Kakadu National Park, located in the Northern Territory of Australia, is a timeless natural wonder blessed with wetlands, waterfalls, and rugged rocky terrain. The place is well known for aboriginal rock art and is home to various life forms, including crocodiles and exotic birds. Spread over an area of around 20,000 square kilometres, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region and has been inhabited by the local aboriginal people for over 50,000 years. This makes the park home to the oldest living culture known to mankind. The Kakadu National Park is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site due to its natural and cultural values.
Travellers can view varied landscapes, some of which offer awe-inspiring sceneries. Explore its coast and tidal flats, which is home to estuaries, swamps, and mangrove forests reaching all the way to the sea. Marvel at the tall sandstone cliffs at the Arnhem Land Plateau, some of which are around 300 metres high. Walk along the tracks of its lowlands, the savannah woodlands, including the Bowali track and the Gun-Gardun walk to spot eucalypts, tall grasses, and even six-feet-high termite mounds. Travel its wetlands, including the Yellow Water and Mamukala, which are important bird sanctuaries. Explore the southern hills and ridges of Kakadu, which have several magnificent waterfalls and ancient volcanic rocks.
The park has a rich variety of rare and exotic plant and animal life. Kakadu boasts over 2,000 species of plants and the easiest way to know about them is to go on wildlife guided tours of the park. Learn how the local aboriginal people have used these plants as food, medicines, and weaving materials for generations.
The park is home to some of the most elusive yet charismatic animals, with some of them being found nowhere else in the world. Travellers can go on walks or tours in the early mornings or at sunset to spot some of these animals. The park is a paradise for bird watchers and travellers can spot comb-crested jacana, partridge pigeon, brolga, and magpie goose. The park is home to about 10,000 freshwater and saltwater crocodiles. The safest way to spot them is by going on commercial boat cruises. Spot flatback turtles, leichardt’s grasshoppers, quolls, and many other animals here.
Kakadu National Park is not only a popular natural attraction, but also a noted cultural attraction. Its aboriginal population has inhabited the area for over 50,000 years and today they live in around 18 outstations across the park.
Kakadu National Park has a fine collection of ancient rock art, which is one of the reasons of its World Heritage status. These rock paintings offer an insight into the lives of the ancestors of the local aboriginal population. These rock paintings, some of which are around 20,000 years old, are mainly centred at Ubirr, Nourlangie, and Nanguluwur. They depict animals, hunting, aspects of religious importance, and sorcery and magic. The colours in the paintings were derived from natural minerals.