The Timeless Appeal of Australia’s Top End; Wayfarer

Australia – Kakadu National Park

Amid a diverse landscape of gorges and wetlands, Aboriginal culture lives on in the Top End, ready to captivate adventurous travelers like AFAR Ambassador Michaela Trimble.

My first hike in Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Australia, can’t be found on a map. My local guide Greig Taylor from Lord’s Kakadu and Arnhemland Safaris took me to one of his most cherished places within the park, a hidden rock cove not too far from Barramundi Gorge. After walking deeper into this secluded locale, I caught a glimpse of swimming holes set beneath stone outcroppings before reaching a cliff.

Gazing up at the rock ceiling above me, I was astounded by the visions of kangaroos, sacred ceremonies, and other mysterious scenes.

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