Interesting Facts about the National Park

Many people visit Kakadu National Park because they hear of the spiritual experiences, adventure and amazing landscape that awaits them. These facts are all true, the Kakadu National Park is a vibrant and integral part of the Australian landscape that can’t be seen in just a single day. Many people will do at least two or three nights minimum in the park so they can really get in touch with the natural environment that surrounds them.

Indigenous Heritage

Kakadu has been home to Bininj people in the north and the Mungguyin people in the south for at least 20,000 years though some experts claim it could be more around the 40,000-year mark. Being the oldest surviving culture on earth, the Indigenous Australians of Kakadu feel it’s their purpose to tend to the land and protect it. There are over 5,000 sites of significance in Kakadu and 500 people live on the land today.

UNESCO Protected Site

Kakadu National Park spans an area of 20,000 square kilometres and more than half is owned by the traditional Indigenous Australians whose culture spans back around 65,000 years in the area. Kakadu is also a UNESCO World Heritage Protected site due to its abundance of plant and animal life and beautiful example of the Australian outback.

Animals and Plant Life

Kakadu is home to a diverse biosphere of plant and animal life, with some endangered species only being found in that very park. There are currently 53 species of fish, 170 plants and 280 bird species known at Kakadu National Park. One third of all bird species in Australia are found in Kakadu. Wildlife can be viewed at all times during the day but the early morning and when the sun sets is when the animal life is more active.

Six Seasons

While there are two main seasons in Kakadu; the wet and dry, there are actually another 4 seasons that the traditional landowners acknowledge which is related to the animals, plants and weather across the land. There’s monsoon, ‘knock em down’, cooler but still quite humid, colder weather, dry hot weather and pre monsoon storm seasons.

Largest Waterfall in Kakadu

The largest of the waterfalls in Kakadu is Jim Jim Falls, which also happens to the taller than the falls at Litchfield as well. Its impressive height lends itself to a majestic rain fall during the wet season which sees thunderous amounts of water pouring over the side. Visit in the dry season and you can get closer to the base by climbing over the boulders.

Cathedral Termite Mounds

One of the most impressive natural landmarks of Kakadu? Termite mounds! These grand structures can grow up to 20 feet in height and are all the work of termites who work diligently inside them. These structures are solid but inside feature of series of tunnels that allow the termites to quickly move around.

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