Record breaking rainfall is resulting in lush landscapes and happy wildlife in Kakadu!
As many of you might have already heard: The Kakadu wet season 2016/17 in Northern Australia is a ripper! The Northern Territory and Kakadu National Park saw an early entry to the wet, with unusually high rainfall as early as September. In fact, September 2016 was the wettest September on record in the NT! January 2017 has seen an overall rainfall of about double of the January average in the Northern Territory. More over, day time temperatures have been below average in the wet season 2016/17 (Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology).
While heavy rainfall and flooding are cutting of roads and access to some remote areas, the high rainfall in the NT and Kakadu National Park is mostly seen as positive. The country is looking great and refreshed after a number of wet seasons with low rainfall, and the animals are loving it!
As our Kakadu Tours 2017 have started, our guests are enjoying the lush greenery of Kakadu NP, the active wildlife and the spectacle of flooded roads and billabongs. The rain also results in creeks and swimming holes appearing everywhere, making for a welcomed refreshment. In combination with the below average temperatures, a Kakadu Tour this wet season proves to be much more comfortable than many might assume.
Thanks to all the rain, 2017 is and will continue to be a great year to tour Kakadu National Park and the Northern Territory. Even if you can’t make it here during our wet season, the wet season’s soaking of the country will result in a fresher looking landscape and higher water levels far into the dry season. So why not make 2017 the year you visit Kakadu and the Top End? We still have availability for our Kakadu Tours 2017.
Record rainfall in the Kimberley wet season 2016/17
By the way, the Kimberley Region has had the same record breaking wet season this year, with Lake Argyle overflowing for the first time in years! Kununurra, normally with an average rainfall of 421.8 mm, has seen 876.4 mm this wet season so far, the wettest Oct-Jan since records commenced in 1972-73. Broome has seen 658.0 mm this year, the average is 249.2 mm (Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology). And you know what that means: A great Kimberley Tour Season 2017. With lots of surface water and rivers & waterfalls pumping, the Kimberley should look great far into the touring season. If you would like to experience the Kimberley at its lushest, we still have availability on our 10 Day Mixed Group Kimberley Tours in May 2017. We are also available for private Kimberley Tours.
We would love to welcome you on one of our Kimberley Tours or Kakadu Tours 2017, and explore these beautiful destinations with you!