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Wetlands Harmony - Yellow Waters

Our visit to Kakadu National Park during our 10 day holiday in the "Top End" of Australia was the highlight of our visit to the Northern Territory.

I had previously visited Kakadu in February 1999 during the wet season which in itself was amazing, however due to the vast amount of waters the wetlands were totally covered by water. Birdlife migrates during the wet season and although we went Barramundi fishing on 2 days we never sighted any birds or crocodiles.

Our recent visit was to show my wife some of this fascinating country, to enjoy the beautiful countryside, the waterfalls and billabongs, the rivers and wetlands teaming with birdlife, crocodiles and numerous other animals. We also took the opportunity to learn more about the original owners of this country, the Australian Aboriginal people.

The park is home to 1,000 plant species, a quarter of Australia's freshwater fish species, and more than a third of its birds.

Located 171 km south east of Darwin it is less than a 3 hour drive on sealed roads and most of the major tourist attractions can be accessed on sealed roads.

Kakudu National Park is situated 12 to 14 degrees south of the Equator and has a Monsoonal climate with definite Wet and Dry seasons.The dry season is May to September with the best weather, in my opinion, being July and August.

A Short History

The Kakadu National Park was established in 1981 and covers an area of 20,000 square kilometres. Jointly managed by the Government and the traditional owners, the Bininj People who have lived in this area for at least 40,000 years.

The park is World Heritage Listed for both its Natural and Cultural values, being amongst a few sites that have gained dual listing.

An extremely old park with the bedrock underlying the sandstone plateau and gorges being1.6 billion years old.

White people discovered the area during the second half of the 1800's, their influence on this area being for less than the last 150 years.

  • Last visit to Kakadu National Park: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 13, 2009
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Mike, Kakadu NP looks like a fantastic place to visit! You managed some very nice bird shots and your various adventures sound like a lot of fun! Lots of great information in this little page.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Great to see the wildlife and learn about the ecology from local Aboriginal guides. I never knew crocodiles had such a good memory!

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2009 at 4:44 AM

    Hey Mike! I thought I'd stop by your page before going to work this morning - what a treat! Very interesting info, thanks for sharing :o)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    an interesting page, thanks for sharing ! It must be great to get so close to these giant crocodiles !

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    fascinating page, great images of course, most interested in the aboriginal art. Pig nosed turtle indeed.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Nice page. We have a pair of Jabiru that return to our dam every year. At the moment, Magpie geese are here! That Yellow waters cruise is the best, we enjoyed it too!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    A fantastic photograph here! Amazing that they both do cope in harmony! Nice page, I'll be back!


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