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Listed under Wildlife Reserves in Kakadu, Australia.

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Made famous by “Crocodile Dundee”, Kakadu National Park is one of the best places to visit to see Australia’s varied wildlife. Some of the park's most famous inhabitants are the crocodiles and water buffalo, though kangaroos, wallabies, possums, bats, kookaburras, goannas and other visitors' favourites are all here if you know where to look for them. There are also exotic birds and large and varied populations of fish, reptiles and insects.

Located at the top end of Australia, nearest to the equator, the park supports a range of ecosystems, from the wetlands favoured by buffalos and waterfowl, to the low lying scrub and tall grasses where the kangaroos live and the rocky bushland of the escarpment.

The six- to ten-foot castle-like termite mounds are the park's most interesting insect feature, created by huge termite colonies out of dried grasses. The hot days mean that most animals, including the crocodiles, are most active in the evenings and at night.

This is also a place of great traditional significance to the aboriginal population, and paintings on the walls of many of the park's caves tell the stories of the people who have been living in this area for thousands of years.

Kakadu National Parks Authority Site.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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“Kakadu National Park”

'This unique archaeological and ethnological reserve, located in the Northern Territory, has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years. The cave paintings, rock carvings and archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of the regi… Read more...

Written by press. UNESCO Information on Kakadu National Park

“Kakadu - from a guides perspective”

Having been involved as professional guide in Kakadu for over a decade, I have observed a few key points for travellers to get the best out of their trip to Kakadu. 1. Kakadu is huge and diverse, give yourself as much time as possible, three days shou… Read more...

Written by  Chris Buykx.

“Animal magnetism”

By James Jeffrey for The Australian First Published May 23, 2009 I've already been introduced to the fine art of licking the backsides of green ants (for the citrussy zing, as you'd expect) in north Queensland, but it's in Kakadu that traditional owne… Read more...

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don't think you'll find Quinkins here (try Cape York) - Mimis in Kakadu

My Kakadu

I was lucky enough to grown up in Kakadu National Park. There is a very small permanent population made up of those who work for the mine, scientists who monitor the mine and the parks and wildlife service. As a child I had geckos running up and down my walls at night, a seven foot goanna living under our house and one of the kids in my brother's class at school's Dad was eaten by a crocodile.

We weren’t allowed any pets (because it’s a National Park) but used to catch and rear tadpoles and blue tongue lizards. We were lucky enough to be taught at school about the aboriginal land maintenance techniques and about what you should and shouldn’t eat in the bush as well as learning about how the land and it's inhabitants were shaped and formed during the Dreamtime (if you visit make an effort to hear the story of the Rainbow Serpent and the Quinkins at least.).

Kakadu is a mysterious place, some parts of which non-aboriginals need a permit to enter. A lot of it is unchartered territory, full of caves, rocky out crops, still, shimmering wetlands and strange, silent, pressing bush. It can be dangerous but it still seems like a vast exciting playground to me.

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