You may have heard the rumours circulating about the possibility of Kakadu undergoing some major changes… Here’s everything you need to know.
Gunlom Falls – one of the most popular places to visit in Kakadu – is now closed to the general public until further notice. Previously, tourists were unable to visit the top part of the Falls, but now, they will also be unable to visit the stunning infinity pools.
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The decision comes after the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority (AAPA) have taken Parks Australia to court over sacred site offences. AAPA believes that Parks Australia has been in violation of their lease agreement by constructing a walking track in Gunlom Falls.
Mick Markham, chairperson for the Gunlom Land Trust, has weighed in stating that the traditional owners of the land believe this sacred site is not being properly respected by tourists. They have asked that the entire Gunlom Falls area remains closed until a decision has been made and legal action has been taken.
Make sure if you are currently in Kakadu, you respect the current laws and do not visit Gunlom Falls. If you were planning to visit the Falls on your Big Lap, don’t despair, there’s plenty more to see and do in Kakadu. Make sure you adjust your plans accordingly.
As a decision is yet to be made, ensure you monitor the news for the latest updates.
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