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.