Kakadu

Kakadu, photo by Nttc
Kakadu (photo by Nttc)
 

Kakadu National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Northern Territory of Australia, and the largest national park in Australia.

It contains one of the highest concentrated areas of aboriginal rock art sites in the world; the most famous examples are at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr.

The landscapes of Kakadu are diverse and set the scene for outback adventure travel, aboriginal culture and nature activities.

Nature and wildlife abound in this area, which is known for its high level of biodiversity.

 

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Aurora Kakadu

Aurora Kakadu hotel is set in the lush surroundings of the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. It is located in the South Alligator region of Kakadu, just 2km from the river. You can marvel at the stunning wildlife from this unique property. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$81 - $226

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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

From the marble foyer to its uniquely shaped exterior, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile is a retreat in the wilderness of Kakadu National Park. It features a central outdoor pool, which is surrounded by a landscaped courtyard. Just a 2. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95 - $246

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Kakadu Lodge

Nestled amongst tropical landscaped gardens, in the heart of Kakadu National Park, Kakadu Lodge boasts a lagoon style swimming pool and an onsite bar and restaurant. Guests enjoy a spa pool and BBQ facilities. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$11

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Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Located in the heart of Kakadu National Park, Cooinda Lodge Kakadu offers air-conditioned rooms with a private courtyard. Guests enjoy access to outdoor swimming pools and a restaurant. Warradjan Cultural Centre is 1 km from the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$120 - $254

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Kakadu Lodge

Kakadu Lodge

Nestled amongst tropical landscaped gardens, in the heart of Kakadu National Park, Kakadu Lodge boasts a lagoon style swimming pool and an onsite bar and restaurant. Guests enjoy a spa pool and BBQ facilities. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$11

$11-
Aurora Kakadu

Aurora Kakadu

Aurora Kakadu hotel is set in the lush surroundings of the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. It is located in the South Alligator region of Kakadu, just 2km from the river. You can marvel at the stunning wildlife from this unique property. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$81 - $226

$81-
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

From the marble foyer to its uniquely shaped exterior, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile is a retreat in the wilderness of Kakadu National Park. It features a central outdoor pool, which is surrounded by a landscaped courtyard. Just a 2. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95 - $246

$95-
Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Located in the heart of Kakadu National Park, Cooinda Lodge Kakadu offers air-conditioned rooms with a private courtyard. Guests enjoy access to outdoor swimming pools and a restaurant. Warradjan Cultural Centre is 1 km from the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$120 - $254

$120-

Highlights:

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Combination
Archeological Sites

Aboriginal Rock Art

Kakadu is known for its rock art, including both petroglyphs (motifs that are pecked, ground, incised, abraded, or scratched on the rock surface) and pictographs (paintings or drawings in one or more colors using mineral pigments and plant dyes on the rock surface).

Ubirr. This is perhaps the best known. The galleries can be viewed by following an easy flat one kilometre circular walking track. During the tropical summer months access is restricted, so check with the Bowali Visitor Centre for the latest information.

Nourlangie Rock. The walls of the Nourlangie Rock Art Site have served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years. Paintings such as Namarrgon, lightening man, explore the relationship of the people to their country and beliefs.

Nanguluwur. Located near Nourlangie Rock, this is a smaller site where many rock art styles are represented -- from hand stencils, dynamic figures in large headdresses carrying spears and boomerangs, to Namandi spirits and mythical figures.
Natural
Hiking and Trekking
There are many hikes throughout the park, including a wide variety of short and easy day walks as well as some longer, more challenging full day walks. Check seasonal access. A permit is required for anyone wishing to do an overnight bushwalk and plenty of advanced planning since the routes are unmarked, and extend through remote and rugged country with variable climatic conditions.
Wildlife and Plants
Kakadu is home to 68 mammals, more than 120 reptiles, 26 frogs, over 300 tidal and freshwater fish species, more than 2 000 plants and over 10 000 species of insects. It provides habitat for more than 290 bird species.

Its internationally important wetlands are a major staging point for migratory birds. These “billabongs”, which floodsto join other waterways during the tropical season, also attracts millions of migratory birds each year. This includes jacana, egrets, jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese and many other native species. Daily boat tours can be booked via Cooinda, with dawn the best for bird watching.

The billabongs are also home to freshwater and saltwater crocodiles, which sleep on the banks for most of the day, but can also be seen floating or swimming in the water.
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Combination
Boat Tours
Natural
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