Kakadu National Park

Running from 10 to 19 May 2019, Taste of Kakadu 2019 treated guests to a huge range of cultural and culinary events.

From basket weaving to barramundi cook-ups, these sessions explored the fascinating food culture of Kakadu.


Paintings in the trees at Bowali

Man-me art exhibition

10–19 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Be inspired by beautiful food-themed art from local artists.

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Traditional dancer at Taste of Kakadu

Festival opening night

5–9 pm, 10 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Kick off Taste of Kakadu at Bowali with the park’s traditional owners.

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Cocktail being poured

Cocktails at the Croc

10–19 May 2019 — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Indulge yourself with a delicious Kakadu-inspired cocktail made from local ingredients.

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Fresh prawns at a buffet

Taste of Kakadu buffet

10–19 May 2019 — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

The Croc Hotel’s Escarpment Restaurant serves up a delectable buffet every night of the festival.

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Twin Falls from the air. Photo: Parks Australia

Kakadu Air flight + accommodation packages

10–19 May 2019 — Departs Darwin

Travel to Taste of Kakadu in style with a scenic flight from Darwin and a stay at one of the park’s best hotels.

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Singer-songwriter Shellie Morris performing at Taste of Kakadu 2018

Festival Hub

11–19 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

The Festival Hub is the place to be on weekends during Taste of Kakadu.

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Mark Olive. Photo: Jimmy Fog

Mark Olive masterclass

11 am – 3 pm, 11 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Australia’s premier Indigenous chef hosts a fascinating cooking demonstration at Bowali.

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Boat cruising on Yellow Water Billabong

Canape cruise

11–18 May 2019 — Yellow Water Billabong

The perfect way to end a day in Kakadu! Join us for a late-afternoon cruise on Yellow Water with delicious food and drink.

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Pizza night

11–18 May 2019 — Jabiru Golf Club

The Jabiru Golf Club is getting into the festival spirit with a good old fashioned pizza night!

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Mawurndaddja cultural tour of Arnhem Land

13–16 May 2019 — Departs Jabiru

This exclusive tour lets guests explore a part of Arnhem Land that tourists rarely get a chance to see.

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Bush foods

Bush foods tour

14–15 May 2019 — Anbangbang Billabong

An authentic, interactive exploration of local bush foods with your guides from Animal Tracks Safari.

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Jacqueline Cahill hosts a walk

Bush tucker walk at Mamukala Wetlands

15–19 May 2019 — Mamukala Wetlands

Join Kakadu Rangers for a guided bush food walk in Kakadu’s wetlands and woodlands.

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Young girl cooking outside in Kakadu

Family camp cooking

11 am – 1 pm, 15 May 2019 — Jabiru Area School

The students of Jabiru Area School will be cooking up a storm, showcasing their families’ favourite camping recipes that make use of local ingredients.

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Adding paperbark leaves to the ground oven

Build a ground oven with the Hunters

5–6.30 am, 17 May 2019 — Anbangbang Billabong

Watch Aboriginal rangers from the Hunter family prepare a traditional ground oven for a delicious lunchtime feast.

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Yams, an important bush food

Cultural immersion at Patonga Homestead

17–18 May 2019 — Patonga Homestead

Visit an Aboriginal community to experience daily life with some of Kakadu’s traditional owners.

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Paul 'Yoda' Iskov, Fervor

Fervor masterclass with Paul Iskov

11 am – 3 pm, 18 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Paul ‘Yoda’ Iskov from Fervor returns to Taste of Kakadu with an informative open-air cooking class.

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Taste of Kakadu - Anme Garringun Ganji Mayambolk (Dinner under the Milky Way)

Anme Garringun Ganji Mayambolk (Dinner under the Milky Way)

7–9.30 pm, 17 May 2019 — Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Enjoy an evening of Kakadu-inspired food and a beverage package at a one-of-a-kind event at Cooinda Airstrip.

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Taste of Kakadu - Art and weaving @ Warradjan Cultural Centre

Art and weaving @ Warradjan Cultural Centre

13–16 May 2019 — Warradjan Cultural Centre

Sit with local artisans to have a go at traditional weaving, painting and other crafts.

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Taste of Kakadu - Art class with local Bininj

Art class with local Bininj

13–16 May 2019 — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Marvel at the skills of some of Kakadu’s best local artists at this interactive workshop for all ages.

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Taste of Kakadu – Bush bowls and baskets

Bush bowls and baskets

2–3 pm, 19 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Sit down with local ladies to learn the art of making traditional baskets.

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Taste of Kakadu – Bush dyes and damper

Bush dyes and damper

9–11.30 am, 19 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

A unique chance to see how Bininj (the Aboriginal people of northern Kakadu) dye pandanus fibres for weaving.

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Taste of Kakadu - Ground oven cook-up

Ground oven cook-up

12–2 pm, 15 May 2019 — Warradjan Cultural Centre

Join Bininj for mouthwatering local fare slow-cooked in a ground oven.

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Taste of Kakadu – Hunter family feast at Anbangbang Billabong

Hunter family feast at Anbangbang Billabong

12–2.30 pm, 17 May 2019 — Anbangbang Billabong

Experience a traditional cook-up beside Anbangbang Billabong as guests of a local family.

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Taste of Kakadu – Hunting tools workshop with the Njanjma Rangers

Hunting tools workshop with the Njanjma Rangers

10 am – 1 pm, 14 May 2019 — Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk

An unforgettable lesson in making and decorating hunting tools.

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Taste of Kakadu - Kakadu sunset art expedition

Kakadu sunset art expedition

6–7.30 pm, 12 May 2019 — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Enjoy Kakadu-inspired canapes and sunset beverages at a pop-up art exhibition on the lawns of the Croc, with local artists creating and showcasing their artwork.

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Taste of Kakadu – Men's and women's cultural workshops

Men's and women's cultural workshops

8 am – 1 pm, 12 May 2019 — Mardugal Campground

Explore the different cultural responsibilities of men and women at an interactive workshop.

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Taste of Kakadu - Movie night: Crocodile Dundee

Movie night: Crocodile Dundee

7–9.30 pm, 18 May 2019 — Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Relax on the lawn of the Croc and enjoy a special screening of Crocodile Dundee under the stars.

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Taste of Kakadu – Painting bush tucker

Painting bush tucker

9–11 am, 18 May 2019 — Bowali Visitor Centre

Join local Aboriginal artists and rangers to paint traditional x-ray art.

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Taste of Kakadu – Riverside stone country cook-up

Riverside stone country cook-up

1–5 pm, 16 May 2019 — Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk

Take a walk through the beautiful stone country and experience traditional food and stories.

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Taste of Kakadu – Weaving workshop with the Njanjma Rangers

Weaving workshop with the Njanjma Rangers

10 am – 1 pm, 14 May 2019 — Ubirr Rock Art Sites

Learn how to strip and dye pandanus leaves before turning them into beautiful weavings.

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