The Kakadu national park in the tropical part of Australia's Northern Territory is one of very few World Heritage sites designated for both natural and cultural significance. Aboriginal peoples have lived continuously in this area for over 40,000 years. The area contains many different environments - tidal flats, uplands, and plateaus - and is very beautiful. These environments provide habitat for a large number of rare species of plants and animals. Despite the variety of species the Kakadu is a harsh environment for man, so the inhabitants are very skilled at exploiting the seasonally varying resources without using them to extinction.

Rock overhang

This rock overhang at Ubirr is a typical rock art site. Such overhangs provide shelter from the sun and so were used as seasonal dwelling places.


The paintings have a purpose. The turtle is painted on the rocks shown in the previous picture. It is probably a teaching aid.


Yellow Waters lagoon is very rich in wildlife, including many species of geese.


There are also salt and freshwater crocodiles.

Jesus Bird

The lagoon is used by many migratory birds. This Jesus bird or Jacana has splayed feet so that it can walk on the lily pads.

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