Wet Season triggers great breeding conditions in Kakadu and the numbers of fish just explode, Fisheries Biologists visit and survey the fish numbers and then return the fish to their home.
It is during this time that the Great Water Buffalo can be seen on the flood plains. Respect them and keep a long way away from the Water Buffalo because this amazing animal can be extremely aggressive and will charge at anyone.
The same is said for the crocodiles. The Freshwater crocodile is smaller than the 'Salty' the Saltwater Crocodile, and the waters can be infested with these fascinating ancient creatures. The Freshwater crocodile has a very noticeable narrow snout and lives in freshwater rivers and billabongs. They are not often found in the tidal rivers. Length of the freshwater crocodile can be up to 3 metres and can have a lifespan of over 50 years.
The 'Salty' saltwater crocodile has a broad snout and can live to over 70 years of age and his body length can reach up to 6 metres long. Salty uses a wider variety of living places and not only lives in the freshwater rivers like the freshwater crocodile but also lives in the tidal rivers, the billabongs and the coastal and open seas.
These ones get around! Salty will eat Turtles and birds and large land animals as well as his usual fish.
From 1940 for almost 20 years crocodiles were close to extinction hunted for their skins and for sport. At last in 1971 crocodiles became a protected species and numbers have risen and now Kakadu National Park has over 10,000 crocodiles, a great achievement to all concerned.
An incredible and diverse range of Fish, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals , Amphibians and Invertebrates reside in Kakadu National Park. Some are not found anywhere else in the world. Some are rare and some are
considered an endangered species.
The animal life are all found at different times of the day, depending on the weather being wet or humid or hot or dry, night sunrise, sunset or night time.
The largest Kangaroo from Northern Australia is the
Antilopine Wallaroo, males being slightly reddish and
the females and young are a more greyish/blue colour.
Other mammals live in the vast woodlands and forest
regions and come out at night.
One of Kakadu's Amphibians is the Green Tree Frog,
an amazing startling green colour that live in the
lowland forests, however the majority of the frog
population lives in the wetlands.
Birds come and go from various countries and some just stay put. Nearly 300 species of birds are recorded and tourists are encouraged to report any unusual sightings. A checklist of the bird population is available from the offices of the Bowali Visitor Centre and the Murrawuddi Gallery.
The curious looking tall mounds standing up tall in the southern area of Kakadu are the termite-mounds.
Awe inspiring site created by insects! Hundreds of these
termite mounds surround the area, some of them reach
a staggering height of more than 6 metres and can be
found in the Southern part of the Park, along
the Maguk Road. In the waterways of Kakadu live the Fish. A record system totals 53 species of freshwater fish living near the escarpment waters in the billabongs and creeks and the Magela Creek system and all water
systems that will support the fish species.
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel/accorhotels.com.au
Phone: 61 8 8979 9000
1 Flinders Street, Jabiru, NT 886 Australia
The Mercure Crocodile Hotel is a fully serviced Hotel, the only one in Kakadu with a 4 star rating.
Entrance is through the marble entrance and has High Speed Internet - Parking - TV - Disable Access - Air Conditioning - Pool - 24 hour Reception - Audio Visual Equipment - Business Centre - Currency Exchange
Meeting Rooms - Safe Deposit Box and Wake Up Service. A Golf Course and Fitness Centre are close by.
The Hotel is in the shape of a crocodile which can be perfectly seen from the air.
For Information re. Flights by fixed wing plane or helicopter
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Cultural Tours and so many more Adventures.
Our Land has a big story.
Sometimes we tell a little bit at a time.
Come and hear our stories, see our land.
A little bit might stay in your hearts.
If you want more, you can come back.
Ancient Wonders of Kakadu
This World Heritage listed Park set in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171 kilometres from Darwin. This massive park is the size of Slovenia or nearly half the size of Switzerland. Australia has 516 National Parks covering 25 million ha., also 2,700 designated conservation areas and 45 marine protected areas.
It took 12 years from 1979 until 1991 for Kakadu to be declared, over
3 different stages a National Park and therefore a Protected Area.
The Indigenous People of Kakadu are the Traditional Owners of Kakadu
and are known as the Bininj and the Mungguy.
The Park is managed for by these traditional owners together with the
Twelve languages were spoken
once upon a time by different Clans, each with their own
different traditions and their
The name Kakadu came from the Gagudju language and in
present time is only rarely spoken although descendants of that clan
still reside in Kakadu.
Three languages remain, the Jawoyn language, the Kunwinjku and Gun-djeihmi languages.
The Aboriginal People the oldest living culture on this Earth have lived in Kakadu for 50,000 years.
Kakadu National Park is located within the Alligator Rivers region and covers more an area of 19,804 ( 7,646 sq.m. ) extending nearly 200 kilometres ( 124 miles ) from North to South.
This beautiful National Park has a tropical monsoon climate with 6 different seasons. These seasons are divided into the following:
Gudjewg ------------Late December until end of March and is the monsoon season.
Banggerreng ------April is the time of clearing rainclouds and the floodwaters are receding.
Yegge ----------------May until the middle of June and is quite cool with humidity being very low.
Wurrgeng -----------Mid June until the middle of August is cold. Temperatures range from 17C ( 62F ) to 30C ( 86F ) with low humidity and the flood plains and most creeks dry out.
Gurrung -------------Mid August until mid October is a hot and dry season.
Gunumeleng ------Mid October until late December. Temperatures range from 25C ( 77F ) to 40C
( 104F ) and is the pre - monsoon season and brings with it a high range of humidity. Showers and thunderstorms show themselves during these seasons. A season of extremes.
When organizing your visit to Kakadu, take into consideration all these wide ranges in the weather. If you wish to see the beautiful waterfalls during a tourist flight from a helicopter or fixed wing plane then check with the company for the most suitable times to visit the waterfall. Extremes in humidity and temperatures and when to best see which animals in particular that you want to see just check with the Hotel and Tour guides.
Enquiries to: Kakadu National Park HQ,
KNP P.O.Box 71
Jabiru NT 0886 Australia
Telephone: +61 (0)8 8938 1100 or HQ 08 89381120
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Left Emu / Middle Kakadu Waterfall / Right Saltwater Crocodile
Left Kakadu river / Middle Koala / Right Kangaroo
'Salty' Saltwater Crocodile
Termite mound, Kakadu Park NT
Aboriginal Rock Art copyright EcoPic
Yugambeh Aboriginal Man
Ancient Rock Art
The Wilderness and Wildlife and Ancient Culture of Kakadu entices visitors from all over the World to visit this Magical Place, the Ancient Rock Art Galleries are the oldest in the world and are World Heritage listed.
Approximately 5,000 Ancient Rock Art Sites can be found and recorded in Kakadu and Arnhem Land combined and another 10,000 sites are thought to exist. These paintings are estimated to go as far back as 20.000 years with some depicting sacred creation beings such as the Lightning Man and the Rainbow Serpent.
At Nangulawur are paintings of the first Tall Ships bringing people, strange people to their Land.
Ancient Wonders of Kakadu
Green Tree Frog