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Kakadu National Park is a natural beauty found in the top part of Australia. Ecological effects of sea-level change are evident in the floodplains, of Kakadu, for the northern Australia. This region is extremely important to the Indigenous people, and many communities still live there. The artworks of the people show an outstanding record of human interaction with the environment for over tens of thousands of years. 

Take scenic cruise, take a flight all over Kakadu, enjoy exploring the Anbangbang galleries of Nourlangie Rock, a famous Aboriginal art sites, displaying works dating back 40 000 years ago, picnic shady gums, swim in crystal clear natural pools, find unreal waterfalls, participate in sweeping view hikes, learn about the culture of the Aboriginals and much more to do at Kakadu National Park. 

Kakadu National Park is 200 kilometres high and 1000 kilometres wide and covers over 19 800 km squared.

The Ranger Uranium Mine is one of the busiest mines in the world and is contained within Kakadu. 

Park entry is $25 for a 14 consecutive day pass for persons over 16. It is free to children under 16 or a Northern Territory resident. Possible camping and itineraries options see below for more details.

You can buy at the Bowali Visitor centre or here on-line

For info on camping at Kakadu 

Itineraries and ideas

Check out the below PDF file for a guide to Kakadu. 

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Kakadu Seasons

Kakadu is calculated in 6 seasons 

Wet seasons include Gudjewg and Banggerreng.

Dry seasons include Yegge, Wurrgeng and Gurrung.

Gunumeleng is apart of both wet and dry seasons, mostly wet.

Find more about the seasons and their climates and impacts here:

Stay Safe by being prepared and vigilant. Follow these tips to do so:


  • Look out for crocodile signs
  • Obey 'no swimming' signs
  • Remove rubbish from your campsite
  • Scale and clean fish at least 50 metres away from the water's edge
  • Set up the tents at least 50 metres away for water's edge
  • Do not approach crocodiles

Disease-carrying insects

Insects can carry and transmit viruses so always cover up and if necessary use a repellent.

Large feral animals

Large animals such as pigs can be dangerous. If you see them, keep at a safe distance and do not to approach.


Throughout the year, daytime temperatures in Kakadu are consistently warm to hot. September to December is extremely hot and humid.


  • Wear suitable clothing that is cool and provides protection against sunburn.
  • Take plenty of drinking water. About 4 litres.

Dehydration symptoms

  • Thirst
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

First aid

  • Lie the person in a cool, shaded area.
  • Give them water.
  • If the person cannot keep the water down or does not recover quickly, seek medical assistance without delay.

Reducing the risk of wildfires

  • Cigarette butts and matches are out and disposed.
  • Use fireplace provided
  • Put out the fire before leaving
  • Clear the area around your camp fire

Emergency Numbers

Life threatening emergency            000

Police - Jabiru Police                      (08) 8979 2122

Medical - Jabiru Health Clinic        (08) 8979 2018 

Poisons Information Centre           13 1126

NRMA - Road side service            13 1111

Park Headquarters                         (08) 8939 1100 (during business hours)

Ranger Stations Numbers

South Alligator ranger station (near the Kakadu Resort)   

          (08) 8979 0194

East Alligator ranger station ( near the Border Store)                                           

          (08) 8979 2291

Jim Jim ranger station (near the Yellow Water turn-off)                                         

          (08) 8979 2038

Mary river ranger station (6km north of the Wirnwirnmila River Roadhouse)

          (08) 8975 4578

Emergency call devices

Emergency call devices are to be used in emergencies only. Follow the instructions located on the devices. Emergency call devices can be found at:

  • West Alligator Head
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Twin Falls
  • Graveside Gorge
  • Maguk
  • Gunlom
  • Koolpin

 For additional safety measures, visit:

 Respect the land.

  • Don't Litter
  • Stay on the tracks
  • Protect Native animals, feeding, approaching or touching could endanger you or them
  • Don't vandalise


Jacob Nayinggul 

In Kunwinjku, I can tell you that in this country, the trees, the water and streams, and the plants give us out food.

The rainbow serpent, which we call Ngalmudj, gave these things to us and so we go to our country to look after it and there we can stay in our country and know that all is well.

But we all help each other with our land.

Those neighbours to the south, the west, the east and north - we all help each other to look after our land just as our ancestors did.

That is all I have to say. You know, we all know, that it is a good thing to care for the land we all have, thankyou.


To be apart of the UNESCO World Heritage list, at least one of the following criteria should be met:
Cultural Criteria
  1. "represents a masterpiece of human creative genius"
  2. "exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time, or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning, or landscape design"
  3. "bears a unique or exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared"
  4. "is an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural, or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates a significant stage in human history"
  5. "is an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement, land-use, or sea-use which is representative of a culture, or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change"
  6. "is directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance"

Natural Criteria

        7. "contains superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance"

        8. "is an outstanding example representing major stages of Earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features"

        9. "is an outstanding example representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems, and communities of plants and animals"

        10. "contains the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation"

In 1981, Kakadu National Park was inscribed as part of the World Heritage list because it met these following criteria:

1. To represent a masterpiece of human creative genius;

          6. To be directly or tangibly associated with events or  living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and  literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The  Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be  used in conjunction with other criteria);

 The Aboriginal people who interacted with the land for more than 40 000 years drew artworks in the caves of Kakadu about the Dreamtime and their way of life.

          7. To contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of  exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
The huge cliff faces, abundant rainforests and sweeping landscapes of Kakadu has significantly natural beauty.

          9. To be outstanding examples representing significant  on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution  and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine  ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;
The floodplains found in Kakadu show the ecological effects of sea-level change in north Australia.

          10. To contain the most important and significant natural  habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity,  including those containing threatened species of outstanding  universal value from the point of view of science or  conservation.

 Many animals in Kakadu are native and are of biological diversity. The Pig-nosed Turtle, Green Turtle, Gouldian Finch and the Native Turmeric are all fascinating creature found in Kakadu.

Above is just some of the floodplains found in Kakadu. 

On the right is a Hooded Parrot found in Kakadu.

Directions to Kakadu National Park

Road     ~3822kms, some roads have tolls.

1. Take road to Lithgow. (140 kms)

2. Drive to Dubbo. (252 kms)

3. Turn onto Mitchell Highway heading towards Narromine.

4. Continue on Mitchell Highway through to Nygan, Bourke, Cunnamulla and Charleville.

5. Continue out of Charleville on Mitchell Highway until Landsborough Highway.

         Mitchell Highway = (900 kms)

6.   Take a left turn onto Landsborough Highway. Driving past Augethella airport.

7.  Continue on highway Tambo.

8. Continue through Blackall.

9. Stay on Landsborough Highway at Barcadine.

10. Travel through Ilfracombe on Landsborough to Longreach.

          Landsborough Highway = (963 kms)

11. Stay on Landsborough Highway till Cloncurry. Here follow on Barkly Highway.

12. Stay on Barkly Highway through Mount Isa.

          Barkly Highway = (755 kms)

13. Turn right onto Stuart Highway. Past Lake Woods.

14. Stay on Stuart Highway through Katherine.

15. 92 km after Katherine, turn into Kakadu Highway.         

16. Take a left after 'Kakadu National Park' sign. (68 kms). 

Fly              ~See below for costs

1.  Fly to Darwin International Airport directly from 

Adelaide, Alice Springs

Brisbane, Broome

Cairns, Canberra

Gold Coast,  Groote Eylandt

Karratha, Kununurra

Melbourne, Mount Isa

Perth, Port Headland


Tennant Creek, Townsville.

2. Drive on Stuart Highway (213 kms) and then turn left onto Kakadu Highway. 

3. Take a left after 'Kakadu National Park' sign. (68 kms)

Airfare and car hire costs; 


Kakadu National Park is located in the top of the Northern Territory.                                                                          Geographical Coordinates12'49"60°S 132'49"60°E

The orange area/spot of the map shows the location of Kakadu.

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