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There are 4 ways to get from Sydney to Kakadu National Park by plane, bus or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Darwin, bus, travel  •  12h 49m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Darwin (DRW) SYD - DRW
  2. Take the bus from Palmerston to Aurora Kakadu Resort
  3. Travel from Aurora Kakadu Resort to Kakadu National Park

3 alternative options

Fly to Maningrida, travel  •  11h 12m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Maningrida (MNG) SYD - MNG
  2. Travel from Maningrida to Kakadu National Park

Fly to Gove, travel  •  16h 48m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Gove (GOV) SYD - GOV
  2. Travel from Gove to Kakadu National Park

Train, bus, travel  •  3 days 6h

  1. Take the train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
  2. Take the train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
  3. Take the bus from Alice Springs to Palmerston
  4. Take the bus from Palmerston to Aurora Kakadu Resort
  5. Travel from Aurora Kakadu Resort to Kakadu National Park

Questions & Answers

The distance between Sydney and Kakadu National Park is 3048 km.

The best way to get from Sydney to Kakadu National Park without a car is to train and bus and travel which takes 3 days 6h and costs .

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It takes approximately 12h 49m to get from Sydney to Kakadu National Park, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Darwin Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 30m.

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Kakadu National Park is 1h 30m behind Sydney. It is currently 7:07 PM in Sydney and 5:37 PM in Kakadu National Park.

Tigerair Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Sydney Airport to Darwin Airport.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs $17.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Kakadu National Park.
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  • Distance: 1904.9 miles
  • Duration: 12h 49m

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Kakadu National Park, NT, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Sydney to Kakadu National Park. However, you can take the train to International Airport Station, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Darwin, take the walk to Charles Eaton Drive, take the line 3 bus to Casuarina Interchange, take the line 9 bus to Palmerston, take the bus to Aurora Kakadu Resort, then take the travel to Kakadu National Park. Alternatively, you can take the train to International Airport Station, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Maningrida, then take the travel to Kakadu National Park.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Gove via Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Gove via Darwin
Ave. Duration
13h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $290
Flights from Sydney to Gove via Melbourne, Cairns
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $450
Airnorth
Website
flyairnorth.com
Flights from Sydney to Maningrida via Darwin
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Maningrida via Brisbane, Darwin
Ave. Duration
10h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$310 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Maningrida via Melbourne, Darwin
Ave. Duration
10h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$320 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Gove via Cairns
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $550
Flights from Sydney to Gove via Darwin
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Tuesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$550 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Gove via Melbourne, Cairns
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$270 - $650
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
6h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $500
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Darwin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Adelaide
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Darwin via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $270
Train operators
Great Southern Rail - Indian Pacific
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Sydney to Adelaide Parklands
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$280 - $650
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Great Southern Rail
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$284
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$480 - $650
Low Gold Single Cabin
$500 - $650
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$600 - $800
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Phone
1800 703 357
Email
sales.enquiries@gsr.com.au
Website
greatsouthernrail.com.au
Train from Adelaide Parklands to Alice Springs
Ave. Duration
25h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$340 - $700
Book at
Great Southern Rail - The Ghan
Everyday Daynighter Seat
$346
Advanced Gold Single Cabin
$636
Low Gold Single Cabin
$697
Everyday Gold Single Cabin
$825
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Palmerston to Aurora Kakadu Resort
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$15 - $45
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$15 - $22
Flexifare
$23 - $35
Bus from Alice Springs to Palmerston
Ave. Duration
21h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $200
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$120 - $170
Flexifare
$140 - $200

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