Kakadu National Park & Arnhem Land

A Natural and Cultural Masterpiece

The largest national park in Australia, and home to an extensive and impressive collection of Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park is a must-visit in the Top End and the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. One of just a handful of dual-listed World Heritage sites (cited for both natural and cultural qualities), the park counts among our nation's most-prized treasures.

Covering more than 19,000 square kilometres, the park is an enormous weathered plateau towering 400 metres above lowlands rich in waterfalls, wetlands, woodlands, sculptured gorges and caves, ripe for exploring. With more than 1000 varieties of plants and countless bird, fish and animal species, it is a nature-lovers paradise.

Beyond Kakadu's scenic beauty, there is a unique spiritual quality to the land, derived from the park's ancient history. Two billion years old, Kakadu National Park is thought to have been inhabited by the Bininj people for 50,000 years, and the area's Aboriginal heritage is richly expressed in ancient rock paintings throughout the park. There are more than 5000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture, the oldest of which dates back nearly 20,000 years. The Ubirr Aboriginal Rock Art site is a great example.

Further north-east is Arnhem Land, an expanse of unspoilt terrain made up of a predominantly indigenous population, wild coastlines, deserted islands, rivers teeming with fish, lush rainforests, soaring escarpments and savannah woodland.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Cruise Yellow Water Billabong: The rich history and flora and fauna make this a memorable experience.
  2. View Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art: See some of the ancient rock and cave paintings from the Bininj people illustrating Aboriginal culture
  3. Swim at Jim Jim Falls.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Kakadu National Park chapter in our online Northern Territory brochure. Click here.

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