falls at Kakadu National Park

The Beauty Of Australia Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is the larger of two World Heritage-listed national parks in Australia’s Northern Territory. Rich in cultural and natural beauty and just 3 hours drive from Darwin on sealed roads, the park is accessible to all and easy to fit into even the shortest stays in the Top End. This amazing park is 20,000 square kms, so staying few days will only allow you to explore a small part of the park.

The Beauty Of Australia Kakadu National Park

A number of Aboriginal clans with different languages and different traditions make up the Traditional Owners of the Kakadu region. The Traditional Owners and the Director of National Parks ensure there is a balance between tourism and cultural requirements by jointly managing the park. The Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre is one of the best places to get an introduction to local Aboriginal culture with its exhibitions displaying traditional hunting and cooking methods as well as ceremonies and laws. There are over 5000 sites for aboriginal rock art currently known in Kakadu, making it the world’s richest area. In the East Alligator region of Kakadu lies Ubirr, which is home to a spectacular display of rock art and the loop walking trail also provides stunning views over the park and into Arnhem Land. Younger generations learnt traditional stories and customs from the rock art, which often includes images of hunted animals, food and spiritual beings.

As one of Australia’s most ruggedly beautiful places, Kakadu National Park is home to abundant wildlife. It is a remarkable diverse landscape with Savannah woodlands, monsoon forests, floodplains, billabongs, tidal flats and amazing sandstone escarpments. With extensive walking trails, wetlands cruises, 4wd tracks, scenic drives and flights, there are endless ways to explore Kakadu. Some of the highlights include a sunset or sunrise trip on the Yellow Water cruise where you can experience the beauty of the wetlands and its inhabitants – particularly the salt water crocodiles and the huge array of birdlife; Jim Jim and Twin Falls, which is reachable by 4wd in the Dry season or from the air in the Wet; and a visit to Gunlorn Waterfall Creek, with its beautiful plunge pool and waterfall, this is also where parts of Crocodile Dundee were filmed.

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