How long is the walk to the Ubirr Lookout?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/12/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Enjoy a hike to the Ubirr Lookout to take in the stunning scenery across the Kakadu National Park.

When visiting Kakadu National Park, visiting Ubirr Rock is an absolute must. The walk to Ubirr takes around one hour, as you follow the scenic kilometre-long walking track. This walking track will lead you to Ubirr Rock, but it will take another 30 minutes or so to reach the Ubirr Lookout.

You may be wondering if the extra 30-minute hike is worth it, and the answer is yes. Though the 250-metre climb is a bit steep, the views from the lookout are absolutely unparalleled.
Now that you know how long the walk to Ubirr Rock and Ubirr Lookout is, what is there to do?

View the incredible rock art

Ubirr Rock Art

When visiting Ubirr Rock, you will want to keep an eye out for the incredible rock art decorating the smooth stone surfaces. Many of the works of art include native Australian animals such as fish, turtles, and goanna.

The rock art found here is considered some of the most well-preserved rock art in the world!

Watch a picturesque sunset

Ubirr Rock Lookout Sunset

The Ubirr Rock provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. One of the most incredible experiences at the lookout is taking in the sunset. You can sit atop the lookout as the sky changes colours with the setting sun. The surrounding landscape will be painted in various hues or earthy tones as the sun drifts towards the horizon.

Watching the sunset from the Ubirr Lookout is truly one of the most magical experiences you will encounter on your journey into Kakadu National Park.

Visit Ubirr Rock with a tour

Ubirr Rock Tour

If you prefer to visit Ubirr Rock with a tour, join our 1 Day Kakadu Tour from Darwin! This tour departs in the morning as we head into Kakadu National Park. In the national park, we will visit the Bowali Visitor Centre and Murrawuddi Gallery where you will have the opportunity to learn about the history and ecology of Kakadu. Some various videos and displays offer a unique perspective into the area.

The tour continues deeper into the national park as we visit Cahills Crossing. You may be able to spot some saltwater crocs as we make our way across the river in our 4WD vehicle. After we have safely made our way to the other side of the river, we will visit Ubirr Rock. This final stop of the tour is where you will have time to admire the amazing Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about the meaning behind the various displays. After an incredible day of exploring Kakadu National Park, we will make our way back to Darwin.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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