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Kakadu's Cultural Side
Australia’s largest national park, covering 4.2 million acres, Kakadu is rightly famous for its rugged landscapes, epic waterholes and lily-filled floodplains, home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles (‘salties’) in the world. It’s also a sacred land managed by the Australian government and the traditional owners, known as the Bininj in the north and the Mungguy in the south. For an introduction into these fascinating cultures head to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Cooinda near Yellow Waters where you'll learn how indigenous Australians used rock art for cultural transfer and various pieces of ancient technology crafted from reeds, woods and rocks for fishing and hunting. At the Ubirr rock art site near the border with Arnhem Land, the lessons come to life on lofty rock galleries that reveal layers of wisdom in the imagery. Many figures were painted in "x-ray" style, which shows the insides of an animal as well as the skin. Some pictures, such as an image of the now-extinct Tasmanian tiger, have been crucial in dating these historic works.
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