The landscape of the Kakadu National Park is one of the most impressive wonders of Australia. Kakadu possesses dreamlike landscapes, a lush vegetation full of life, a variety of views, a humid climate typical of all its qualities, waterfalls, rivers, extensive plains, stony hills, ravines and diverse types of plants. Australia has been left with all the beauty of the region. One of the most important attractions of Kakadu National Park is its large amount of Aboriginal art and expression, lots of very old memories.
If you are thinking about visiting Australia, this has to be a mandatory destination, you must stop here and admire everything that the Kakadu National Park has to show, and you can enjoy it all on a four-wheel drive safari. Kakadu is located a couple of hundred kilometers southeast of the state capital Darwin, which can be easily reached by the Stuart Highway. Kadaku is located in the South Alligator River system.
Visiting the Kakadu National Park means meeting with more than 1600 species of plants, over 300 species of birds, around 500 sites of aboriginal rock art and their famous crocodiles. The park is full of this impressive and scary animal, and it is very interesting to imagine being in the era after the extinction of the dinosaurs. It may be easy to arrive but once there, the park provokes feelings of detachment to this whole world full of technology. It allows us to disconnect from everything and enjoy natural wonders.
The infrastructure of Kadaku is magnificent and from the main road of the park, you can access many places, including Nourlangie Rock which is one of the homes of aboriginal rock art. The 20,000-year-old art gallery stands in a series of caves, and shallow rock shelters surround this massive, flat-surfaced sandstone outcrop. The best way to get to know this spectacular rock is to walk the path marked in reverse and start from Gunwardewarde Lookout.
Nourlangie Rock has a great variety of well-preserved works of art, ranging from the beginning of the history of humanity, to the most modern repainting in the 1970s. By listening to the stories of those who know it, you can feel as if you live the Aboriginal dream; the Australian natives make an incredible effort to recreate the history of their land and to describe the moment of creation. The great protagonist of all these stories is the Anbangbang Gallery, which is based on a rock that stands out, where you can understand the Namondjok art that represents a skeletal figure known as Namarrgon, the Lightning Man.
Although the easy access places are incredible, finding the true gems of Kakadu requires a little more effort: you must ride in a four-wheel drive with an experienced guide to board the many off-road routes. Maguk, or the Barramundi ravine, is located on a long, narrow sandy track where the emus are located. Kangaroos and kookaburra birds sung in staccato are just some of the exotic animals you can see on the tour. With the humidity, the hot conditions, and the long walk to reach Maguk, the delicious pools are tempting even if there are crocodiles in them.
There is another wonder, which is rarely mentioned in maps or travel guides: the Graveside Gorge, a paradisiacal swimming well fed by two-level waterfalls. Surrounded by red rock walls, it is accessed through a beautiful path bordered by termite mounds called “cathedral”, that look like imposing fins and resistant cycads. These plants, which have survived two periods of mass extinction on the planet, have lives similar to palm trees and can live for 2500 years.
And once you have had your Kakatu pass and have lived the whole experience, we recommend the perfect way to end the adventure: boarding a boat for a trip to the Yellow Waters, a virgin wetland that is part of the flood plain, full of History of the South Alligator River. In grassy areas, the sea eagles, jabirus and geese coexist and create a dream place for birdwatchers, while they are among the shadows. The crocodiles infesting the water will make your heart throb quickly, as they slide silently towards you under the murky water, and no matter how big your boat is, you will feel these towering predators will jump in any moment.
Anyway, the Kakadu National Park and all its attractions will leave you with eyes wide open and more in touch with your wildest side, it will be an experience you will never forget, and we invite you to live it.
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