We aboriginal people have obligations to care for our country, to look after djang, to communicate with our ancestors when on country and to teach all of this to the next generations.
- Combined statement from the Aboriginal members of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.
Kakadu is Aboriginal land
Park staff work hard to protect and conserve Kakadu's natural and cultural values, to promote the interests of traditional owners, and to encourage appropriate public use and appreciation of the area. In this context, an important aspect of Kakadu is the opportunity it offers for people to learn about and experience Aboriginal culture and the natural environment through tourism.
Since the late 1970s, traditional owners have leased their country to the Director of National Parks as part of Kakadu National Park. Through joint management, they have worked hard with park staff to balance the protection of their culture and the places that are important to them with the needs of visitors and other stakeholders.
A new Management Plan is being developed for Kakadu. Find out more.