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World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres, is a place of contrasting landscapes and diverse habitats. Saltwater crocodiles lurk in freshwater billabongs dotted with lotus lilies. Rugged cliffs of the Arnhem Land escarpment hide deep sandstone gorges and pockets of monsoon rainforest. Waterfalls cascade into pools fringed with paperbarks and pandanus.

You can view the spectacular Jim Jim Falls, browse through galleries of ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock or explore Yellow Water and Mamukala, wetland areas of international significance. Over 1000 plant species, a quarter of all Australian freshwater fish species, and over one third of all Australian bird species can be found in the park.

Kakadu’s landscapes have been shaped by water with the Mary, Wildman, West Alligator, South Alligator and East Alligator Rivers teeming with wildlife. During the tropical summer from November to April, waterfalls along the Arnhem Land escarpment are at their most spectacular, the lowlands are flooded, and the vegetation is lush.

Late in the dry season large flocks of magpie geese and whistling ducks, spoonbills, egrets and jabirus congregate around the remaining waterholes.

A number of Aboriginal clans reside in Kakadu National Park and the exquisite rock art galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock bear witness to their strong and ongoing connection with the land, having lasted for many thousands of years.

Other spectacular landmarks include Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, Maguk, Motor Car Falls and Gunlom. There are many established walking tracks, some accessible year round. Yellow Water boat cruises depart several times a day from Cooinda, year round.

The Nature’s Way tourism drive is a great way to explore the park. The drive runs along the Arnhem Highway to Jabiru, follows the Kakadu Highway to Pine Creek, and continues south to Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park.

A visit to Kakadu should include a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre near Jabiru, a small town within the national park, situated approximately 250 kilometres east of Darwin. The township offers a range of accommodation, including tent, caravan and camping, cabin, lodge and hotel accommodation. Resort style accommodation and camping is also available at South Alligator, on the Arnhem Highway, and Cooinda near Yellow Water.

A number of safari camp style operations provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with indigenous guides in an authentic on-country experience. Plus, Kakadu’s Crocodile Hotel, a crocodile-shaped complex, is one of a kind.

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