Kakadu National Park - A must read for visitors

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 21:28

Baz - The Landy

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As we head into to drier and cooler months in Northern Australia, the Territory will see an influx of adventurers, travellers, and visitors to the wonderful Kakadu National Park.

Described as a “living cultural landscape” Kakadu is situated to the south of Darwin and easily accessible in the touring season, but I’m sure it is a wonderful part of Australia that needs little introduction.

On our trip to the Western Deserts last year I spent a short period in Alice Springs and stumbled across a wonderful book titled “Gagudjuman” by Bill Neidjie, published by JB Books Australia in 2005.

Big Bill, as he was known, was a driving force in a decision to lease his people’s traditional lands to the Australian Government so it could be managed as a wilderness area and resource to be shared by all Australians.

After establishing Kakadu as a National Park in 1979, Bill, who was the last surviving speaker of the Gaagudju language, returned to live and work in his homeland where he passed away in 2002. Today Kakadu continues to be governed by a board with a majority of indigenous Australians

This small book is beautifully presented in hardcover and has some splendid photographs reproduced within its covers, but importantly, it contains the words of Bill Neidjie where he writes,

“I give you this story”

I have read it through many times and I feel visitors to Kakadu will greatly enhance their experience of the area by reading the words of Bill, his story, prior to visiting.

You can find more details here…
Gagudjuman, by Bill Neidjie

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
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