Wednesday 29 February 2012


Kakadu National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171 km southeast of Darwin. Kakadu National Park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region and covers an area of 19,804 square km (7,646 square miles), extending nearly 200 kilometres from north to south and over 100 kilometres from east to west. It is the size of Slovenia, about one-third the size of Tasmania, or nearly half the size of Switzerland. The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive Uranium mines in the world, is contained within the park.
The name Kakadu comes from the mispronunciation of Gaagudju, which is the name of an Aboriginal language formerly spoken in the northern part of the Park. Kakadu is ecologically and biologically diverse. The main natural features protected within the National Park include: Four major rivers, six diverse geographical landforms and a huge variety of native flora and fauna.

Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40 000 years. Kakadu National Park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. There are more than 5000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. The archaeological sites demonstrate Aboriginal occupation for at least 20 000 and possibly up to 40 000 years.   The cultural and natural values of Kakadu National Park were recognised internationally when the Park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is an international register of properties that are recognised as having outstanding cultural or natural values of international significance.

Approximately half of the land in Kakadu is aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and most of the remaining land is currently under claim by Aboriginal people. The areas of the Park that are owned by Aboriginal people are leased by the traditional owners to the Director of National Parks to be managed as a national park. The remaining area is Commonwealth land vested under the Director of National Parks. All of Kakadu is declared a national park under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

This post is part of the Watery Wednesday meme,
and also the Outdoor Wednesday meme.

During the wet season (Gudjewg - November-April),  floodplains are full, waterfalls are flowing, native vegetation is vibrant, and dramatic storms and sunsets are common

Nymphaea violacea - native blue water lily

Nourlangie Rock - A significant aboriginal cultural site with many rock paintings
The "X-ray" tradition in Aboriginal art is thought to have developed around 2000 B.C. and continues to the present day. As its name implies, the X-ray style depicts animals or human figures in which the internal organs and bone structures are clearly visible. X-ray art includes sacred images of ancestral supernatural beings as well as secular works depicting fish and animals that were important food sources
Ubirr, another significant site with many rock paintings 
A barramundi (local fish) rock painting


  1. Park wspaniały i szkoda, że mogę tylko pomarzyć o zobaczeniu tak cudownego miejsca. Dziękuję, że mogłam zobaczyć jakąś część jego na Twoich świetnych zdjęciach. Pozdrawiam . *** Park and great pity that I can only dream of seeing such a wonderful place. Thank you, I could see some part of it on your great photos. Yours.

  2. That definitely reminded me of our trip up North about 20 years ago - seeing the Yellow River first thing in the morning, climbing up to view the rock paintings and then higher to survey the land below - thanks for the memories. Hopefully we'll be able to do it again sometime
    Take care

    Cathy @ Still Waters

  3. What a fabulous time you must have exploring your wonderfully diverse country, camera in hand. I like that you share enough photos of one location so that we can appreciate the area. My favorites are the first and last photos for their subdued hues. All displayed together would make a wonderful exhibit.

  4. Wow, those rock paintings...incredible!!! And the native blue lily is just too pretty for words!!!!

    My Wednesday Post is: BOB HALL PIER on North Padre Island

  5. the blue water lily is magnificent and you captured it so perfectly

    the rocks are amazing

  6. -Back from Tanzania-
    So beautiful pictures. I have been here and I remember my trip seeing your photos!

  7. Thank you SO much for showing me around this park! I loved the blue water lily and the wall paintings. This was a real treat!

  8. Fascinating to see where you are taking us. All these totally different plants, places, landscapes and now art.

  9. A trip to Kakadu has been on my wishlist for a while now. Your photos make me want to go there even more badly. Nice work!

  10. The wonders of Australia. I would love to visit this country so very much.


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