Kakadu National Park

Taste of Kakadu is fun for the whole family.

From 10-19 May 2019, our World Heritage-listed national park will be buzzing with interactive activities focusing on Indigenous foods and culture. Many of our events are ideal for the young artist, foodie or anthropologist in your family.

Here are our top picks for activities to entertain and inspire kids of all ages.

Painting workshops

Child learning traditional painting Learning traditional painting

Kakadu is known for its ‘x-ray’ style paintings of food animals, which date back more than 8,000 years and can be found in numerous rock art galleries around the park.

On Saturday 18 May, head to the Bowali Visitor Centre to learn from some of the modern masters of this ancient Aboriginal artform. Budding artists will hear all about the history and cultural significance of bush tucker before picking up the paints to create their own masterpiece using the x-ray style.

We’ve also got evening painting workshops at the Croc Hotel and regular art and craft demos at the Warradjan Cultural Centre.

Bush tucker walk at Mamukala Wetlands

Preparing water lilies Preparing water lilies, an important bush food

For Kakadu’s traditional owners, the woodlands and wetlands of the park offer an ever-changing menu to rival any restaurant. From water lilies to magpie geese, this country has been sustaining the local people for tens of thousands of years.

Fancy a taste? Our park rangers are leading an unforgettable introduction to the bush foods of Kakadu. They’ll take adventurous eaters on a guided walk around Mamukala to try some brand new flavours and discover the many seasonal foods this region produces.

Hunting tools workshop

Spearmaking supplies Spearmaking supplies

Let’s face it – spears are cool. Even cooler is learning how to make your own spears with a group of Indigenous rangers.

Venture into beautiful East Alligator Region for a hands-on workshop on Aboriginal hunting implements, led by the Njanjma Rangers. Guaranteed to fascinate kids (and adults) of all ages, this is a rare opportunity to create and decorate your own traditional tools with some leading practitioners of the craft.

Hunter family feast

alt text Rangers Catherine Ralph, Jenny Hunter and Fred Hunter preparing a ground oven

The ground oven is a traditional way of cooking in which meat and vegetables are placed on hot coals, covered with paperbark and buried in the earth to cook.

Kakadu ranger Freddy Hunter and his family are some of the best ground oven cooks around. And now they’re inviting your family to a hearty lunchtime feast beside the stunning Anbangbang Billabong.

Bring a healthy appetite and tuck into succulent buffalo, water lilies and vegetables accompanied by some of the Top End’s best views.

For the full ground oven experience, join the Hunter family at dawn as they prepare the oven and food for cooking.

Traditional weaving workshops

Children learning to weave Weaving workshop

For generations, the Aboriginal women of Kakadu have woven beautiful food baskets and bowls from the dyed fibres of the pandanus plant.

Your crafty kids can now get it on the act at one of our dyeing or weaving workshops.

Sit down with local artisans to see how they split pandanus and use natural dyes to change the colour of the leaves.

Then join a weaving session at Bowali Visitor Centre, Warradjan Cultural Centre or Ubirr to turn the colourful fibres into elegant artworks.

And that’s not all!

We’ve got plenty of other family-friendly activities at Taste of Kakadu from 10 to 19 May.

Check out the full program now to start planning your trip.