The Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s oldest and most mesmerising landscapes, and is set just outside of Darwin. Here, time seems to stand still; ancient Aboriginal tribes still live a traditional life, while the plant life and animal life has been living in the area for thousands and thousands of years. Today, the park is a World Heritage listed site, thanks to both its incredible scenery and its living Aboriginal culture.
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Fun Facts About Kakadu National Park
The park covers almost 20,000 square kilometres, making it the largest national park in the entire country. To put that into perspective, it’s almost half the size of Switzerland.
It’s Owned by Aboriginals
The majority of the park is classified Aboriginal land, meaning it is still owned by its traditional keepers. They continue to manage the park in partnership with Parks Australia, and have a huge say in what happens with the future of the park.
These people have lived in Kakadu for more than 50,000 years, making them the oldest living culture on earth.
The Aboriginal people still live traditionally. Though changes have taken place over the last few decades to keep in line with the current growth and evolution of the world, the Aboriginal people still live in towns and settlements of Kakadu, and still spend time hunting, fishing, and caring for the land.
There is Ancient Rock Art
Because of its ancient history, it makes sense that Kakadu has some incredible ancient rock art to explore. The artworks here span back 20,000 years, documenting historic events and age-old traditions.
There Are Lots of Birds
Kakadu is famed for its extraordinary amount of bird species. In the park alone, there are around 280 different species, which makes up around a third of the entire population of bird species in Australia.
The Termite Mounds Are Spectacular
If you’re walking through Kakadu, you might stumble across some strange-looking mounds. These are the native termite mounds, and they cast an impressive silhouette against the landscape. They can grow up to six metres tall and can be found along the Maguk Road in the southern part of the park.
Kakadu National Park really is one of Australia’s best-loved treasures. Not only can you explore the mesmerising scenery, the eclectic mixture of wildlife and ancient plants, but you can learn more about the oldest living culture on the planet when you get to know the local Aboriginal people and their traditions.
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