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Kakadu National Park: A Treasure of Australia

Kakadu has perhaps the widest variety of landforms in Australia. Learn a little more about this national park from Wanderer-in-Residence Gary Arndt

by Gary Arndt Posted on 06 November 2013

Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory is one of my favorite places in Australia. It is one of the most significant parks in Australia, not only for wildlife (birds, crocodiles, kangaroos) but also for landscape and ancient aboriginal rock art. Kakadu has perhaps the widest variety of landforms in the country. There are four rivers which provides a wetlands, but there are also semi-arid regions, grasslands and rocky hills. It is one of only 29 world heritage sites on Earth which is recognized for both its natural and cultural value.

Kakadu is easy to visit from the Northern Territory capital of Darwin as it is only 3 hours away by car or bus. While you could visit Kakadu on a day trip, I advise spending at least one night in the park if not two. The park is large enough to take up at least two days.

Tourists watching a sunset.
Aboriginal rock painting in the Anbangbang gallery at Nourlangie Rock
Male crocodile
Pond flower
Birds in a tree in Kakadu National Park