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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.
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.
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