Australian Outback Camping
Northern Territory
Kakadu National Park

Australian Outback - Kakadu National Park

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Mardugal Campground

Kakadu National Park

96km north east of Mary River Roadhouse

The Top End Northern Territory


S12.92746 E132.53803

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Australian Outback Camping - Kakadu National Park (Mardugal Campground)

Kakadu National Park is a very special place. The majesty of this vast wilderness is awe inspiring. We first came here 10 years ago and it has remained in our hearts ever since. This time we wanted to come in the wet and we weren't disappointed. In the wet Kakadu takes on a different character all together...the rivers burst their banks, the greenery literally drips off the trees and life abounds.

Mardugal Campground is a great place to camp. The campsites lead off the main camp ground road down narrow bush tracks to clearings in the forest - providing spacious, very private, shady campsites. There is a separate area for tent camping with smaller campsites.

The shower/toilet block is large and well maintained, with plenty of hot showers. There are also some sheltered outside sinks for washing up.

Australian Outback - Kakadu National Park - Salt Water Crocodile On The Yellow Water River Cruise

This Kakadu campground is really close to the Yellow Water Wetlands (part of the South Alligator River). The location of the Yellow Water River cruise is only 5 minutes drive away.

Going on the Yellow Water River was a real highlight for us and is probably the best chance you'll have to spot a salt water crocodile. We've done this cruise in both the wet and the dry season and it was very different in each - it is amazing how much of the park floods in the wet.

Australian Outback Camping - Kakadu National Park (Mardugal Campground)

Kakadu is wonderful in both the wet and the dry seasons for each season brings different wonders. But the wet season makes a lot of the park inaccessible by road (even in a 4wd). Before coming to Kakadu in the wet season check out the daily reports on road/campsite closures.

Our best advice if you come here in the wet season, if you can afford it, is to take a scenic flight. We ummmed and arrred about taking a scenic flight because it wasn't really in our budget, but we are SO glad we did it.

It was one of the best experiences ever. We would never have realised how awesome Kakadu is in the wet if we hadn't taken to the air - to sore over its swollen rivers and plunging waterfalls in a tiny metal capsule was a memory that will always stay with us.

Would you like to see our Kakadu photos from the air?


$10 per adult (under 16’s are free)


Approximately 40 campsites


All year

(the camping sites near to the river are subject to closure in the wet season due to flooding and croc risk!)


First come first served


14 nights

Australian Outback - Kakadu National Park - Aboriginal Rock Art At Nourlangie Rock


  • Dirt floor campsites/pitches
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Showers (hot and free)
  • Non-drinking water
  • BBQ/grill
  • Picnic tables/benches

Note: no drinking water (although a drinking water tank is provided in the peak season)








  • Hiking (there is a 2km from the campground through the woods)
  • Scenic drive through Kakadu
  • Fishing
  • Yellow Water River Cruise (from Gagudju Lodge Cooinda - is 5 minutes drive away)
  • Tour-led activities (from Jabiru - 1 hours drive away)

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