Backpacking Kakadu National Park

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    SEE SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST SPECTACULAR NATURAL LANDSCAPES: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    THERE ARE SOME MAGNIFICENT WATERFALLS, LIKE TWIN FALLS: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    MEET SOME LOCAL ABORGINALS AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR FASCINATING HISTORY AND CULTURE: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    SEE SOME AMAZING ABORIGINAL ROCK ART: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    IN SUMMER THE RAINS CREATED A SEA OF MASSIVE WETLANDS: Photo courtesy of Tourism NT
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Kakadu National Park Highlights

  • One of the largest and best-known National Parks in Australia and containing some of the oldest geological formations on earth.

  • An extraordinary range of natural beauty and sweeping landscapes, including spectacular gorges, rugged escarpments, amazing waterfalls and lush internationally important wetlands.

  • A great place to see some of Australia's best Aboriginal rock art and culture, which has been there for up to 50,000 years.

  • The landscapes in the park change dramatically depending on what season you visit. During the tropical summer months, the wet season rains create a sea of shallow freshwater for hundreds of square kilometres and generates some spectacular waterfalls. In the dryer periods much of the water disappears making the park more accessible.

  • Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre and the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to gain a great Aboriginal perspective of the park through displays, presentations and galleries.

  • Many ways to see Kakadu, ranging from four-wheel drive, bushwalking (hiking), adventure tours, boats, helicopter and aircraft.

About Kakadu National Park


The vast Kakadu National Park is one of the largest and best-known National Parks in Australia. The park covers an area over 19,800 square kilometres and parts of the park contain some of the oldest geological formations on earth.

The park is one of four Australian sites included on the World Heritage List for both outstanding cultural and natural universal values.
Kakadu hosts an extraordinary range of natural beauty and sweeping landscapes, including spectacular gorges, rugged escarpments, amazing waterfalls and lush internationally important wetlands.

This is a place of enormous biological diversity and is home to many different living species, including more than 1,600 plants, 77 mammals, 271 birds, 132 reptiles, 314 fish, 27 frogs, and over 10,000 species of insects.

Kakadu is extremely important to Aboriginal people, and many communities still live within the park. These communities are known as the Bininj/Mungguy people. It is a great place to see some of Australia's best Aboriginal rock art and culture, which has been there for up to 50,000 years. Most of this is concentrated along the escarpment, in gorges, and on rock outliers.

Kakadu's landscapes undergo dramatic seasonal changes. During the tropical summer months, the wet season rains create a sea of shallow freshwater for hundreds of square kilometres and generates some spectacular waterfalls on the 500 kilometre long Arnhem Land escarpment. The main falls include Jim Jim and Twin Falls. During this time is when there are often many resident freshwater crocodiles. In the dryer periods during the winter months, much of the water disappears making the park more accessible.

Also worth visiting in the park, are the Bowali Visitor Centre and the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Both of these places offer a great Aboriginal perspective of the park through displays, presentations and galleries.

The main township in Kakadu is Jabiru, which is located near the Arnhem Highway on the eastern side of the park.

There are many ways to see Kakadu. These range from exploring in a four-wheel drive, bushwalking (hiking), taking an adventure tour or seeing it from a different perspective in a boat, helicopter or aircraft. It really depends on your budget and the amount of time you have.

Kakadu National Park is located in the tropical north of Australia, 130 kilometres east of Darwin.

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Bowali visitor centre

Turn west off the Kakadu Highway, 5km west of Jabiru.
Phone (08) 8938 1120
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