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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.

Nanguluwur Rock Art Site and Walk, Kakadu Area, Northern Territory, Australia

Nanguluwur Rock Art Site and Walk

via Nourlangie Rock Road, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/explore/rock-art-nourlangie.html
9097920 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Nanguluwur Rock Art Site and Walk is a pleasant walk through woodlands leading to a quiet art site with fascinating Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu National Park. The Nanguluwur art site, near Nourlangie Rock, is reached via the Gubara Road, about 20 kilometres from the main service centre of Jabiru. Allow two hours for the 3.4 kilometre round trip along the easy to moderate grade track, allowing plenty of time to appreciate the rock art. Though it is a fairly small gallery, many styles are represented. As you pass through the woodlands, keep a keen eye out for the rarely seen white-throated grass wren. When you arrive, take your time exploring the wide range of subjects and styles. There are hand stencils, dynamic figures in large headdresses carrying spears and boomerangs, and representations of Namandi spirits and mythical figures, including Alkajko, a female spirit with four arms. You might be surprised to see an example of contact art, a painting of a two-masted sailing ship with dinghy trailing behind. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu National Park.

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.parksaustralia.gov.au/kakadu/do/boat-cruises.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.

Bardedjilidji Walk - Kakadu National Park Northern Territory

Bardedjilidji Walk

via Oenpelli Road, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/publications/kakadu/visitor-guide.html
9097924 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Bardedjilidji Walk is one of Kakadu National Park's most interesting short walks. The 2.5 kilometre trail winds through layered sandstone, woodlands and wetlands alongside the East Alligator River. You can complete it by yourself or join the guided walk on Mondays. Bardedjilidji is the local Aboriginal word for walking track or pathway, and also refers to the roots of waterlilies growing in freshwater swamps and billabongs. Experience a number of different habitats on the trail, from sandstone formations that were islands in the sea in at the time of the dinosaurs, to monsoon vine forest and wetland areas. Look for the black wallaroo in the early morning among the shaded sandstone outcrops. Stop at the cave that provides daytime shelter for insects, geckos and bats, and which once would have been a cool shelter for Aboriginal people. Look carefully to see some rock art here, but please do not touch/rub the paintings. Enquire with the Bowali Visitor Centre about accessibility - the track is subject to weather conditions and guides' availability. Allow two hours for this easy to moderate walk, which starts at a small car park 500 metres from the upstream boat ramp on the East Alligator River.

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.

Yurmikmik Walks, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Yurmikmik Walks

via Gunlom Road, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Northern Territory, 0886
Email: kakadunationalpark@environment.gov.au
Website: www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu/visitor-activities/regionmary.html
9097918 Phone Number: 61 08 8938 1120
Fax Number: 61 08 8938 1123

Spend the tropical summer taking the Yurmikmik Walks in the southern region of Kakadu National Park. Follow the interconnected trails that lead to stunning waterfalls and scenic lookouts. Yurmikmik is the Jawoyn name for the country between the Marrawal Plateau and the South Alligator River. You will notice the changes in the landscape as you walk from the cool creeks and monsoon forests into the heat of the open woodlands, and from the trees in the woodland valley to the stunted rocky ridge and plateau vegetation. You can choose from the 2-kilometre return Boulder Creek Walk into woodland and monsoon forest, or the 5-kilometre return Yurmikmik Lookout Walk up a stony ridge to views over Jawoyn country. The 7.5-kilometre return Motor Car Falls Walk follows an historic vehicle track and offers cool creeks shaded by rainforest. Experienced walkers can take The Motor Car and Kurrundie Creek circuit walk of 14 kilometres, a more difficult overnight walk. The Yurmikmik Walks in the southern hills and ridges are enjoyable in the tropical season, but beware of flash flooding in creeks during this time. An entry fee of AUD25.00 per person over the age of 16 years is required to enter Kakadu.