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Mayali people have lived in the region for many thousands of years.

When the sea levels rose and the shoreline was along the edge of the escarpment people lived in the rocky areas of the escarpment country, a unique part of Australia and the home of many unique plant and animals species. Through long periods of isolation as geological changes have shaped this part of Australia unique species, such as the Banded Fruit-Dove (Adjmu; Ptilinopus cinctus), the Oenpelli Python (Nawaran; Morelia oenpelliensis), the Black Wallaroo (Barrk, Macropus bernardus), have evolved in the area and are only found in the escarpment areas of Kakadu.

The Jim Jim creek system has become the wonderful floodplain resource over the last 6,000 years as the sea levels retreated and the freshwater system we see today has developed. Aboriginal ancestors of the current Murumburri landowners have lived through all these changes and developed a rich culture in the region. Their knowledge and culture are shared through the Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp and associated activities. We invite you to come and experience the wonderful feel of this country and take some time to understand the land and the culture that makes this area so special.

Our People

Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp lies on Murumburr clan country on the edge of the Jim Jim river system, approximately 60-70kms downstream of the world famous Jim Jim Falls.

Murumburr clan and affiliate families continue to live in the unique Kakadu National Parks, where culture and tradition still remains strong. The traditional land owners thrive on the many bush foods that the six different seasons bring.

With 7 different habitats, an abundance of foods is easily found. Knowledge of the seasons and food has been passed down through many generations of dahbohdabolk that have traveled the land. These ancestors have left the remnants of stone tools and artefacts which continue to be used today.

The Murumburr clan and our family members welcome you to come and have a taste of a real “living cultural experience”, and of their daily lives.

Our Vision for the Future

To be self sustainable
To get more cultural management back onto our land
To create employment for our own
To be energy and environmentally efficient
To implement self determination to build a future for our people.

Come and join us and enjoy our culture.

Looking After Country

Looking after country is one of the most important responsibilities Indigenous people have. Our business is about developing the capability to get traditional cultural practices re-established on our county to keep the county, the people, the plants and the animals strong and healthy.

Kakadu National Park was established in 1980, and later became enlisted for its cultural and natural values. The park was recognised to the world in 1985. But for the people of Kakadu, Jowunj and Western Arhnem Land and surrounding Regions, clans who have lived and thrived in the areas have known for generations the important resources that the land has to offer our people.

Murumburr clan is known as being a wealthy clan because of the richness of bushtucker available from the large wetlands on Murumburr clan country. Neighbouring clans have often visited here, especially during Gurrung time, for sharing of artefacts and bush foods, especially magpie goose and long necked turtles.

After the wet season is over Yekke season is filled with the sound of the noisy dragon flies, indicating a changing of the season. The air become smoke filled, the waters recede and wetlands transform into a magical wetland wonder with fish spawning, barramundi and other big fish eating little fish and crocodile in abundance eating larger fish they easily catch from the run-off.

Come share our language, culture and enjoy tasting some of the bushfoods that we enjoy eating every day.

Feral Animal Control

Kakadu Billabong take all measures as best we can to input eradication procedures in place in partnership with the Kakadu National Park staff.

This will be the short term solution until our Murumburr clan Ranger Program is set in place, which will cover all aspects of land management practises which includes feral animals control.

More about our culture

Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp: family members

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Fire Management at Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp

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Mayali Seasons

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