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Kakadu National Park: Aboriginal and wildlife treasure

Posted on November 15, 2010 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment

Nestled in Northern Territory of Australia at a distance of 171 km from Darwin, the Kakadu National Park is a journey of exploration related to the Australia’s wildlife and the Aboriginal art. Designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site, the park’s name is obtained from the mispronunciation of an Aboriginal language called Gagudju. Nestled in the Alligators River zone, the Kakadu national park is very vast such that it measures equal to the nation of Israel in size. Since 40,000 years, this preserved area has been populated by the Aboriginal people and so you can expect an alluring glimpse of the aboriginal art and culture besides wildlife in this part of the Northern Territory. Today, this land is the home of around 500 Aboriginals of which many own the park.

This esteemed area of the Northern Territory boasts three diverse features – cultural, ecological, and biological. Speaking about its last two features, the Kakadu national park tour includes its four major river systems, six major landforms including tidal flats and the stone country, over 12000 species of flora and fauna, and the Ranger Uranium Mine. Talking about its cultural feature, the Kakadu national park tour offers over 5000 art and archaeological sites revealing all about the Aboriginal life.

Floral highlights

The Kakadu national park is among the weed free parks on the planet and also is the home of the richest flora in the Northern Territory. There are more than 1700 plant species here adorning its different landscapes.

The Stone Country holds the resurrection grasses that can survive in severe heat and monsoon forests in the airy gorges. The Southern Hills and Basins support several common plants unique to Kakadu such as the Eucalyptus koolpinensis. Further, the vast Lowlands  are carpeted with woodland and grasses bearing wild flowers.

In the Floodplains, you can see sedges, freshwater mangroves (itchy tree), colorful water lilies, paper bark trees (Melaleuca), and pandanus. On the other hand, the Estuaries and Tidal Flats bear a majority of the mangroves species of the Northern Territory that protect the coast and support fishes, hardy succulents (samphire), sedges, grasses, and deserted monsoon forests packed with the banyan fig, large red flowers, and the kapok tree with a thorny trunk.

Fauna highlights

On your Kakadu national park tour, you can greet all types of rare and endemic animals of which some are seen either during the day or at night. There are 60 mammal species such as the nocturnal marsupials and placental mammals, 117 reptile types including two crocodiles genus and nocturnal snakes, 25 frog species on the wetlands, and 10,000 insect species including flies, grasshoppers, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, non-biting midges, and mayflies. Among the latter ones, the most stunning are the termite mounds in the south area of the park. And yes, on the Arnhem Land plateau, do not forget to spot the stunning Leichhardt’s grasshopper in black, orange, and blue.

In addition, look for the invasive species such as the Water Buffalo, Cane Toad, wild pig, and Salvinia molesta in the Magela floodplain along with the brumbies all of which have threatened the surroundings.

Natural highlights

Check out for the pretty gorges and waterfalls – Gunlom, Maguk, and Jim Jim Falls via a four wheeler drive.

Aboriginal art sites

Most of the aboriginal paintings of rock are seen at Nanguluwur, Ubirr, and Nourlangie (Anbangbang gallery) nestled in the rocky outcrops. These aboriginal arts show the following aspects:

  • Hunting
  • Religious ceremonies
  • Stories of the Creations and Learning
  • Sorcery and Magic indicating fun and play

Ubirr refers to a series of projections in the far north. Nestled on rim of the Nadab floodplain close to the East Alligator River, the site is known to witness plenty of food as revealed by aboriginal art paintings here, which also shows animals like mullet, barramundi, goanna, catfish, pig-nosed turtle, snake-necked turtle, Tasmanian tiger, and Rock-haunting Ringtail Possum. Other displays include the Rainbow Serpent occupying most of the terrain, mischievous Mimi spirits, and Namarrgarn Sisters’ tale.

Nourlangie, adorning the Arnhem Land Escarpment, is the land of several shelters associated via stairs. The dwellings boast wonderful paintings that reveal the Aboriginal belief of the creation ancestors and some more tales known only to some aboriginals. The Anbangbang Billabong exhibits a multitude of wildlife here. Besides this aboriginal art site, a small land of Nanguluwur show off the paintings of hand stencils, Namandi spirits, dynamic portrayals with boomerangs and figures, and mythical personalities such as Alkajko who is a female soul with four arms and prickly projection.

The Kakadu national park accommodations are available in the town of Jabiru, South Alligator, and Cooinda. Camping sites are also there for nominal fees and with proper facilities.

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