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Twin Falls, Kakadu National Park, Australia.
This beautiful waterfall is located deep in the heart of Kakadu National Park. During the Northern Territory “wet season” this particular waterfall is only accessible by the air as all of the access roads are closed due to flooding, and apparently the surrounding waters have crocodiles in them.
Photo by @tassiegrammer (Instagram)

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GREEN-YELLOW. Alligator River, Kakadu National Park, Australia. A narrow belt of mangrove trees fringes the shore of the river, forming a frontier with the land. The deep green river water meets the yellow muddy water of a distributary. Their different levels of density make it impossible for them to mix. by Bernhard Edmaier

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Aboriginal rock art of the Algaihgo Fire Woman at the Kakadu National Park, NT, Australia.

Notice her four arms, and the banksias (a native Australian plant) attached to her head.

The Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service provide the following description of the image depicted on a sign near the site:

Algaihgo (pronounced Al-guy-go), the fire woman, is one of the First People or Nayuhunggi who created the world. She planted the yellow banksias in the woodlands and used their smouldering flowers to carry fire.

Stories about Algaihgo tell how she hunted rock possum, her favourite food, with the help of the dingoes which travelled with her.

People are afraid of Algaihgo because she kills and burns people, and avoid her Djang (sacred site) on the Arnhem Land Plateau where her spirit lives.

Photos taken by Hansjoerg Morandell.

The Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr, Kakadu National Park. Northern Territory, Australia.

“These paintings were done by Mimis. They are simple paintings. They are not new. Painted long time ago. They have been painted in red ochre and animals’s blood.”

-Jacob Nayinggul, Manilagarr clan, Aboriginal traditional owner.

Ancestral Art

The rock art of Ubirr tells two different stories. For archaeologists, the story is one of changing artistic styles. These reflect changes in the environment and Aboriginal society over many thousands of years. For Aboriginal land owners, the paintings tell the story of their country and their culture.

Look for a variety of small human figures. Archaeologists estimate these paintings to be 5,000 years old and describe them as Mountford Figures or Northern Running Figures.

Similar paintings can be found near the Rainbow Serpent. This style of art only occurs in a small region of Arnhem Land and northern Kakadu.

-Kakadu National Park.

Photo taken by Neerav Bhatt.