| Kakadu National Park
|Population: 2,000, |
Height above sea level: ,
Location: 220km south east of Darwin
Highway: Arnhem Hwy
Nearest Major Town: Darwin
Nearest Airport: Darwin
Touring Area: Top End
The Jim Jim falls at Kakadu
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KAKADU NATIONAL PARK: World Heritage Area (listed 1984)|
LOCATION: Kakadu National Park is located 250km.south-east of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway.
At its centre is the township of Jabiru which serves as a touring centre for the region.
SIZE: 86,000Ha. (19,000 sq km.)
The name Kakadu comes from the aboriginal "gagadju" the main language spoken in the area at the start
of the 20th. century. Aboriginal people have inhabited the site for an estimated 40,000 years and
much evidence of their culture can be seen in the many shelters, the paintings, and stone tools and
implements which can be found.
The best known features of the park relating to aboriginal culture are Ubirr and Nourlangie Rock
where the legend of the 'Dreamtime' will be presented and explained.
The legends of this part of Australia relate to the creators 'Namarrgon' the Lightning Man and
'Ngalyod' the Rainbow Serpent. Cave paintings, the oldest aboriginal paintings in the world,
depict fish, birds and animals and are presented as 'X ray" paintings showing internal organs as
well as outward appearance. The famed body stencils of hands and feet are created by spitting
ochre over a hand held against the wall to outline an individuals 'handprint'. There are some
5,000 places of aboriginal significance within the park.
between November and March, the "Wet" season the flood plains fill and become home to millions
of birds and the waterfalls spring to life as the evening monsoonal downpours fill the billabongs
and rivers and allow water access to most of the park. Flights over the park to view some of the
inaccessible areas can be spectacular and to see the Jim Jim Falls in full flight from the air is a
FEATURES: Rugged mountain scenery with walks, waterfalls,wetlands and numerous species of
flora and fauna. Accommodation and camping.
An extensive eco-system has evolved in the region and the park is home to 275 species of birds,
75 of reptiles, 25 0f frogs, some 10,000 of insects and 1,600 species of plants.
There is an entry fee of *$15.00 per adult for 14 days (free entry for children under 15) and
there are camping sites which might attract additional fees scattered around the park.
There is hotel/motel accommodation at Cooinda, Jabiru and South Alligator River and tours
operate from Jabiru to thge main features of the park.
Sealed roads allow conventional vehicle access to most of the park all year although 4WD will be
required to reach Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls and Maguk. Light planes and helicopters provide scenic
flights and information on the park is available from the National Park on
Telephone: (08) 8938 1100
* Prices may increase since this report was compiled.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Crocodiles and Wildlife
Jim Jim Falls
ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES:
Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre
Cnr. Mitchell & Knuckey Sts. Darwin. NT 0800
Ph: 08 8936 2499
HOW TO GET THERE:
By car along the Stuart Hwy. south from Darwin to the Arnhem Hwy then east.
- Light Plane
- Coach or Rail to Darwin then coach.
© Copyright Peter W. Wilkins