How Big is Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu National Park lies smack bang in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is a nature reserve bursting with spectacular landscapes and is a haven for a diverse range of beautiful wildlife. With an abundance of cascading waterfalls, native animals, lush bushland, and aboriginal history.

The proposal to make the area a national park was back in 1965. Establishing an agreement with the indigenous community lasted a decade before the announcement in 1975 declared the area the Kakadu National Park. They used the name Kakadu to recognise Gagudju, an Aboriginal language used throughout the park.

How Big Is It?

It is Australia’s largest national park, over nineteen thousand kilometres square. This is around half the size of Switzerland. It has over two thousand different plant species, with a huge number of native animals, including over two hundred bird species.

What to do in Kakadu National Park?

Salt Water Crocodile spotting

Welcome to croc country! These massive, ancient beasts are aplenty in the Northern Territory, with around eighty thousand swimming around. They are the largest living reptile in the world, growing to seven metres long. You can see these remarkable creatures safely by going on a Jumping crocodile cruise. Come face to face with the enormous crocs in their natural habitat.

Aboriginal Rock Art

As the Kakadu National Parkland has a long history with the Aboriginal people, there are many historic artefacts from past ancestors. Aboriginal Rock Art is one example as it covers the area in incredibly preserved art, done on the walls of caves or rocks. Some paintings are up to twenty thousand years old, making it one of the longest historical records of people on Earth.

Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

If that’s not enough, why not visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre? Here you can learn even more about the history of the land, with indigenous artefacts and stories of the community’s ancestors. Developed by the traditional owners of the land, this facility aims to give a better understanding of the aboriginal culture.

Yellow Water Billabong

In the heart of Kakadu National Park lies the Yellow Water Billabong. Set off on the adventure aboard a cruise boat, and marvel at the amazing scenery. Discover the beautiful Australian native plant life as well as the countless animals such as birds and crocs. A must-do activity for anyone travelling to Northern Territory.

Gunlom Falls

At Waterfall Creek, Gunlom falls is a cascading Waterfall with a plunge pool attached. This combination makes it an incredible spot for a swim, with adjoining picnic areas. Take the dive into the crystal-clear water, drying off in the sun as you tuck into some lunch. Make sure you bring your camera as Gunlom has been voted as one of the best views in Australia.

Check out our Kakadu Tour Departing from Darwin today!

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