The Kakadu Arnhem region is home to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. To the north and south of the park are two separate communities of Aboriginal people, with the Bininj to the north and the Mungguy to the south. Within the land are 19 clan groups, each with their own respect and rituals connected to the land.
Tours of the Kakadu National Park and Arnhemland can take you over land, water or skies. By helicopter, boat or foot, you can experience ancient rock art dating up to 20,000 years old, wildlife, waterfalls and rockpools, water plains and ancient rainforests. Spanning 20,000 square kilometres (half the size of Switzerland) there is plenty to see, no matter how many times you return.
By car, the drive from Darwin to the Kakadu National Park will only set you back around an hour and 40 minutes. Many people will hire a caravan to make the trip, or make the drive and stay in a hotel, cabin or pitch a tent in a campsite, with the option of going old-school with a swag under the night sky. If you’re planning on coming during May to October (the region’s dry season), book early. However, visiting during November to April may see some sites flooded due to the wet season.
The traditional land owners of Kakadu recognise six distinct seasons within the region. Some variations to weather and plant life may be small to others, but to the Aboriginal people, could mean needing to relocate until a season has passed. For example, the Gudjewg season during December to March is known as Monsoon season, while April alone is known as Banggerreng, or ‘Knock ‘em down’ storm season.
Within Kakadu National Park, there is just own township, known as Jabiru. It’s 252km south east of Darwin, so stock up if you plan on making a trip.
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