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Culture & History

Warradjan Cultural Centre

Located just 1km from Cooinda Lodge Kakadu the Warradjan Cultural Centre is an exclusive exhibit curated by the people of the; Murumbarr, Mirrar Gun-djeihmi, Badmardi, Bunitj, Girrimbitjba, Manilakarr, Wargol and other tribes to give an insight to their histories. The Warradjan Cultural Centre is a ‘must see’ for all visitors to the region. The exhibit features the history of the tribes and explains their hunting techniques, marriage rights, stories, and the effects of white settlement in the region. Displays include artefacts integral in their stories and mixes this with contemporary techniques like video to help envision various subjects such as history and how the Indigenous people care for their land.

Indigenous People

The past and present Indigenous people have had an unquestionable impact on Kakadu. Their caretaking over thousands of years and their stored history within the area has made them part of the historical heritage of the land itself.

Working with various organisations the indigenous people provide cultural insight to Kakadu, the traditions of the land and strive to preserve the land for future generations. The people of the Kakadu have taken care of the land for generations with much being lost during the time of white settlement, those who now care for the park keep ancient tradition, story, and history alive.

The rock artworks in the area are some of the greatest on the planet. With pieces dating back thousands of years the artwork gives a glimpse of traditions of indigenous civilisation in the Pleistocene era (the days before the last ice age) to the present day. These artworks depict not only ancient techniques of how the indigenous people of the time hunted and gathered but also depictions of long extinct animals, ancient stories and people. The indigenous caretakers of the modern generation have inherited the knowledge of these techniques, stories and the responsibility to care for the land they call home.

Along with the artworks indigenous guides carry the stories of their people and further help care for the land and to impress the historical and cultural heritage upon those who visit. With the help from other indigenous people the Warradjan Cultural Centre exhibits traditional knowledge and is a breathing cultural icon to the people who call the land home.

History

Covering over 19,800 sq. km (7,650 sq. mi) by landmass alone the park contends with countries such as Israel and Slovenia. Due to the richness of Indigenous cultural sites and the many natural wonders and habitats within its borders. The park became internationally recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site by 1992. Flora and fauna have flourished inside this protective reserve with thousands of plants and hundreds of animal species. Visitors are able to view the wildlife and the cultural and natural wonders of the park however much remains accessible only to the parks caretakers to further preserve the cultural history and natural beauty of the reserve.

For approximately 50,000 years the indigenous people have been the caretakers of the land of Kakadu, their footprint is marked by their spectacular rock artwork galleries, their ancestral stories and their decedents who have inherited their role as caretakers and cultural ambassadors. The history of Kakadu is deeply intertwined with its ancient caretakers with it being almost impossible to talk about one without the other.

Kakadu’s climate varies greatly throughout the year and through the dry and wet seasons. The tropical climate of the region ensures higher temperatures however a quick rundown for visitors;

As a tropical region Kakadu’s climate is characterised by which season it’s in wet or dry. During the dry season (June – July) visitors can expect relatively low humidity with low chance of rain with temperatures having a maximum average of 32°C (90°F)

The October – December conditions can be severely uncomfortable with both high temperatures and humidity, however the reward for those visitors who endure this are the electrifying thunderstorms frequently lighting up the sky. With the maximum average temperature of 37.5°C (99.5°C) be prepared to sweat, a lot!

The Wet Season (January – April) is characterised by its warm temperature and monsoonal rainfall sometimes enhanced by tropical cyclones. During this time the park will come alive with blooming plants and animal species coming to the park to breed. There will be multiple road closures as the rivers swell and restrict access. The average max temperature is 33°C (91°F) with high humidity.