark on your journey, stop by the Anmak An-me Café which is open from 9 to 5 each day. Worried about the visitor centre not being open when you show up? As long as you’re not touring Kakadu National Park on Christmas Day, the centre will be open for visitors from 8 in the morning to 5 at night!

Enjoy the Visitor Centre in Kakadu National Park with Autopia Tours

Visitor centres are rarely an attraction all on their own, but at Kakadu National Park, it is definitely a “can’t-miss” part of the adventure! If you book a 1 day tour to Kakadu National Park with Autopia Tours, we always include the Bowali Visitor Centre as part of the itinerary. To discuss your vacation plans, get in touch with us today!