The area of Kakadu is an extremely popular holiday destination in the Northern Territory. Kakadu refers to the Kakadu National Park which is a massive national park covering nearly 2 million hectares.
Located on the Alligator Rivers there is a small township in the centre of Kakadu called Jabiru, which was built in 1982 for the purpose of uranium mining. It is here in Jabiru that most people stay on their holiday exploration of the Kakadu Regions.
The name Kakadu comes from the name of an aboriginal language spoken in the northern parts of the National Park. Aboriginal people have inhabited Kakadu for more that 40,000 years and the National Park is renowned in the richness for Aboriginal sites. There are more than 5000-recorded Aboriginal Rock art sites and still today over 500 aboriginals actually live in the park.
The wildlife and dramatic landscape in Kakadu is a must see when visiting the Northern Territory. Kakadu boasts Australia’s most beautiful waterfalls and gorges along with abundant wildlife especially waterbirds with 30% of the total Australian bird species all found here.
Kakadu has vast areas of wetland floodplains. A great way to see the wet plains and enjoy wildlife sightseeing is to take a guided tour on an airboat. Along your journey you can see salt-water crocodiles, buffalos, waterbirds, kangaroos, wallabies, bandicoots, bats, dugongs, water pigs, billabongs, fresh water fish and many more native Australian creatures.
Other great tours include creek cruises, Arnhem Land 4wd experiences, helicopter tours and authentic Aboriginal tours. The Kakadu cultural tours include seeing authentic Aboriginal Rock Art. Each aboriginal art site tells a different story of events and influences of people’s lives. The best sites can be found at Ubirr, Nourlangie Rock and Nanguluwur.
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