An Ancient Australian Landform


Kakadu National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171km south east of Darwin.

Kakadu is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory.

It covers an area of 19,804km², extending nearly 200km from north to south and over 100km from east to west. It is about one third the size of Tasmania and nearly half the size of Switzerland.

The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive mines in the world,is surrounded by, but separate from the park.

Historical information

The name "Kakadu" comes from an Aboriginal language called Gagudju which is one the languages spoken in the north of the park at the beginning of the 20th century. Although languages such as Gagudju and Limilngan are no longer spoken regularly, descendants of these language groups are still living in Kakadu.

The Kakadu area is home to the oldest human culture in the world. Aboriginal people have been living in this region for at least 40,000 years.

Flora and Fauna

Kakadu's Flora is among the richest in Northern Australia with more than 1700 plant species recorded in the area. Kakadu is also considered to be one of the most weed-free national parks in the world.

The Kakadu National Park is home to many different types of Fauna. Some animals in the park are very rare or endemic (species that can only be found in one particular area). Due to the extreme weather conditions at Kakadu, many animals are nocturnal and others only become active at certain times during the day. About one third of all Australian bird species live in Kakadu. Many snakes, turtles, goannas, crocodiles and lizards can also be found there.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

by hugh bellis