How were the Kakadu magnetic termite mounds formed?

How were the Kakadu magnetic termite mounds formed?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/15/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Discover how Kakadu’s towering magnetic termite mounds are formed by the small creatures.

Not only does Litchfield have tall and old magnetic termite mounds, but so does Kakadu! The termite mounds within Kakadu National Park last up to 60 years and can be as tall as six metres high!

The magnetic termite mounds were formed by the termites from their saliva, soil, and dung. It can take years for a termite to build a solid mound. Kakadu also can get a lot of heavy rain which often damages or can collapse the termite mound. So, the termites are working overtime to keep rebuilding their structure!

Where to find the Kakadu termite mounds

In the southern part of Kakadu National Park, you can see these towering magnetic termite mounds. But the best place to see them is along Maguk Road in the Mary River region.

The reason why the termites build the mounds

Essentially, the termites build the mounds to be used as a home for millions of termites. Inside the mounds, there is a network of tunnels with many areas for their food and a main nesting area.

What else to see in Kakadu

Kakadu is one of Australia’s largest national parks with a lot of opportunities to explore this region of the Territory.

Jim Jim Falls

Sitting at 200 metres tall is Kakadu‘s largest waterfall, Jim Jim Falls. The waterfall is an impressive site and best to be seen during the wet season when the water is flowing the best.

However, if you visit during the dry season, you can swim here! Always be aware of crocodiles when swimming in the water here or anywhere in the Northern Territory.


Ubirr is known for its 2000 year old Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu. Ubirr has five galleries featuring different rock art. You can expect to see paintings of fish, turtles, a Tasmanian tiger, and other paintings that have a story.

The best way to see the rock art at Ubirr is by following the one kilometre circuit walk.

Yellow Water 

Yellow Water is one of Kakadu’s best spots to see all the different types of wildlife. You can walk along the edge of the water on the boardwalk or even do the cruise! Yellow Water is a peaceful part of Kakadu and has a rich variety of flora including the beautiful pink and white waterlilies.

The best way to get around Kakadu and experience it fully is by driving a four wheel drive. If you’re not confident in doing so, there are plenty of tours available from Darwin. This day tour includes seeing Aboriginal rock art, spotting saltwater crocs on a cruise, and many more.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.