Kakadu National Park

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Kakadu National Park is the largest terrestrial national park in Australia.

It is 240 kilometers east of Darwin in the tropical north end. The park extends to almost 20,000 square kilometres containing astounding biological and ecological diversity. The northern end stretches from the coast and estuaries.
Billabongs, lowlands, floodplains, rocky ridges and stone country makeup the diverse land in the south.

A wide variety of plants and animals make Kakadu National Park home including one-third of Australia’s bird species and one-quarter of its freshwater and estuarine fish species.

The traditional owners of Kakadu National Park, Bininj Mungguy, have inhabited and cared for this country for over than 50,000 years.



They have a deep spiritual connection to the land which dates back to the Creation. It has always been an important part of the Kakadu story.

Kakadu became a World Heritage Listing in 1981 and internationally recognized for its extraordinary natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Koongarra land which had once been excluded from being listed because of its potential uranium resources has added to the Kakadu World Heritage Area in 2011.

This was due to lobbying by Jeffrey Lee, Koongarra’s senior custodian. Being a World Heritage Listing ensures that the cultural values and heritage will be protected for future generations to come.

Kakadu National Park is now protected by a board of management.

This includes an Aboriginal majority that represents the traditional owners. This arrangement depicts how joint management can include both ancient culture and modern practice.

On our Kimberley Outback Tours, guests travel on the scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge.

This magnificent gorge has been shaped by the Katherine River which flows through both Nitmiluk National Park and Kakadu National Park.

 

 

 



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