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 for travellers to keep up to date with the COVID-19 situation in Australia as it is continually evolving. Read more.

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

Screw palm (Pandanus spiralis) is Kakadu’s most common pandanus species. It can be seen alongside most roads and walking tracks in the park.

You can recognise Pandanus spiralis by the long, prickly leaves spiralling upward from its slender trunk. The dead leaves hang in skirts, which provide a sanctuary for wrens, bats, mice and lizards.

The pandanus produces large seed pods from Wurrkeng to Kurrung (June – October). These pods turn bright orange as they ripen and are a favourite food of sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Culture

Bininj/Mungguy use the core of the pandanus trunk to treat stomach pain, diarrhoea, wounds, toothache and mouth sores. The tree’s large clusters of woody nuts contain seeds that can be eaten raw or roasted.

The leaf fibres are woven into baskets, bags and mats, as well as headbands that are used to treat headaches.

Traditional owners run regular pandanus dying and weaving activities in the park (check out our latest ranger guided activities for details). You can also buy beautifully crafted pandanus baskets and ornaments from the Marrawuddi Gallery at the Bowali Visitor Centre.

Other names

  • Scientific name: Pandanus spiralis