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 5pm Friday 1 May 2015 but with a strict departure time of 8am 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 0500hrs 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 0830hrs tomorrow morning.
2 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.
2 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.
See Kakadu’s remarkable birds in our second 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.
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