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Kakadu Australia

Striking Beauty, Rugged Adventure

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Kakadu wetlands are a wildlife haven

Kakadu wetlands are a wildlife haven

© Australian Tourist Commission 1997

Kakadu.

Gnarled, twisted, massive trunks of towering rainforest trees with their green canopies almost touching the sky, sheer cliffs and escarpments with the rush of water dropping in cataracts to raging rivers or suddenly placid pools below, exotic and quite often dangerous wildlife, and the pervasive mystery of a timeless land...

These provide the quintessential view of an Australia many travelers dream of, and which you can surely find in Kakadu in the Northern Territory at Australia’s Top End.

Kakadu, Australia’s largest (19,000 square kilometres) and possibly most exotic national park, exudes the very visions, sounds and smells — and the romance and danger — of Crocodile Dundee country.

Imprints of history

Located within 260 kilometres east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Kakadu has been home for more than 50,000 years of Aboriginal people who today speak one of three major languages: Gundjeihmi/Mayali, Kunwinjku or Jawoyn.

The name Kakadu itself comes from "Gagudju" which was the main Aboriginal language at the start of the 20th century.

Half the area of the national park is owned by the Australian national government, the other half by the Aboriginal people who have left their imprint and their history on the rock walls of their home.

Kakadu National Park is an inscribed World Heritage site.

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