An Australian adventure you will NEVER forget<br />By Amy Davis<br />
Are you interested in immersing yourself in Australian nature?<br />Want to travel to a remote destination?<br />Want to observe some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the world?<br /><ul><li>Experience history at Aboriginal cultural sites
Does hiking through rainforests, tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands, and plateaus sound like something you would be interested in?</li></ul>Then take a trip with us to the Northern Territory of Australia to explore its beautiful rainforests!!!<br />
Northern Territory<br /><ul><li>3rd largest Australian federal division with an area of over 1,349,129 square kilometres (520,902 sq mi)
Occupies most of the center of the mainland continent, as well as the central northern regions.
It shares borders with Western Australia to the west, South Australia to the south, and Queensland to the east.
To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
With a population of 229,675 it is the least populous of Australia's eight major states and territories</li></li></ul><li>Northern Territory<br /><ul><li>The capital city is Darwin.
The population is not concentrated in coastal regions but rather along the Stuart Highway.
The other major settlements are (in order of size) Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, and Tennant Creek
171 km southeast of Darwin is Kakadu National Park, which features breathtaking wetlands and native wildlife, surrounded by savannah woodland, rock escarpments, waterfalls and waterholes.
This is where your trip will begin!</li></li></ul><li>Kakadu National Park<br />Kakadu is ecologically and biologically diverse. The main natural features protected within the National Park include:<br />four major river systems:<br />the East Alligator River,<br />the West Alligator River,<br />the Wildman River; and<br />the entire South Alligator River;<br />six major landforms<br />estuaries and tidal flats,<br />floodplains,<br />lowlands,<br />the stone country,<br />the outliers; and<br />the southern hills and basins;<br />a remarkable variety and concentration of wildlife;<br />over 280 bird species<br />roughly 60 mammal species<br />over 50 freshwater species<br />over 10 000 insects species<br />over 1600 plant species.<br />
Aboriginal Historical Sites<br />Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40,000 years. <br />Kakadu National Park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. There are more than 5000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. <br />placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This is an international register of properties that are recognized as having outstanding cultural or natural values of international significance.<br />Approximately half of the land in Kakadu is aboriginal land under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 and most of the remaining land is currently under claim by Aboriginal people.<br />
Kakadu is located in the tropics, between 12° and 14° south of the Equator. <br />The climate is monsoonal, characterized by two main seasons: the dry season and the rain season. <br />During the dry season (from April/May to September), dry southerly and easterly trade winds predominate. Humidity is relatively low and rain is unusual. The average maximum temperature for June-July is 32 °C.<br />During the rain season (October to December) conditions can be extremely uncomfortable with high temperatures and high humidity. However, storms are impressive and lightning strikes are frequent. The average maximum temperature for October is 37.5 °C.<br />the Top End of Australia records more lightning strikes per year than any other place on earth. <br />Australian Rainforests<br />
Things to do in the Kakadu<br /><ul><li>There are a wide variety of designated camping sites throughout the Park. Jabiru, Cooinda and South Alligator all have commercial camping areas and are in close proximity to most of the important natural attractions in these areas
Pick from 8 different adventure-filled activities: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g256202-Activities-Kakadu_National_Park_Top_End_Northern_Territory.html
Go on a Gagudju Adventure Tour of a Yellow Water Cruises
Visit the Koolpin Gorge and go on a waterfall tours
See the Anbangbang Billabong and Jim Jim Falls
Organize a helicopter ride over the 'lost city' (large sandstone outcrops and formations formed 1.4 billion years ago) of the Limmen National Park
Unforgettable 7 hour interactive Aboriginal Culture and Wildlife Safari with an award-winning real bush aboriginal guide. Animal Tracks ensures an amazing day in the real Kakadu outback. Hunt, gather, cook & eat bush foods, learn about traditional medicines and hear authentic stories. At sunset, enjoy a traditional bush food campfire cook-up, aboriginal-style. This tour is unique, authentic, non-commercialized and eye-opening.</li>