World Wetland's Day - come and join us!
World Wetland’s Day is upon us, celebrated annually across the globe during February (traditionally 2 February). This year’s theme is Sustainable Use. Kakadu is the epitome of wetland’s – internationally significant for our migratory bird species, home to over 300 tidal and freshwater fish species, 26 frogs and a resource for our 120 reptiles, 2,000 plants and over 10,000 insects! Not to mention the importance our wetlands has played for our Bininj people for thousands of years.
Kakadu will be hosting a World Wetland’s Day event at Bowali Visitor Centre on Saturday 6 February 2016. There will be a free BBQ, fun activities for the kids, show and tell displays from the park, ERISS, NESP and ERA, a wetland’s photo competition and your chance to win some great prizes!
Australia 20 most amazing views
Kakadu National Park and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park have both been listed in Australia 20 most amazing views by Experience Oz + NZ.
Kakadu gained two placings for Gunlom falls and Ubirr, while Uluru took out the number one spot for it's sunrise/sunset viewing.
We've always know our parks are amazing, but it's great to see others think so too.
Winners announced for the six day intrepid birding experience for two people in Kakadu National Park
Anthony and Riley Nimbs are the lucky winners of this amazing escape. They will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in remote avifauna surveys, explore the park with an expert birding guide, cruise Yellow Water on a private tour and will participate in Kakadu Bird Week from 14 to 21 October!
Monitoring toad-smart quolls at East Alligator
The northern quoll is a small marsupial predator that was once abundant in Kakadu. Sadly, after cane toads arrived in the park in 2003 we saw quoll numbers decline.
Ssspecial sssight for Kakadu visitors!
Driving to work in Kakadu isn’t always your regular trudge to work! One morning I was treated to a special wildlife encounter – an olive python, over three metres in length, crossing the Kakadu Highway right near the Bowali Visitor Centre. The python was making its way across the road, and I’m pleased to say everyone slowed down to let it get safely across.
Million Dollar Fish
You never know your luck! Tourism NT are running a competition where you can win a million dollars for catching a tagged barra (that’s a barramundi to our overseas friends!). You can try your luck fishing across the NT – register for the comp today and there are even more prizes up for grabs. The comp kicks off on 1 October.
We make no guarantees that you’ll catch the winner at Kakadu, but in the meantime the park’s still a great place to catch a barra. Remember to stay safe and alert though – you should always assume there are crocodiles in any body of water at Kakadu. Click here for more on croc safety.
West Alligator Head open Friday 17 July from 4 pm
Following the Two Mile/Four Mile Hole track leads you to West Alligator Head (Waldak Irrmbal) - this is the only opportunity to view Kakadu's pristine coast line by land. Bush campsites are available – please take water with you and obey all safety information on-site.
Bird week - 14-21 October 2015
See Kakadu's remarkable birds during Bird Week!
Kakadu is a birdwatcher's paradise - from woodland birds of the tropical savannah to water birds gracing the region's famed billabongs, to richly voiced birds ringing across majestic sandstone escarpments.
NAIDOC Week 2015
This week-long celebration runs from 5 to 12 July 2015, Australia wide. Here in Kakadu, our wonderful staff are hosting an event on Thursday 9 July at Bowali Visitor Centre from 10 am to 3 pm. Including clutural demonstrations, a sausage sizzle, flag raising ceremony, kids activities and competitions, it's going to be a great day!
Free ranger activities
Join our rangers for free activities throughout Kakadu, including daily art site talks, walks, painting and weaving demonstrations and evening slideshows. Download our current list of activities here or cntact Bowali Visitor Centre for more information on 08 8938 1120.
The Today Show at Kakadu
Channel 9's Today Show is broadcasting live from Kakadu. Tune in on Monday 25 May to catch see the beauty of the top end and some of the exiting experiences on offer..
Kakadu’s grasshopper population healthy
One of Kakadu’s iconic species – the brightly-coloured Leichhardts grasshopper is showing healthy populations across a number of survey sites.
In 2012 a large, hot bushfire occurred and we expected to see less alyurr the following year. However, in January 2014 there was a huge increase in numbers at one of the regularly surveyed sites – from 13 to 800 individuals.
Gunlom open for the May long weekend!
Over the past month, extensive works have been happening at Gunlom. The road has been upgraded from the previous 4WD track to a gravel 2WD road. The picnic, BBQ and bathroom facilities have also been upgraded. Whilst we still have some more work to complete on the road, our contractors will be taking a well deserved break this long weekend allowing access to the public.
The site will open from 5 pm Friday 1 May 2015 but with a strict departure time of 8 am Tuesday 5 May to allow the road workers to close the site again to finish the upgrades. Forecast re-opening for the remainder of the season is 10 May 2015. There is a 40Km speed limit on the Gunlom Road so please obey all signage.
If you have no plans for the long weekend, where better than to spend it at Gunlom relaxing by the natural infinity pools at the top of the falls – see you there!
Anzac Day - 25 April 2015
ANZAC Day ceremonies will be celebrated in the Jabiru Town square commencing at 5.00 am on Saturday 25 April concluding with a community breakfast - all welcome.
Please be advised as part of ANZAC Day celebrations, RAAF Hornets will be low flying over the vicinity of the Jabiru township at approximately 8.30 am tomorrow morning.
Two Mile Hole opens early
This popular fishing spot in the South Alligator region re-opened for the year on 5 April 2015. It is a small, tree-lined billabong near a shady camp area, about 12 km from the Arnhem Highway by dirt road.
Two Mile Hole is open a month ahead of schedule, thanks to the extra work we’ve done to stabilise creek crossings, helping the road survive the wet season flooding in better condition.
Bush walking strategy
Kakadu has released the draft of their new bushwalking strategy. We extend an invitation to provide comments on the draft Walking Strategy which will be available for comment until COB Friday 20 March 2015.
Guluyumbi wet season cruise
The Guluyumbi wet season cruise is now operating on the Magela wetlands and offering exclusive wet season access to Ubirr. For bookings please call them on 1800 525 238
How far does a flatback turtle swim?
Every year Kakadu staff, traditional owners and volunteers camp on Gardangarl (Field Island) and study the turtles as they come ashore to nest. Last August we fitted satellite tags to two nesting females, Manbiri and Yurrwa, before they returned to the water, and we’ve been following them ever since.
An array of sharks in Kakadu’s waters
We’ve been out on the West Alligator River for a second survey of sawfish and river sharks. The first survey took place 12 months ago and discovered a significant population of northern river sharks in this remote Kakadu river.
Kakadu National Park – Draft Management Plan
The Kakadu Board of Management has prepared a new draft management plan to guide park management over the next 10 years. The new draft management plan is a strategic document which sets out how the park will be looked after. It is also a legal document – it is essentially the law for the park under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and sets out the activities that can and cannot be done in the park.
Saving our threatened species
Love Kakadu’s wildlife? So do we!
We’re ramping up action to save threatened species like our northern quoll.
Kakadu’s first ever Bird Week, held at the end of September 2014, was a great success. Kakadu is a birdwatcher’s paradise, and ornithologists from around Australia took advantage of the week’s program of activities.
Teams surveyed a huge number of birds, including key threatened species within the park, particularly in remote and publicly inaccessible areas. A total of 153 species were recorded.
Kakadu’s bird week highlighted the amazing natural values and biodiversity of Kakadu National Park. It also provided an opportunity to raise awareness of species that are in trouble and the challenges we face in our efforts to protect them.
Data collected from the surveys will help guide the park’s conservation and management efforts, supporting species recovery in the area.
- Visitors had some exiting sightings including:
- Yellow chat (endangered Alligator River subspecies)
- White-throated grasswren
- Rufous Owl
- Flocks of 800-1,000 brolga
- Red-backed buttonquail
Other birds spotted during the week include the white-lined honeyeater, banded fruit-dove, sandstone shrike-thrush, chestnut-quilled rock-pigeon, little curlew, rainbow pitta, partridge pigeon, australian bustard, spotted harrier, black-breasted buzzard, wedge-tailed eagle, buff-sided robin, variegated fairywren, northern rosella, black-tailed treecreeper, tawny grassbird and zitting cisticola.
Click here to see the program from the 2014 Bird Week