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Exploring The Outback-Kakadu National Park
The Australian Kakadu National Park is the largest and probably the most exotic in the country, spanning over 19000 square kilometres. It exudes the very sounds, smells, visions, romance and danger of the Crocodile Dundee country. The park is located within 260 kilometres east of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. It has been home for the Aborigines who today speak one of the three major languages, Mayali/Gundjeihmi, Jawoyn or Kunwinjku, for more than 50 000 years.
The name Kakudu itself comes from Gagudju, one of the main Aboriginal languages ate the start of the 20th century. Half the park is owned by the government while the other half by the aboriginal people whose imprints and history is clearly imprinted on the rock walls of their homes. This made the park to be inscribed a World Heritage site.
Why you should visit Kakadu National Park
From sheer cliffs and escarpments with the rush of water dropping in cataracts, massive trucks of towering rainforest trees that have green canopies that almost touches the sky to exotic and often dangerous wildlife, to raging rivers and sudden placid pools, there is always something to catch the interest your interest at Kakadu National Park. While at here, expect to see different attractions. The most popular things to do while here include:
- Visiting waterfalls, for example Twin Falls, Gunlom, and Jim Jim Falls exploration.
- Exploring Marrawuddi Gallery which is located within Bowali Vistor Centre. Here you will see and buy different arts from the Aboriginal people
- Taking nature walks
- Fishing and boat cruises in the different rivers around the park
- Crocodile spotting
- Bird watching
- Discover different rivers such as Alligator River, Mary River, Yellow Water Billabong, all of which have a wide array of amazing flora and fauna, of which some are quite dangerous tours. The deadly saltwater crocodile falls into this category. This is quite a dangerous animal and can attack without provocation
If you decide to explore Kakadu further into the rainforest jungle, the billabongs to the falls, it is recommended to ensure that the necessary precautions are taken for safe travel.
Opening hours and prices
Kakadu National Park like most parks in Australia is free to enter but camping fees apply in certain designated areas. It can be visited from Monday to Sunday from as early as 6.00 am to very late in the evening. People planning to visit Kakadu are recommended to start by checking out the official parks website for more details prior to the tour.
Location and travelling there
Start your tour to Kakadu from Darwin on a hired bus vehicle. When you reach there, you can take any number of safari tours. A good place to start your tour of discovery is at Bowali Visitor Centre. This is on the Kakadu Highway, 2.5 kilometres from Jabiru close to Kakadu Junction and Arnhem Highways.
Kakadu discovery options to opt for include:
- Flying on light aircrafts: When the going gets rough, simply fly on a light aircraft to the town of Jabiru which is located within the park.
- Taking safari tours that are offered by any number of the service providers around the area.
We can arrange transport for groups of any size to all regions in the Kakadu National Park, please call or send us an email for more information.