Great Kakadu walks open for now

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Following the passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk traditional owner Mr M. Na-Gangila Bangalang, kakadus ubirr walk has been reopend following consultation with tradditional land owners, the walk which features famous rock art that depicts when europeans encountered indigenous people.

From NT news 23.06.2021

KAKADU’S world famous Ubirr walk has reopened to the public following an extended closure out of respect for the passing of a senior traditional owner.

The walk closed earlier this month after the passing of senior Murrwan-Uringangk traditional owner Mr M. Na-Gangila Bangalang.

The closure was initially in place until last weekend, and Ubirr has now reopened following further consultation with traditional owners by the Northern Land Council.

Merl Campground and the Bardedjilidji Walk in the East Alligator region have also now reopened to visitors.

Kakadu National Park Manager Shaun Barclay said Ubirr’s rock art was considered some of the best in the world.

“There are fine examples of X-ray painting as well as contact art from the time when Indigenous people first encountered Europeans,” Mr Barclay said.

“Stories about behaviour and law are told through many of the paintings while images of animals that once roamed the region such as the Thylacine are also represented.

“Meanwhile Ubirr Lookout at sunset is one of the most special places to be at Kakadu at any time of year.

“There you can take in the Nadab flood plain, hear the evening bird song and see wallabies dart through the escarpment.”

Other highlights for visitors heading to Kakadu right now include the Burrungkuy region, which offers bushwalking opportunities, Jim Jim Falls and Maguk, as well as rock art sites and lookouts.

Popular sites in Kakadu that are currently open include:

• Ubirr

• Jim Jim Falls

• Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock) art site

• Nanguluwurr art site

• Kubara Pools walk (Gubara Pools Walk)

• Barrk bushwalk

• Nawurlandja lookout

• Mirray (Mirrai) lookout

• Mamukala wetlands – bird hide and loop walk

• Kungarre walk

• Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

• 2 Mile Hole Campground – bush campground

• Red Lily Billabong (Djunda)- bush campground

• Bucket Billabong (Ngarrababa)- bush campground

• Alligator Billabong (Gurdurunguranjdju)- bush campground

• Malabanjbanjdju and Burdulba campgrounds

• Djarradjin (Muirella Park) campground

• Sandy Billabong (Djirrilba) Campground

• Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

• Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) boat cruise

• Mardukal (Mardugal) campground two

• Maguk

• Yurmikmik walks

• Merl

• Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) by permit

• Upstream and downstream boat ramps on the East Alligator River

• Anbangbang Billabong Walk

• Gungurul Campground, Lookout and River Walk

• Guratba/Gimbat Day Use Area

• Igoymarrwa (Ikoymarrawa) Rock Holes

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