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Kakadu National Park

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by FIONA (subscribe)
I am a travel writer loving Australia.
Published September 2nd 2012
Kaka who? Have you been to this iconic wonder?

We have all heard about this iconic National Park, but how many of us have actually been there?

Kakadu National park spans an impressive 19,800 square kilometres in Australia's top end. Situated 171 km southeast of Darwin, Kakadu is home to 5000 recorded Aboriginal art sites. The terrain is as diverse as it is breath taking from mangrove-fringed tidal plains to vast floodplains, lowland hills and the sandstone cliffs of the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Kakadu experiences six seasons a year resulting in spectacular changes throughout the landscape. Essentially, these six seasons fall under either the wet season or dry season. Both result in contrasts in the diversity of the land, from massive thunderstorms and heavy flooding amidst heat and humidy to a drying out of floodplains and natural bushfires.

Mamukala Wetlands
Mamukala Wetlands

Wild bushfires in Kakadu
Natural Bushfires burn attracting Whistling Kite birds

Kakadu boasts an amazing cultural history including art site Ubirr, which is home to a number of rock art paintings that are accessible to the public as well as the infamous landscape view from the top of the rock formations used in movie Crocodile Dundee.

Ubirr landscape pic
View from top of rock formation: Ubirr

Kakadu is home to an amazing array of wildlife having experienced very limited extinctions of plants and animals. There are currently 33 species listed as endangered living in Kakadu, however, you are still most likely to witness some of the most amazing wildlife in its natural environment in Australia.

From the long legged Jabiru, rock rats, tree frogs to of course the iconic crocodile. There are even wild pigs, buffaloes and horses roaming the untouched land of Kakadu.

Please be sure to heed the crocodile warnings.

Although there are crocodiles, you can still swim during dry season in rock pools that are difficult to access. There are also a number of locations where visitors can camp and even stay in resorts within Kakadu.

The best way and the safest way to see Kakadu is with an experienced tour guide. This way you can enjoy its beauty, derive a wealth of information from your guide and gain access to little known spots. Don't forget Kakadu is one of Australia's most beautiful yet unforgiving landscapes full of wild animals and vast expanses of wilderness.

Park passes will need to be purchsed prior to entry. They can be bought at nearby stores or resorts or purchase online here.
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Why? One of the most spectacular wonders of Australia
When: All year around
Where: Kakadu
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