Can you spot Kakadu’s Big 5?
Kakadu National Park is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most famous parks and a must whilst you’re travelling Australia.
A dense 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is nearly the size of Switzerland, if you’d like to try and get your head around that one! So it comes as no surprise that this biodiverse Australian National Park is home to over 2000 plant species and an enormous plethora of wildlife.
So if you’re thinking of visiting Kakadu National Park then make sure you look out for these creatures during your trip…
There are thought to be around 10,000 crocodiles residing within Kakadu National Park… pretty scary, but if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone. There are both saltwater crocs that can grow up to a whopping 6 metres long, but there’s also fresh water crocs which are around 3 metres long. The best time of year to spot crocs is during the dry season as they concentrate in the shallow waters. Look out for them in the waterways and watering holes, and remember if there’s water there is probably a croc so take heed of the warning signs if you fancy a dip!
Look out for this large grey crane during May to October as they flock in their hundreds on the grasslands near Mamukala Wetlands. This tall bird (100-125cm) is known for its energetic jumping and trumpeting during mating season.
Frill Necked Lizards
One of Australia’s most iconic inhabitants – after the kangaroo and koala of course – is the Frill Necked Lizard. These 90cm long reptiles are pretty funny to see running along, but you’ll soon be impressed as they display their enormous ruff around their neck if they feel threatened. So keep the giggling to a minimum if you see one of these proud reptiles along your travels.
Short-Eared Rock Wallaby
One of Kakadu’s cutest inhabitants, make sure you look out for the Short-Eared Rock Wallaby whilst visiting the park. You’ll find this marsupial amongst rocky hills and gorges and is a grey/brown in its appearance.
You’ll find these little turtles at Gardangarl (also known as Field Island) at the mouth of the South Alligator River where Kakadu meets the sea. Catch a glimpse of the turtles from November to February when they climb on shore to lay their clutches, each holiday over 50 eggs each!
Explore Kakadu National Park with Kakadu Wild Expeditions 3 day Kakadu Tour or on their 5 Day Top End Explorer Tour.
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