The first ever Discovery Month is in full swing at Kakadu National Park! Through the month of April visitors are getting the chance to connect with Kakadu more than ever before, with activities and demonstrations available every day.
Savana Eccles usually works in the Bowali Visitor Centre but this month she’s been out and about in the park, leading visitors through the savanna woodlands and sharing stories of her childhood growing up in the park with her ranger parents.
Visitors have also been treated to talks from rangers like Calvin Murakami who has helped control weeds and invasive animals in the park for 22 years.
Discovery Month is about trying things hands-on, sitting down with the people who live and work here, and seeing life through their eyes. Rembarrnga woman Patsy Raglan is one of few Australian Aboriginal women who has lived for long periods without contact or assistance from non-Aboriginal people, yet she loves to share her culture with others. She’s been demonstrating weaving feather string bags and baskets at Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, while Murumburr woman Mandy Muir has been showing children how to weave bracelets.
There are still two weeks of Discovery Month to go. Walk through Kakadu with a ranger or Bininj/Mungguy to see ancient rock art and occupation sites, hear traditional stories and uncover some of the park’s many bush foods. Sit with local women to split pandanus leaves and help prepare dyes for weaving, or sample bush tucker with a contemporary spin. There are also cultural markets, and opportunities to meet artists and talk to them about their work.
From the Mercure Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru, to Bowali Visitor Centre, and Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, there is still an abundance of sights, smells and sounds to check out!
Download the program and join us in the park, or catch us at with the hashtags #SeeKakadu and #DiscoveryMonth on your favourite social media platform.
Tracey, Kakadu National Park
PS. Please note, there are no activities on Anzac Day (Monday 25 April)