The Kakadu National Park is located around 171Km South West of Darwin. On the western edge of the Arnhemland plateau is a 300m high escarpment is made from sandstone and quartzite laid down in a shallow sea some 1800 million years ago. Erosion over those millions of years made gorges and waterfalls. The Kakadu National Park is also made up of tropical rainforests, the outliers, the lowlands, the southern hills and basins, flood plains and the tidal flats. Evidence has shown that Aboriginal people have lived in the Kakadu National Park for over 60,000 years and still maintain their ancient and diverse culture. In 1992 the park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Half of the park is owned by the aboriginal people and to Parks Australia, even though Parks Australia own half of the park the aboriginal people of the area want to own all of it. The park is also home to the Ranger Uranium Mine.
Because The Kakadu National Park is so large and lush, that means that it should be swarming with life, and it certainly is. There are around 74 mammal species in the park, more than 271 species of birds, 132 types of reptiles, 27 species of frogs, around 314 fish species, almost 1600 types of plants and over 10,000 species of insects.
The climate in Kakadu is monsoonal and is characterised by 2 main seasons, the dry and the wet. The dry season starts in April and goes until September, the wet season goes from January through to March and the bit in between them is called the build up period, which goes from October to December. Apart from a few man made dwellings all aspects of the Kakadu National Park are natural.