Kakadu National Park

Billabong in Kakadu National Park

The Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is a World Heritage listed site that covers an area of 19,804 square metres. Kakadu National Park is located in the Alligator Rivers region in Arnhem Land near Darwin and Katherine. The national park is accessed by the Arnhem Highway and the Kakadu Highway. The Kakadu area has been occupied by Aboriginal people for over 40,000 years and approximately 500 Aboriginal people live in the park today.

The Kakadu National Park is a very interesting place to visit with a number of beautiful waterfalls, walks as well as more than 5000 Aboriginal art sites. The largest waterfall is Jim Jim Falls which is about 200 metres high. Twin Falls is another well known waterfall that is also known by its Aboriginal name of Gungkurdul. There are guided tours that visit Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls and some tours even include a boat cruise at Twin Falls. Kakadu National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna such as reptiles, mammals, over 280 species of birds, frogs, fish and insects. There are many spectacular rivers in the park and popular rivers include East Alligator River, South Alligator and Yellow Water. There are salt water crocodiles in the rivers so be cautious when visiting the park.

There are a number of designated campsites in the Kakadu National Park and a few of the sites have toilet and shower facilities. If you’re not keen on camping then there is accommodation available at Jabiru, which is near the parks entrance. There are guided tours that visit Kakadu National Park but if you have a 4WD vehicle the Nature’s Way tourism drive is a popular loop. Visitors to the park are asked to pay a national park fee of $25.00 which helps to manage the natural and cultural values of the park environment.

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Posted By mick on 8th August 2012

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