Kakadu National Park: One of the Planet’s Greatest Wilderness Areas
If you’re keen to get out in the wilderness on a trip to Oz, there is no better place to visit than the Kakadu National Park – the country’s biggest national park area. Located in the North of Australia and spanning almost 20,000 kilometers – that’s almost half the size of Switzerland – Kakadu has been an Australian national treasure since 1979.
Kakadu is a great place to just set out to explore, though its sheer size can make it daunting for those with limited time. With that in mind, here are three adventures that you wouldn’t want to miss.
There is always something new to discover when you take a walk in one of the seven regions of Kakadu National Park. No one will take the same path, so everyone has a completely unique experience. Packed with breathtaking views and the most natural way to take in Vitamin D, these walks will help you appreciate the vast landscape and immense beauty of Australia.
When you set your sights on a particular area of the park, make sure to check that the trail is open as some may be closed due to monsoon seasons. Details are listed on the Kakadu National Park website.
Kakadu National Park has two boat cruises that allow you to see the local wildlife in its most natural habitat. The cruises are one of the best ways to learn more about the cultural landscape as the tours are led by Aboriginal people, inhabitants of the park for more than 50,000 years.
The first of the cruises is the award-winning Yellow Water Cruise. This cruise gets you up close to the wildlife of the ever-changing landscape and the guides will educate you about the secrets of the Kakadu only known by tribal elders.
The second of the cruises is only offered in the tropical summer, but it is such a fantastic experience that it might be one to plan your trip around. Once the floodwaters close the road, this is the only way to get to one of the major Kakadu sights: the ancient Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr. After taking in all the history and culture that Ubirr has to offer, sit back and enjoy the breathtaking sunset with the clearest of views.
Plane and Helicopter Rides
Another great way to take in the landscape of Kakadu is to book a flight over the landscape. If there is one way to truly appreciate how large the park is, this is the way to do it. From thousands of feet above the ground, passengers will be able to see the rivers and cliffs from a one-of-a-kind viewpoint. The best time to grab a seat would be in the tropical summer when the waterfalls Jim Jim and Twin Falls are in full force.
So what are you waiting for, pack your hiking gear! It’s a trip that you won’t forget anytime soon.
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