Australia’s biggest classroom

It’s almost the end of May and there are still some storm clouds around. Someone forgot to tell the weather that Yegge (cooler but still humid time) should have started by now. For visitors to Ubirr, this is a bonus as there are spectacular sunsets from the lookout over the Nadab floodplain. These are usually seen in Gunumeleng, the hot, pre-monsoon season at the end of the year.

The free ranger talks have begun around the park – and visitors from far and wide are taking advantage of this wonderful program.  Talks take place twice each day at the two main art sites of Ubirr and Nourlangie, plus there are guided walks, slideshows and cultural activities around the park.

As an interpretive ranger, this is one of the best jobs in Australia.  I get a chance to share the knowledge that I’ve built up over the past 13 years of being in Kakadu, in one of the most beautiful classrooms the world has to offer.  On top of this I get to meet some amazing people and hear their stories, especially the travelling families with kids doing home-schooling along the way.

Annie Taylor, Seasonal ranger, Kakadu National Park

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