Kakadu National Park

Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions

COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions to keep the community safe. It is important to comply with the current travel restrictions and to use the Territory Check-In app to register at visitor sites and campgrounds in Kakadu.

The anbinik is the giant of the Arnhem Plateau, with a trunk that can measure more than three metres in diameter.

Found in the valleys and sandstone gorges of the escarpment, anbiniks have shiny dark green leaves growing in sets of three.

These hardy trees flower every three to seven years during Kunumeleng (October–December), producing small cream flowers with feathery stamens. The fruits open in late Kudjewk (February–March) and let their seeds fall to the ground to germinate.

Anbinik forests provide homes for numerous animals. Take a stroll under the shade of these huge trees to hear the sounds of Kakadu’s endemic white-lined honeyeaters.

Culture

Bininj/Mungguy use the anbinik’s sticky sap as an antiseptic for cuts and sores. The wood is sometimes used to make fighting sticks.

These trees are very sensitive to fire, so anbinik forests are traditionally excluded from patch burning. Instead, Bininj/Mungguy burn the area at the edge of the forest to create a fire break.

Other names

  • Scientific name: Allosyncarpia ternata