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.

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NT Health also encourages visitors to the NT to protect themselves against mosquitoes due to the presence of Japanese encephalitis.

The Northern Territory’s very own superfood, Kakadu plums are packed with 50 times more vitamin C than oranges.

Kakadu plum trees are common in open tropical woodlands and can be seen from most walking tracks in the park. They are easily recognised by their egg-shaped fruit, large round leaves and spikes of cream-coloured flowers.

One of Kakadu’s few deciduous species, these trees lose their leaves during the dry season. The branches stay bare until they flower in Kurrung (August – October), while the tasty fruits appear towards the end of the tropical summer (March – May).

Culture

Kakadu plums are an important food source for Bininj/Mungguy. The ripe plums are usually eaten raw, although they can also be made into jam.

Bininj/Mungguy use the inner bark of the tree to treat sores and mosquito bites. The red sap can be made into a decorative stain for timber tools.

Commercially grown Kakadu plums are now used to make a range of modern hair, skin and food products.

Other names

  • Common names: billygoat plum, green plum
  • Scientific name: Terminalia ferdinandiana