What animals can you see in Kakadu National Park?

Kakadu National Park is a rich environmental landscape, home to a huge range of animals.

With so many distinct landscapes, from wetlands to rocky escarpments and everything in between, Kakadu National Park has enormous biological diversity. Both common and rare native animals live in Kakadu and with a bit of patience you might be lucky enough to sport some!

Australia’s little marsupials

Some of Australia’s smallest and rarest marsupials live in Kakadu. Spotted only in the evenings with the keenest eye, northern quolls and brown bandicoots can be seen in the woodlands of the National Park. Northern quolls hide in hollow logs and crevices during the day before emerging at night to hunt small insects, birds, and amphibians. Northern brown bandicoots, however, prefer to scavenge for fruits and mushrooms.

In the waters

Kakadu and much of the Northern Territory are famous for being home to crocodiles but they aren’t the parks only aquatic animals. In the rivers of Kakadu, you can find some of the world’s rarest sharks, the spear tooth and northern river sharks! With only 250 wild adults of each species left, it is extremely rare to see them, but you never know what your luck might be. On the beaches near West Alligator Head, you might find flatback turtles. Each year females come to lay their eggs in the sand here, and you can sometimes see them floating on the ocean surface catching some sun rays.

Look up, there’s plenty to see! 

Other than the magnificent array of birdlife throughout Kakadu, you’ll also find flying foxes. Kakadu is home to two types of flying fox, little red and black. Don’t be fooled by their names though, you’re not looking for a fox with wings, but megabats! These animals are highly social, and you can see them sleeping in large colonies in forests and mangroves during the day. As the sun begins to set, they spread their wings and begin their evening search for food.

Finding animals in Kakadu

Spotting animals can sometimes be hard, so we have a few tips to help you in your venture.

  • Plan your day.

    Animals are most active during sunrise and sunset when there are fewer people around, so plan to be up nice and early or situated in a good position as the sky begins to darken.

  • Look for clues showing that animals have been near.

    Tracks, droppings, and scratches are all great indicators that animals have recently been in an area.

  • Waterholes near creeks attract animals.

    Keep still and quiet in these areas to see animals come to the water to drink or hunt.

  • Often, you’ll hear animals before you see them.

    Listen for animal sounds, rustling and movement to see if an animal may be near.

  • Use binoculars.

    Our eyes are only so good, and a set of binoculars will help you see further without disturbing the wildlife.

  • Don’t feed, touch or approach wildlife.

    You are a visitor in their home, and you should not disturb them with your presence.

No matter what area of Kakadu National Park you find yourself in, the vast range of wildlife will amaze you!

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