Kakadu National Park is 171 km east of Darwin, located within the Alligator River Region of the Northern Territory of Australia. It covers an area of 4,894,000 acres and is the size of Israel. The name Kakadu comes from the mispronunciation of ‘Gagudju’ which is the name of an Aboriginal language spoken in the northern part of the Park. Kakadu is ecologically and biologically diverse. The main natural features protected within the Park include four major river systems, six major land forms, a remarkable variety and concentration of wildlife.
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Crocodile spotting in Yellow Water billabong
Visit the Yellow Water billabong aboard an aluminium flat-bottom motorised vessel. This exciting cruise through the Kakadu wetlands is escorted by a local guide, who will pass on fascinating insights into this ancient wetland and the ways in which the indigenous Bininj people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands including whistling ducks, magpie geese, eagles, jabiru storks and brolgas (Australian crane). The Yellow Water region is also an excellent place to spot saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to five metres long.
Scenic flight over Kakadu National Park
For the finest views over the immense Kakadu National Park, take a scenic flight with Kakadu Air. Fly over ancient sandstone pillars, towering escarpments, rugged gorges, vast floodplains, winding rivers and placid billabongs to gain dramatic views only possible from the air. Standard flights last 30 minutes. One-hour flights are also available, taking you to some of the best views that are just that bit further away, such as the awesome Jim Jim and Twin Falls, which are in flow between January and May.
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