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Warradjan Cultural Centre, Cooinda, Northern Territory, Australia

Warradjan Cultural Centre

Two kilometres from Gagadju Lodge Cooinda, Kakadu National Park, Cooinda, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: reservations@yellowwater.com.au
Website: www.gagudju-dreaming.com
9000600 Phone Number: 61 08 8979 0051
Fax Number: 61 08 8979 0148

Learning about Aboriginal art and culture is central to the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land experience. Start your visit at the Warradjan Cultural Centre near Cooinda. There you will discover the ways in which land means life for Aboriginal traditional landowners of Kakadu in a fascinating exhibit that explains their cultures. The exhibit 'Our Land is Our Life' explains hunting techniques used in different seasons, the recent history of the park, blood lines and marriage rights, tribal elder stories and the effects of white settlement in the Top End. The gallery 'Come Look and Feel Our Culture' helps you to gain an understanding of the Aboriginal traditional landowners (Bininj) and their country. After you have journeyed through the display and explored the many facets of Bininj Culture, you can browse through a gallery of arts and crafts from the Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Katherine regions, on display and for sale. The majority of artworks are produced by local artists of this country. Warradjan Cultural Centre is open from 9am to 5pm daily and is located two kilometres from Gagudju Lodge Cooinda and Yellow Water Billabong.

Yellow Water - Kakadu National Park Northern Territory

Yellow Water

7.5 kilometres off the Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionyellow.html
9000866 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Yellow Water is a landlocked billabong brimming with native flora and fauna and is one of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park's best-known landmarks. See the park's wildlife on board a Yellow Water Cruise or during a walk along the boardwalks on the water's edge. Known as Ngurrungurrudjba, the billabong is located near the small settlement of Cooinda. It is home to crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo and other wildlife. Get out onto Yellow Water as part of a boat cruise for a closer look at a rich variety of wildlife. The vast range of resident birdlife includes jacana, egrets, jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese and many other native species. Stroll the boardwalk to study the Paperbark forests, pandanus and fresh water mangroves that line the shore. The surface of the billabong is dotted with beautiful pink and white waterlilies. When the waters recede, take the walk across the floodplains to a viewing platform on Home Billabong - a great place to take in an unforgettable Top End sunset. Call in to the Warradjan Cultural Centre building to find out more about Aboriginal culture. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu.

Gunlom Plunge Pool, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia

Gunlom Plunge Pool

200 kilometres south of Jabiru, Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionmary.html
9000744 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Gunlom Plunge Pool, located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, is a magical combination of seasonal waterfall and serene plunge pool, with picnic areas shaded by tall gums. From the top of Gunlom you will be rewarded with sweeping vistas of three habitats of the southern hills and ridges of the park - stone country, woodland and riparian (riverine) areas. At the top take a relaxing and well-deserved dip in the crystal clear pools. If something more sedate is more your style, take the flat easy walk to Murrill Billabong for some great birdwatching, or follow the short walking track to the main pool below the seasonal waterfall. Bring your lunch and enjoy the grassed, shady picnic area. If you're staying over at the popular camping area (not far from the pool and waterfall), you'll appreciate the facilities such as the solar-powered hot showers. Australian Traveller voted the Gunlom Top Pools within Australia's Top 100 best views and Hooroo has also recently voted Gunlom as a finalist in Australia's 'Secret Spots'. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.

Kakadu National Park - Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu National Park

via Arnhem and Kakadu Highways, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu
9000747 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu National Park is teeming with wildlife, home to important Aboriginal rock art sites, and takes in diverse and exotic landscapes. This has earned it a World Heritage listing for both its cultural and natural values. Kakadu is a wild place, and its landscapes undergo spectacular changes throughout the year. Bininj/Mungguy people have lived on and cared for this country for 50,000 years. Come to marvel at some of the park's prolific rock art, and get a sense of one of the longest historical records of any group of people on earth. As you explore you will see a sample of the more than 2,000 plant species, a quarter of Australia's freshwater fish species and more than a third of its birds that are resident in the park. Join a cruise to see saltwater crocodiles, and go mad with the camera at sunrise and sunset. Challenge yourself to tackle one of the extensive network of four-wheel drive and bushwalking trails. Kakadu is three hours' from Darwin on the Nature's Way tourism drive. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required.

Jarrangbarnmi / Koolpin Gorge - Kakadu National Park Northern Territory

Jarrangbarnmi/Koolpin Gorge

Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/permits/kakadu-jarrangbarnmi.html
9000871 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Located in the southern part of Kakadu along the Gunlom Road, Jarrangbarnmi/Koolpin Gorge is known by some as 'The Jewel' in the crown of Kakadu National Park. It is a very pretty gorge with great views from the top by the waterhole. Take a dip in the plunge pool, stroll through the scenic bush surrounds or enjoy a picnic by the water's edge. The area is home to a variety of unique native wildlife, including many species of migratory birds. The Jarrangbarnmi/Koolpin Gorge walk is a 2 kilometre moderate grade unmarked track that will take you upstream to plunge pools and waterfalls. Rare species to the area include the rare Koolpin gum, the Kakadu dunnart small carnivorous marsupial the giant cave gecko and the rare hooded parrot nests in termite mounds. Access to Jarrangbarnmi/Koolpin Gorge is restricted, and you must have a permit, whether it's for a day trip or for overnight camping. A limit of 40 people are allowed to use the area at any one time and the area is open to both independent travellers and tour operators. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.

Nourlangie Rock Art Site, Jabiru, Northern Territory, Australia

Nourlangie Rock Art Site

Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionnourlangie.html
9000657 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

The walls of the Nourlangie Rock Art Site, in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, have served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years. The paintings are a window to a rich spiritual tradition and can be reached by the circular 1.5 kilometre Nourlangie Rock Art Walk. Between April and October, hear a Park Ranger speak this about ancient gallery and the relationship of the local people to their country and beliefs. Learn how they sheltered here during the storms of the Gudjewg season (January to March). Explore the three main sites around Nourlangie Rock - the Anbangbang rock shelter, Anbangbang gallery and Nanguluwur art site. In the main (Anbangbang) gallery you will see the Creation Ancestor Namondjok, and the Creation Ancestor Namarrgon, the Lightning Man. Climb to the Gunwarddehwardde Lookout, and be rewarded with sweeping views of both Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock. The stories say that Namondjok and Namarrgon took the form of short-eared rock wallabies as they travelled this area, where they cut two crevices in the rock as they passed, these are visible today. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.

Jim Jim Falls - Kakadu National Park Northern Territory

Jim Jim Falls

60 kilometres south of Jabiru, turn off the Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionjim.html
9000745 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Whether they are raging with water or reduced to a mere trickle, the majestic Jim Jim Falls are a sight to behold at the end of a challenging four-wheel drive track in the southern escarpment country of Kakadu National Park. Jim Jim Falls is an imposing 200 metre high waterfall. See it from the air during the tropical season when water roars over the drop and the road is impassable. Take the challenging drive in the dry when the falls are reduced to a trickle to get up close. Marvel at the contrast between the red ochre of the Arnhem Land escarpment and the white sandy beaches. It's worth the 900 metre walk across the rocks to take a dip in the crystal clear water of the plunge pool. Turn east off the Kakadu Highway 43 kilometres south of the Bowali Centre. Then travel a further 60 kilometres along the four-wheel drive tracks. Allow two hours one-way. Please note speed limits and drive safely, as the last 10 kilometres of track includes areas of soft sand. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.

Twin Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Twin Falls

70 kilometres off the Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionjim.html
9000597 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Twin Falls is set in the magnificent World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Access to the falls is via the Twin Falls Gorge Boat Shuttle Service that will ferry you to the base of the falls. The shuttle service returns regularly until late in the afternoon. Visit between December and May, when the falls are at their dramatic best. Take a scenic stroll along a boardwalk to the cascading falls where you will be rewarded by panoramic views of the towering red escarpment and sparkling waters. Afterwards, sit down and relax on the white sandy shore and take in the beauty around you. As access is not always possible due to weather conditions, please check with the Bowali Visitor Centre for the latest road and weather conditions. Tickets must be pre-purchased, and are available at the Visitor Centre. From Garnamarr travel 8 kilometres towards Jim Jim Falls, turn right and travel a further 10 kilometres to Twin Falls. The last section includes a deep water crossing at Jim Jim Creek - dry season only, high clearance four-wheel drive and snorkel recommended. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.

Bowali Visitor Centre - Kakadu National Park Northern Territory

Bowali Visitor Centre

Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/publications/kakadu/visitor-guide.html
9000575 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Before you start exploring Kakadu National Park, get familiarised by exploring the Bowali Visitor Centre. Spend an hour at the interpretive centre where you can watch a 25 minute audio visual presentation to help you gain a greater understanding of Kakadu's landscape and moods, then take a walk through the interpretive displays. Videos are shown on the half hour giving different perspectives on Kakadu and its international significance. The habitat based display and library gives you detailed information about the park and how much there is to see and do. Take a look at The Marrawuddi Gallery for Aboriginal arts and crafts, books and gifts, then enjoy a coffee at the cafe. To enjoy the Bowali Visitor Centre you must enter Kakadu National Park. An entry fee of AUD25.00, per person over the age of 16 years, for a 14 day pass is required.

Mamukala Wetlands and Bird Hide - Kakadu National Park - Northern Territory

Mamukala Wetlands and Bird Hide

Arnhem Highway, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionsouthalligator.htm
9000703 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Visit Kakadu National Park and take shelter in the bird hide to watch bird life undisturbed across the waters of Mamukala wetlands, located on the Arnhem Highway about two hours drive from Darwin. Mamukala is beautiful all year but at its most dramatic in the late dry season (September - October) when thousands of magpie geese congregate to feed - a must-see for avid photographers and birdwatchers. An observation platform allows you to view the birdlife and a mural illustrates the seasonal changes that occur through the year. There is a three kilometre walk adjacent to the wetlands, allowing you to spot up close egrets, darters, herons and forest kingfishers. Paperbark trees and Pandanus line the wetland perimeter, and keep an eye out for the pretty water lilies in various colours. The walks vary in length from one to four kilometres, and allow one to two hours for the full walk. The Gu-ngarre Walk is only accessible during the drier months, check wet season access. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.