Escape to Kakadu – steeped in history and rich in Aboriginal culture

rich colours of kakadu

Kakadu will take your breath away!

Escape to Kakadu National Park!  Located in the ‘Top End’ of the Northern Territory, Kakadu is steeped in history and rich in aboriginal culture.

Yellow waters on duskAboriginal people have a spiritual connection with this land and it’s easy to see why.  It’s magnificent!

Flood plains that stretch to the horizon, extraordinarily vivid colours of the landscape and exposure to pristine wilderness.

The ancient heritage of Kakadu

World Heritage listed, Kakadu National Park honours one of the oldest living societies on earth.

Kakadu is often referred to as a living cultural landscape where aboriginal people have lived and cared for their country for tens of thousands of years.

The Aboriginal people of Kakadu are known as Bininj/Mungguy people and are the traditional custodians of this land.

Throughout Kakadu you will see very distinctive rock art representing one of the oldest historical records of any group of people in the world.  More than 5,000 aboriginal art sites depict stories of the ancestors and changes in the landscape over thousands of years.

Conservation is the key to the survival of Kakadu

Many species of plants and bird life are found nowhere else in the world.  Home to 68 species of mammals, more than 120 species of reptiles, 26 types of frogs, over 300 tidal and freshwater fish, more than 2,000 different plants and over 10,000 species of insects.

A native habitat to more than 290 bird species, the wetlands are internationally important as a staging point for migratory birds.

Landscapes and habitats change within Kakadu from savannah woodlands, monsoon vine forests, stone country, tidal flats, hills and ridges, mangroves and coastline through to floodplains, rivers and billabongs.

What to do in Kakadu

There’s so much to do whilst visiting Kakadu

Visit the Bowali and Warradjan Cultural Centres.

Detailed history of this ‘country’ (the Kakadu region) and the people who have lived in Kakadu for over 10,000 years.

Be sure to take some of the cultural tours and take one of the aboriginal guide walking tours.  Learn about the healing properties of the plants and the food source of others and listen to the legends that have been handed down through the generations.

Go bushwalking around Nourlangie Rock, take a sunset tour on Yellow Waters billabong and be amazed at the abundant wildlife around these beautiful waterways.  There is an abundance of barramundi and other fish living in these billabongs.

You will see huge saltwater crocodiles sunning themselves at the water’s edge, buffalo grazing nearby and birds diving for fish.  It’s a spectacular place for photographers!

You will end up with magnificent photos and amazing memories.

There are opportunities for 4WD trips to Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls Gorge, both unique experiences that will make this experience one of the most memorable!

Ubirr Rock

Sunset or sunrise at Ubirr Rock is ‘mandatory’ for all visitors to Kakadu!

Ubirr (Ooo beer) Rock is the home of a number of significant aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park.  A short, not too difficult climb to the top of the rocky lookout will offer spectacular views over the floodplains below – horizon to horizon.

Sunrise and sunset are the best times to climb the escarpment and if you are lucky enough to visit in the ‘wet season’ you will be rewarded with water views to the horizon and the most magnificent sunset you will ever see!

Kakadu is a vast and extraordinary country.  Have you been to the Australian outback?  What was your favourite experience? 
Reference: Kakadu National Park visitors guide.  For more information Parks Australia


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