8) Sense some ancient wonder at Kakadu National Park
In the wild and exotic Northern Territory of Australia lies one of the planet’s enormous treasures, The Kakadu National Park – Australia’s biggest national park covering an area of 8,000 square miles and contains an incredible variety of landscapes and bizarre creatures found nowhere else on Earth, wildlife plants – many of which remain unclassified, and a land home to the Aborigines, the oldest human culture in existence.
The ancient Aborigines of Kakadu have lived here for 50,000 years. They left behind one of the most incredible collections of ancient art in the world. Many people come to the park just to see these beautiful and unique paintings. Discover ancient rock art galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie dating up to 20,000 years old (one of the longest historical records for any group of people in the world). The rock art galleries reveal some of the world’s finest example of traditional X-ray art.
Kakadu offers many activities. Hike to the top of rugged escarpments, lush rainforest, take in thundering waterfalls or soar above them and witness millions of migratory birds among the wetlands. Kakadu’s birdlife will blow you away. From colourful to majestic birds of prey, Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species.
Go croc watching at lakes, considering Kakadu has abundant of crocodiles – the largest and most dangerous reptile on earth. There are a couple of great spots for safely observing these prehistoric predators around the park. Make sure to observe all safety signs, and be aware that whenever you are near water in the park.Today, their numbers are increasing about 6,000 in Kakadu alone.
Of Kakadu’s many cascading waterfalls, Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls are the most breathtaking. Also, the ancient springs at Maguk feed waterfalls and serene pools. The cool, green water is a welcome relief during the afternoon heat, as temperatures rise to 90 degrees. It is no wonder that this is considered one of the most beautiful places in the park.