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Kakadu National Park

In the heart of the Top End is Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed for its breathtaking landscape, wildlife and Aboriginal cultural significance. Situated 250 kilometres east of Darwin, there’s plenty to see and do in this diverse landscape spanning over 19,000 square kilometres.

Kakadu is so large that its weather pattern varies from the coast in the north to the sandstone valets of the south. No less than six major landforms are found within the park’s borders.

Cruise on the fabled Yellow Water Billabong or scale the escarpment for dramatic views of the mangrove fringed coastal areas, lowland hills and forest habitats. Here you’ll witness the richest concentration of flora in the Northern Territory, with more than 1700 plant species as a result of the park’s geological, landform and habitat diversity. No matter which time of the year you visit, there’s always something to admire.

Kakadu is also home to one of the greatest recorded concentrations of rock art anywhere in the world, showcasing some of the best examples of Aboriginal rock art in Australia with Ubirr and Nourlangie recognised internationally. The rock canvases dating back 20,000 years are found in rocky outcrops that have provided shelter to the local Aboriginal inhabitants for thousands of years. The rock art is used for storytelling, education and religious significance.

Arnhem Land is the perfect place to be immersed in Aboriginal culture. The region has been occupied by indigenous people for tens of thousands of years. It is home to the Yolngu people, one of the largest indigenous groups in Australia and recognised as the birth place of the iconic Australian wooden wind instrument, the didgeridoo. This culturally rich area was declared an Aboriginal Reserve in 1931 and all visitors require written permission from the traditional owners to enter.

  • Arnhem Land
    Located in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory is Arnhem Land, 500 kilometres east of Darwin. The region has an area of 97,000 kilometres² which also covers the area of Kakadu National Park. With land that large, the ever changing landscape dramatically changes between the dry and wet seasons, leaving some areas underwater for almost half of the year.
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  • Nourlangie
    Nourlangie can be found in an outlying formation of the Arnhem Land Escarpment within Kakadu National Park. It is best known for its stunning rock art galleries and impressive views from the Gunwarddehwardde lookout of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock.
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  • Ubirr
    Situated in the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park is Ubirr, an intriguing group of rock outcrops famous for its breathtaking views and Aboriginal rock art shelters dating back many thousands of years.The best way to access the rock art is by climbing through the ancient area which will reward you with panoramic views of the floodplains and escarpments and Aboriginal rock art.
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  • Yellow Water Billabong
    The fabled Yellow Water Billabong lies in the heart of Kakadu National Park and is a must-see on any visit to the World Heritage Listed region. Located at the junction of Jim Jim Creek and the South Alligator River, it is Kakadu's largest and most famous wetland consisting of river channels, floodplains and swamps.
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