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  • Kakadu lies 150 miles east of Darwin,

  • in a region Australian’s fondly call, The Top End.

  • While Canberra, might be the seat of the nations power,

  • Kakadu is one of those few places where youll discover the country’s soul.

  • World Heritage Listed Kakadu is a geological,

  • biological, and cultural wonderland,

  • it’s more than just a national park,

  • it’s a national treasure.

  • The Bininj and Mungguy people have been caring for this country for over 50,000 years,

  • and today, are happy to share parts of their Country, knowledge and Dreaming, with you.

  • A three hour drive from Darwin, Kakadu is open year round,

  • but most visitors come during the Dry Season, from May to October,

  • when most of the park’s roads are open. Just because this is the Outback,

  • don’t think you have to rough it. There’s comfortable hotels and campsites,

  • and visitors centers where you can stock up on supplies, fuel and information.

  • Youll need to set aside a few days to fully explore Kakadu, and once there,

  • the best way to experience the park is by off-road vehicle and on foot.

  • The park has around 25 marked trails, from short walks to multi day hikes.

  • The walk to Jim Jim Falls is only half a mile, but it’s a walk that youll never forget.

  • Clamber through a lost world of hidden canyons,

  • past waters that mirror the sky,

  • before arriving at an ancient a plunge pool surrounded by perfect beaches and 500 foot cliffs.

  • Six miles away, is Twin Falls. Here, at the end of forested gorge,

  • is the sort of place many dream about, but few will ever see.

  • Another great place to cool off is Gunlom Falls. From the campground,

  • hike to the top of the falls for views all the way to far-off Arnhem Land,

  • then take your pick from a series of crystal clear pools shaded by eucalypts.

  • Kakadu is dotted with thousands of art sites,

  • with some ancient galleries featuring paintings dating back over 20,000 years.

  • Created using local ochres, and sometimes even blood,

  • these artworks give an insight into the lives of Aboriginal peoples throughout the centuries.

  • Nourlangie Rock was the wet-season home to generations of Aboriginal people.

  • Here youll come face to face with Namarrgon, The Lightning Man, who, every wet season,

  • splits open the clouds with his axe, bringing thunder and new life to the country below.

  • A couple of hours drive to the north, are the galleries of Ubirr.

  • See paintings of the Rainbow Serpent,…the wildlife of the wetlands below,…and above,

  • in impossibly high places, paintings said to be created by mimi spirits.

  • At the end of the day,

  • climb up to the outlook and wait, as Mother Nature paints her own masterpiece across the sky.

  • Another great way to explore Kakadu is by boat. Take a cruise through the park’s richest wetlands,

  • the Yellow Water Billabong. Drift across lotus-covered flood plains,

  • past Jabiru and Magpie Geese,…and say G’day to the parks most famous residents,

  • the salt and fresh water crocodiles.

  • But to really appreciate the incredible scale and majesty of Kakadu,

  • take to the air. A chartered flight will have you soaring over the East Alligator River,

  • Dinosaur Ally,…The Magela Wetlands,… places untouched by the hands of time.

  • So, if youre dreaming of adventure, don’t just dream ~ do it.

  • Come and share the spirit of Kakadu, it’s been waiting here since the dawn of time,

  • just for you.

Kakadu lies 150 miles east of Darwin,

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