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History & heritage in Kakadu

Discover the local Aboriginal culture, some 40,000 years old, and learn about the role British settlers and Indonesian traders played in the region.

Welcome to a land where ancient indigenous culture lives on into the present. For more than 40,000 years, Aboriginal peoples have lived in Kakadu and Arnhem Land, painting their stories onto the rocks. British settlers and Indonesian traders have played a role, too, leaving their own tales on the land.

Indigenous insight

Deepen your understanding of traditional Aboriginal life and culture through the displays at Warradjan Cultural Centre. Exhibits feature hunting techniques and park history, while tribal elders tell stories illuminating the effects of white settlement. The attached gallery is home to major artworks by local artists.

Creation stories

Don’t miss the incredible rock art sites in Kakadu National Park. Indigenous heritage comes alive through the paintings that line the walls of these ancient galleries, sharing a vivid narrative of ancestral stories. Contact the Bowali visitors centre to find out about free ranger talks at various locations in the park.

Free ranger talks

Join some of the free activities throughout Kakadu, including daily art site talks, walks, cultural activities and night-time slide shows. They also offer cultural and wildlife tours. Visit the Parks Australia website for further information and tour details.

History & heritage around Kakadu

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