Kakadu is dual-listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, for both its outstanding natural values and as a living cultural landscape.
Only 37 sites worldwide have received this significant honour – and only four sites in Australia. So, when we say Kakadu is world-class we’re not exaggerating.
The park was first inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1981, with further areas added in 1987, 1992 and 2011.
Kakadu’s rock art and archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of Aboriginal people over tens of thousands of years. Along the escarpment, in gorges and on rock outliers, rock art documents the creation stories. The paintings constitute one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world.
Kakadu’s ancient escarpment and stone country spans more than two billion years of the earth’s geological history. In contrast, the riverine and coastal floodplains are more recent, dynamic environments, shaped by changing sea levels and big floods every tropical summer.