Kakadu National Park – UNESCO Heritage in Australia

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Kakadu National Park is a living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values. Kakadu has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, and many of the park’s extensive rock art sites date back thousands of years. Kakadu’s rock art provides a window into human civilisation in the days before the last ice age. Detailed paintings reveal insights into hunting and gathering practices, social structure and ritual ceremonies of Indigenous societies from the Pleistocene Epoch until the present. In 1981, listed in UNESCO World Heritage list.

Location

The park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory. It covers an area of 19,804 km2

About Kakadu National Park

1. This unique archaeological and ethnological reserve, has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years.

2. The largest national park in Australia and one of the largest in the world’s tropics, Kakadu preserves the greatest variety of ecosystems on the Australian continent including extensive areas of savanna woodlands, open forest, floodplains, mangroves, tidal mudflats, coastal areas and monsoon forests.

3. The park also has a huge diversity of flora and is one of the least impacted areas of the northern part of the Australian continent. Its spectacular scenery includes landscapes of arresting beauty, with escarpments up to 330 metres high extending in a jagged and unbroken line for hundreds of kilometres. Kakadu’s flora is among the richest in northern Australia with more than 1700 plant species recorded which is a result of the park’s geological, land-form and habitat diversity. Kakadu is also considered to be one of the most weed free national parks in the world.

4. The diverse environments of Kakadu National Park supports a great array of animals, a number of which have adapted to particular habitats. Some animals in the park are rare, endangered, vulnerable or endemic. Responding to the extreme weather conditions experienced in the park, many animals are active only at particular times of the day or night or at particular times of the year.

5. Kakadu is home to more than one third of Australia’s bird species and was voted number one in bird watching destinations in Australia by Australian Geographic. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced birder, a bird watching tour is sure to delight. If you’re an ornithologist, you’ll have found your people. Home to around 280 different types of birds.

6. Many of the art and archaeological sites of the park are thousands of years old, showing a continuous temporal span of the hunting and gathering tradition from the Pleistocene Era until the present. While these sites exhibit great diversity, both in space and through time, the overwhelming picture is also one of a continuous cultural development.

7. There are a wide variety of designated camping sites throughout the park. Jabiru, Cooinda and South Alligator all have commercial camping areas and are in close proximity to most of the important natural attractions in these areas. Some of the park’s campsites charge a nominal fee as these have shower and toilet facilities, others are free, however they have limited or no facilities. A list of the sites can be obtained from the Kakadu National Park’s Glenn Murcutt-designed Bowali Visitor Centre or from their website.

Best Time to Visit

Any time of the year has advantages and disadvantages for travel in Kakadu, and any time can be a good time to visit Kakadu National Park. The best time is in the dry season between June and August. During the wet season it rains and it is too hot.” While there is some truth in that, it’s certainly not the full story.

 

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