The Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park boasts the kind of natural beauty you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. And, now, drones have captured all 20,000 square kilometres of the World Heritage-listed park for the first time.[media_embed]https://youtu.be/woUk05p8SFA?list=PLHMOsUw2R4yCsLm3Kn74ALET1uCccLIHB[/media_embed]
Kakadu holds a deep cultural significance for local Aboriginal people, and as such has always been off-limits to snap-happy drone photographers. But, with special permission from Traditional Land Owners, Western Australia’s drone duo Salty Wings have captured the sprawling natural landmark from above with the intention of showing out-of-towners the park from a new perspective.
Featured in the video is the famous Yellow Waters Billabong at sunrise, towering Nourlangie Rock (which is home to significant works of Aboriginal rock art more than 20,000 years old), Maguk Gorge and Gunlom Waterfall, and the Ubirr Lookout at sunset.
In a similar move, Tourism NT previously worked with Traditional Land Owners to make Uluru and the surrounding Kata Tjuta National Park available for exploration on Google Street View. Given the immense success of the project, other sacred sites like Kakadu won’t be far behind.
Around three hours’ drive from Darwin, Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park. It boasts a number of ancient Aboriginal rock art and otherworldly landscapes. It’s World Heritage-listed both for its cultural and natural significance.
To get there, book one of the many coach tours leaving from Darwin or hire a car. It’s a reasonably straight-forward drive along the Stuart and Arhem Highways. Just make sure you refuel often as opportunities to do so become more sparse the closer to the national park you get.
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Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.