How old is Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park, nestled in the lush area of the Northern Territory. Jam-packed with unique wildlife, fascinating history, and captivating culture of the local Aboriginal people, Kakadu promises an adventure for the whole family. But how long does its history stretch back to?  

 Its Aboriginal Linkage

 Kakadu has a very strong cultural and historical connection with the aboriginal people. The indigenous community of Kakadu are the Bininj and Mungguy People. The Bininj people are residing in the north of the park, whereas the Mungguy community are within the south. They both have a very strong link with the land, having a kinship with the wildlife living within. Back in ancient times, the local Aboriginal lived completely in the park, with no permanent residents due to the changing seasons. Instead, they moved around the park to hunt and gather, setting up stringy-bark and paperbark shelters near billabongs for shelters.

 Before the European invasion, around about 2,000 people lived in Kakadu, which has now dropped down to 500. Despite this, the current community are proud to share their culture and history, while protecting the environment as their ancestors did. With information centres and even ancient rock art on offer for visitors to marvel at.  

 Becoming a National Park

 Over the years the land became increasingly significant and important to the country, with the government first proposing the lush bushland to be a national park in 1965. It took an entire decade to make this proposal a reality, but finally, it was confirmed in 1975. The name Kakadu was actually originally from a mispronunciation by Sir Baldwin Spencer, an anthropologist. They actually mean it to be ‘Gagudju’, which was the name of the language of the local community.

 Naming it Kakadu

 The word ‘Kakadu’ was actually a mistake, and a mispronunciation by the anthropologist, Sir Baldwin Spencer. Kakadu is actually meant to be ‘Gagudju’ which is the name of an Aboriginal language spoken in the north of the Park, near the Alligator River region. The word itself has no actual meaning behind it, merely a title.

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