Kakadu Tours, Facts about Kakadu
Kakadu Tours – Kakadu Facts
Kakadu National Park is in the Northern Territory and is a protected area 171 km’s southeast of Darwin.
The Kakadu National Park is located within the Alligator rivers region in Australia.
Kakadu is in Australia’s “Top End” and is one of the most popular attractions and destinations in Australia. It is known for its wildlife, natural beauty and Aboriginal history.
How big is Kakadu National Park?
- 20,000 square kilometres
- Half the size of the Switzerland
- Kakadu became a National Park in 1979
- Kakadu Rock are is dated back as far as 20,000 years
- Kakadu has a wet season, the region gets 1.5 metres of rain, the wet season is amazing and a beautiful sight
- The name “Kakadu” is a result of the European interpretation of a local Aboriginal language
- Kakadu is a World Heritage Area
- The South Alligator River is the only river system in the world to be within and protected by a National Park
- Kakadu has six seasons – Wurrgeng, Gurrung, Gunumeleng, Gudjewg, Banggerreng, Yegge
- The temperature at Kakadu ranges from 40+ degrees Celsius in summer to around 30degrees Celsius in winter with night time tembertures around 17 degrees – yes it is a warm and nice place!
- The wet season is December to March
Flora and Fauna Kakadu facts
- Spear Grass grows as high as 3 metres after the wet season
- Kakadu Tours see crocodiles, the park is home to more than 10,000 crocodiles which is a tenth of all the crocs in the Northern Territory
- The termite mounds in Kakadu are over 6 metres in height!
- There are around 2,000 different plant species from mangroves to waterlily covered billabongs to woodlands
- There are around 280 different types of birds in Kakadu – around 1/3 of all the bird species in Australia
- 80% of the land is covered by open savannah woodlands
- There are over 10,000 different insect species in Kakadu
- There are both salt water and fresh water crocodiles in the National Park
- There are over 300 tidal and freshwater fish species
- There are 26 frog types
- There are 68 species of mammals
- Over 120 reptile species
Traditional Owner facts
- The traditional owners of Kakadu are the Bininj / Mungguy people and they have lived and cared for the land for over 40,000 years.
- There are approximately 5,000 recorded Aboriginal art sites in the park with a further 10,000 sites believed to be yet undiscovered.
- The art dates back as long as 20,000 years ago
- More than half Kakadu National Park is Aboriginal land
- The traditional owners the Aboriginal people manage the National Park in partnership with parks Australia
- Aboriginal people still live in Kakadu, some in towns and some in settlements and they still spend much time out on country hunting, fishing and caring for the land just as their ancestors did
- The local language is Gagudju
Kakadu is an amazing place and our enjoyable Kakadu tours are the best way to see the main highlights. Kakadu Tours from Darwin are available.
For more information on our Kakadu tours or Tours from Darwin, please contact us.