At close to 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park. It’s located in the Northern Territory about 171 kilometres from Darwin. Indigenous people have occupied the area for over 50,000 years, and many still live in the settlements today, with over half the park considered Aboriginal land. Kakadu is home to a staggering amount of flora and fauna – more than 2000 different types of plants, 280 types of birds and 120 reptile species. Based on Aboriginal knowledge, there are six seasons in Kakadu including cold weather season, Wurrgeng, and "knock ‘em down storm season", Banggereng.
Savanna woodlands make up most of Kakadu National Park. Trails like the Bowali walking track take you on a journey past eucalypts, long grasses and a variety of animals including goannas and parrots. But the scenery changes from place to place. The Arnhem Land Plateau is an area of sandstone highlands that features about 170 plant species not found anywhere else. Its collection of Aboriginal rock art is one of the oldest rock art collections in the world and certainly the oldest in Australia. See it for yourself by taking a guided Arnhem Land tour. For a spectacular view of Kakadu’s landscapes, nothing beats a scenic flight. From your bird’s-eye view you’ll be able to glimpse the truly awesome scale of Kakadu’s cliffs, wetlands and other sights like Jim Jim Falls, a 200-metre waterfall. Afraid of heights? You can still sightsee by hiking, bushwalking or taking a cultural tour hosted by a traditional guide.
When you’re not exploring, Kakadu’s main township Jabiru is a great place to chill. It has a 50 metre outdoor swimming pool lined with palm trees, as well as a golf course, library, supermarket and newsagency. The restaurants offer local food such as barramundi and emu. Pay a visit to the Marrawuddi Gallery, which is owned by the Djabulukgu Association, and see the work of Aboriginal artists from the region. Book your Kakadu hotel with us and see what all the fuss is about!
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