Looking into Kakadu’s wetlands

Anne O’Dea kept the children enthralled with quizzes, games, prizes and animal face-paintings | Image by Michael Lawrence-Taylor

A hands-on chance to learn more about research in the park | Image by Michael Lawrence-Taylor

Jabiru locals braved the rain on World Wetlands Day to learn more about why wetlands are an important part of the park - and the wider environment.

Wetlands play a critical role in the food web, providing habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. In Kakadu, they’re also a source of bush foods like file snakes, waterlilies and yam, so they’re an important part of Indigenous culture and history.

We were joined on the morning by lots of our partners - the northern hub of the Northern Environmental Research Program, the Supervising Scientists Division, Kakadu Culture Camp and Energy Resources of Australia (ERA). Kakadu rangers brought out the airboat and wowed everyone with the powerful V8 engine (which promptly blew over all of our brochure stands!)

One lucky visitor won a cruise on Yellow Water and everyone was treated to tastings of Johnny cakes (pancakes) with Kakadu plum jam. A great incentive to learn more about our natural world!

Tracey, Kakadu National Park