What is Cahills Crossing ?

What is Cahills Crossing ?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/04/2024

Reading time: 2 mins

Come see for yourself Australia’s deadliest crossing filled with crocodiles.

Up in the Northern Territory, about a three-hour drive from Darwin is the famous Cahills Crossing. Located within Kakadu National Park, Cahills Crossing is a great viewing area to spot the large saltwater crocodiles in the wild.

The best time to visit Cahills Crossing

If you’re aiming to visit Cahills Crossing for your excellent croc spotting experience, you should come between July to November. Three platforms directly look over Cahills Crossing, providing great views to spot the large predators.

There are that many crocodiles here, it’s said there are about five to nine crocs per kilometre. There are around 50 or more between Cahills Crossing and the East Alligator River boat ramp.

How to get to Cahills Crossing

The only way to get to Cahills Crossing from Darwin is by booking a Kakadu tour or driving a car. You can hire a car and drive the three hours or enjoy a day filled with exploring Kakadu and stopping by Cahills Crossing on this one-day tour.

Can I cross Cahills Crossing?

You can cross Cahills Crossing, but it can be extremely dangerous. For starters, you will need to have a high clearance four-wheel drive with a snorkel and to ensure you cross at low tide.

It’s recommended to cross when the river is about 0.5 metres and to also make sure the water isn’t flowing too quickly. If you’re unsure, it’s best not to cross.

If you do plan to cross Cahills Crossing safely, you will also need a permit to enter the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park which is on the other side.


A short drive from Cahills Crossing is Ubirr, famous for having Aboriginal rock art. Some of these rock arts have been painted and repainted since 40,000 BC, with most of the art being painted about 2000 years ago.

If you follow the walk around Ubirr, it will take about an hour and it stops by the different sites. You can also add 30 minutes extra of the walk and go to Nadab Lookout.

Ensure you stop by the nearby Bowali Visitor Centre for more information.

Keen to check out Cahills Crossing and other parts of Kakadu National Park? Book this one-day tour and experience an unforgettable day!

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.