Kakadu National Park , Northern Territory (continued)
The rock art galleries reveal sprayed hand stencils, ornamented hunters carrying barbed spears and creation beings Namarrgon the Lightning Man and Ngalyod the Rainbow Serpent. Fish, birds and animals are represented x-ray style, revealing internal organs and bone structures. There are as many as 5,000 other recorded sites scattered throughout the Park. Wherever you go in Kakadu you will have opportunities to discover more about Aboriginal culture.
Between November and March, when the rains come to the Top End, Kakadu National Park springs to life. The flood plains fill to become an endless sea of birdlife and vegetation and the waterfalls roar their loudest. Waving meadows of speargrass grow 2 metres high in a few short weeks. The monsoonal storms occur mostly in the evening, so during the day you can cruise the pulsing billabongs, visit the art sites and go by 4X4 to the accessible falls. And for the rest - a scenic flight will leave you gasping at the beauty of summertime Kakadu!
Try not to see Kakadu National Park too quickly. It's too big and too spectacular to rush. There is hotel accommodation at Cooinda, Jabiru and South Alligator River and many good camping areas which you can find on a local map. Camping fees apply. You can drive, coach or take a light plane to Jabiru and take tours from there is you wish.
Excellent all-weather sealed roads let you get to most parts of the Park in a conventional vehicle year-round, though you'll need a 4X4 even in the dry season to get to some areas such as Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls and Maguk. All year round light plane or helicopter flights will give you a spectacular perspective. Organised tours from Darwin or Jabiru range from half a day to one, two and three days, with extended and flying tours available.