The wetlands of Kakadu

Bininj/Mungguy Country

Kakadu

Kakadu National Park is located on the western edge of Arnhem Land & is one of Australia's great parks.

Have you ever wanted to explore a place that is so full of life, culture and beauty that it will take your breath away? If so, then Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia is the destination for you. This park has something for everyone, from stunning landscapes to ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and incredible wildlife. Let’s find out more about this amazing part of the world.

Kakadu National Park is located in the northernmost corner of Australia's Northern Territory and covers an area of 19,804 square kilometers. It is one of Australia's largest national parks and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981 because of its immense cultural and natural values. In addition to being one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, Kakadu also holds spiritual significance for traditional Aboriginal owners who have lived on the land since time immemorial. The local language group are called Anbarra people and their culture continues to be celebrated throughout the park.

First Nation Peoples

For those interested in history or Indigenous culture, there are many ancient rock art sites which tell stories about traditional Aboriginal life dating back thousands of years ago. These sites are not just restricted to Kakadu – there are also several other national parks nearby where you can explore Aboriginal heritage further such as Nourlangie Rock Art Site and Ubirr Rock Art Site.

Visiting Kakadu National Park is an amazing way to immerse yourself in a unique environment that combines nature with Indigenous culture which has been preserved over thousands of years. If you are looking for an unforgettable adventure then this is definitely worth exploring!

Activities in Kakadu

If you visit Kakadu, there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy such as bushwalking, fishing and birdwatching. You can also observe some impressive wildlife including monitor lizards, wallabies and dingoes. There are also over 280 species of birds which can be found here making it a paradise for birdwatchers!

Waterholes & Waterfalls

Majestic waterfalls tumble off the plateau during the monsoon season. Jim Jim Falls presents a glistening spectacle in spate as the torrent drops 200 meters, and Twin Falls pours through a gorge of towering walls. In the dry season the rivers become massively tidal, with rise up to 8 meters rushing inland for up to 80 kilometres twice a day.

The Wildlife

The region's growth is aided by the wet season and provides vistas of palms, with pockets of lush rainforest, colourful floral displays, large butterflies, crocodiles seemingly lying motionless on river banks and countless varieties of birds. The quiet of the land is only amplified with the symphony of wildlife which inhabits the area.

The 500 kilometre long ramparts have been worn down over millions of years. With its diversity of habitats, the park provides a home for 250 varieties of birds, 100 species of animals & reptiles and almost 1000 types of plants. Some of these are extremely rare; others are thought to occur only in the region of Kakadu. Among the birds are flocks of geese, brolgas and stately jabirus.

The Landscape

Kakadu National Park is one of Australia's great parks. It consists of 6000 square kilometres of land located on the western edge of Arnhem Land, and encompasses the broad flood plains drained by the South & East Alligator rivers, then the land abruptly rises at the 300 meter ancient sandstone wall of the Kakadu escarpment.

Kakadu National Park offers visitors an incredible opportunity to experience both natural beauty and ancient Indigenous culture all at once! From spectacular wildlife sightings to ancient rock art sites telling stories from thousands of years ago – Kakadu has something for everyone! Whether you’re an adventurer seeking thrills or someone who simply wants peace and quiet surrounded by nature – this national park should definitely be on your list when visiting Australia’s Northern Territory!


Kakadu
Kakadu


Kakadu National Park Map   

Latitude:

-13.084977

Longitude:

132.424922



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