A new masterplan to breathe new life into Kakadu National Park incudes an expanded major events calendar focusing on increasing cultural events such as the Taste of Kakadu festival and seasonal ranger programs.
The Kakadu Tourism Master Plan will guide a $276 million rejuvenation of the World Heritage area as a national and international tourism destination, a showcase for Indigenous culture, a home to Indigenous communities and as one of the country’s most significant natural environments.
“We’ve listened and collaborated extensively with Traditional Owners and all stakeholders, and I made a point of extending the final consultation phase to ensure all voices were heard,” Minister for the Environment Susan Ley said.
“The plan reflects a landmark vision to breathe new life into one of Australia’s national treasures and it underlines our ongoing commitment to working with Traditional Owners.
“It will see Kakadu National Park build on its reputation as a world-class tourism site, one where visitors can experience and connect with the park’s unique cultural and natural values in a sustainable way.”
Over the next 10 years, the plan outlines new tourism facilities, new accommodation options, new experiences and greater access to sites.
“The park’s Traditional Owners want to see culturally appropriate tourism grow and we will work with them to achieve that outcome,” Ley said.