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9 treats to tick off your bush food bucket list

Check these beauties off your food bucket list at Taste of Kakadu, and learn more about the foods that have sustained Indigenous people for thousands of generations. Green ants A limey, zingy treat that’s not be missed – look out for these little flavour-bombs in some surprising places like cheesecake and gin. Taste them at Green ant gin tasting Cocktails at the Croc Green ant ice-cream | Image by Kakadu Kitchen

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Dine with a chef who likes to get messy

Indigenous chef Clayton Donovan like to mess things up – whether it’s entertaining diners with his genuinely warm and fun-loving spirit, or using his French chef’s training to create unique dining sensations. “My goal is to place my culture on top of things,” he says. “My culture and my cooking is unique – it’s not traditional. It’s my own style, my personal take on what I think I should be doing.

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5 bush foods to use at home

Bust out some new flavours in the kitchen without getting into a sweat. Crocodile Give a comforting pasta dish a lively shake-up - whip up a simple and delicious crocodile fettucine like this one by Zach Green. Photo by @zachskitchen via IG You can get crocodile from online store Something Wild, or search for specialty meat providers on Google and see what’s near you. Find out how Zach makes it here

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Meet the team behind Kakadu Kitchen

“We want to reconnect with our traditional diets and foods - replacing processed foods with locally- foraged bush foods and foods from our tropical food garden” Kakadu Kitchen launched at last year’s Taste of Kakadu festival, impressing guests with their modern bush food creations. At this year’s festival the pair will take guests on an exclusive four hour ‘Walk, Taste, Learn’ bush tucker tour at Murdudjurl Community (Patonga Homestead).

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From adorable to awesome - 10 Kakadu birds

Kakadu’s birdlife will blow you away. From colourful finches to majestic birds of prey, Kakadu is home to a third of Australia’s bird species. Of the roughly 280 bird species that call Kakadu home we’ve selected 10 favourites. 1. Rainbow pitta Pitta Iris KNP-TracksandPhotographyTours-RainbowPitta-CreditLaurieRoss The exotic-looking rainbow pitta lives in rainforest, mangrove and eucalyptus forest. Look out for it on the forest floor during the wetter months.

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How to become a birder just in time for Kakadu’s Bird Week

I like the idea of bird watching. When I think about the cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets that make my neighbourhood home, I love how they fly and shred eucalypts in community, I think their plumage is magnificent, and they have so much character in their eyes. But how do I make the most of this? I know I need binoculars … With Australia being home to close to 800 bird species, getting on my way to becoming a bird expert was a little daunting.

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No 4WD? No problem!

You can get to plenty of fantastic Kakadu sites with a 2WD, so there’s no need to miss out Nourlangie This popular region is well known for its World Heritage rock art, easy-to-access walks and lookouts, and colourful birdlife. For the fit and active there are extended walks through stone and monsoon forest landscapes. Nourlangie rock art site is a must-stop on your journey through Kakadu. Take a stroll back in time through the shaded rock shelters discovering the way life used to be for Bininj.

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Pandanus collecting in Kakadu

Bag being woven I have been fascinated by what goes into making Kakadu’s beautiful woven items, like bags, baskets and bracelets, for years, and now thanks to Taste of Kakadu, I’ve found out. A tremendous amount of skill. And as I experienced first-hand today - a lot of hard work. We started our day by stocking up on water for our journey. The object of the day: to collect pandanus leaves to demonstrate weaving throughout Taste of Kakadu.

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Lightning season cracks over Kakadu

Lightning over Lake Jabiru | Peter Keepence Lasting for sometimes hours at a time, breathtaking lightning shows have begun thundering across the Top End of the Northern Territory in what is known as Lightning Season. Now is the best time to witness this seasonal spectacle which provides ample opportunities for both amateur and professional photographers, who flock to Kakadu during this time, specifically for lightning photo opportunities.

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Waterfalls cascade as Kakadu in full flow

Kakadu’s rivers have risen dramatically as the unseasonal weather continues to bring us more rain. The sheer amount of water we’ve had has given us some amazing, once-in-a-generation sights so it’s a fantastic time to fly over the park and see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in years. Cahills Crossing was temporarily closed due to the heavy rain, with the river up to two metres high and the Magela over 0.

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