Kakadu National Park is one of the most internationally renowned places in Australia and is World Heritage listed due to its exemplary cultural heritage and ecological conservation significance. Its unique environment has been defined by its traditional owners as having twelve seasons, rather than four, to accurately describe the intricate ecological changes that occur here.
The diversity and abundance of fauna in the park is astounding and most easily appreciated at the end of the dry season when the billabongs are at their smallest; tens of thousands of waterbirds are jostling for the last patches of water. But then the summer wet season floods the area again, brushing the iridescent colour of life across the expansive plains, jump starting the cycle again.
Joining the early morning Yellow Water Billabong cruise is recommended for those that want to get up close and personal with the wildlife, including the most feared inhabitant of the park; the crocodile. With its spiny ridges the crocodile looks prehistoric, and indeed it has evolved very little since the Jurassic era because it is such a winning design. So remember to keep your limbs in and only swim in designated watering holes, unless of course you want to visit its underwater pantry!
The moonlit cruise on the billabong is equally as memorable and enjoyable. It is less humid and the symphony of the evening chorus dances on the still night air. It is also humbling to gaze up and see the eternal stars painting the same dream-time story that it always has and always will. Similarly, standing atop Ubirr, with its well preserved rock art, it is easy to forget about the past 40,000 years and yearn to revert to a more connected and respectful living arrangement with the land.
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