When can you cross Cahills Crossing?

When can you cross Cahills Crossing?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/21/2022

Reading time: 3 mins

Kakadu is one of the world’s most majestic natural wonderlands. This incredible playground of abundant wildlife, ancient culture, cascading falls and towering peaks is like nowhere else on Earth, and it never fails to inspire those who explore its hallowed terrain.

One of the most adrenaline-pumping spots in the whole national park is that of Cahills Crossing, a causeway traversing a river that just so happens to be a favourite haunt of Kakadu’s most fearsome beast, the saltwater crocodile.

Yes, salties love Cahills Crossing: it’s where they set themselves up for a soak, a bit of sun and a delicious feed, roaming the causeway like the terrifying dinosaurs they truly are.

The best time to cross Cahills Crossing is in the dry season from May to September, with the causeway closed during the wet season from October to April.

Crossing the causeway via 4WD at this time of the year will allow you to spot plenty of these magnificent beasts as they search with precision for a meal. This being said, you absolutely must remember to stay away from the water’s edge and never attempt to cross the causeway on foot – doing so could be nothing short of *at least* an attempted suicide.

Once you have experienced the thrill seeking joys of Cahills Crossing it’s time to experience some of Kakadu’s other unforgettable adventures, including the following:


Kakadu is a wondrous harmony between man and nature, and nothing encapsulates this more than the most incredible Nourlangie rock. Upon first glance, Nourlangie is a marvellous rock bulging out of the Earth below.

But then you hike up into its intersecting paths to find something just as spectacular: ancient rock art. The local Gun-djeihmi have been painting this sacred site for around 20,000 years, documenting life in Kakadu over aeons. It’s a truly incredible sight to see and something that should be at the top of your Kakadu itinerary.

Gunlom plunge pool

Forget the human made infinity pools of Singapore and Shanghai, Kakadu has played host to the world’s most beautiful one for millennia! The Gunlom plunge pool is possibly the world’s most sublime natural pool: an amazing waterhole situated at the top of a climb that overlooks the magical expanse that is Kakadu.

There is nothing better than climbing up to the Gunlom plunge after a big day of exploring this most enchanting part of the world.


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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