The Wetland Book pp 1951-1958 | Cite as

Wetlands of Kakadu National Park (Australia)

  • C. Max FinlaysonEmail author
Reference work entry


Kakadu National Park is located to the east of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. The main wetlands in the park include mangroves, salt flats, freshwater flood plains, and small permanent lakes (billabongs) as well as springs and pools along the many streams. The wetlands contain a high diversity of plants and animals that have adapted to the marked seasonal flooding and drying and/or to the tidal range. Threats include invasive species, salinisation of freshwater wetlands, recreational activities, and potential pollution from uranium mining. The park is managed jointly by the federal government and traditional Indigenous owners.


Floodplain wetlands Mangroves Invasive species Salinisation Indigenous owners 


  1. Bayliss BL, Brennan KG, Eliot I, Finlayson CM, Hall RN, House T, Pidgeon RWJ, Walden D, Waterman P. Vulnerability assessment of the possible effects of predicted climate change and sea level rise in the Alligator Rivers Region, Northern Territory, Australia. Supervising Scientist Report. 1997;123:134 pp.Google Scholar
  2. Bayliss P, van Dam R, Bartolo R. Quantitative ecological risk assessment of Magela Creek floodplain on Kakadu National Park: comparing point source risks from Ranger uranium mine to diffuse landscape-scale risks. Hum Ecol Risk Assess. 2012;18:115–51.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Director of National Parks. Kakadu National Park Plan of Management 2016–2026. Canberra, Australia. 2016.Google Scholar
  4. Finlayson CM. Plant ecology of Australia’s tropical floodplain wetlands: a review. Ann Bot. 2005;96:541–55.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  5. Finlayson CM, Woodroffe CD. Wetland vegetation. In: Finlayson CM, von Oertzen I, editors. Landscape and vegetation ecology of the Kakadu Region, Northern Australia, Geobotany, vol. 23. Dordrecht: Kluwer; 1996. p. 81–112.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Finlayson CM, Bellio MG, Lowry JB. A conceptual basis for the wise use of wetlands in northern Australia – linking information needs, integrated analyses, drivers of change and human well-being. Marine & Freshwater Research. 2005;56:269–277.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Finlayson CM, Lowry J, Bellio MG, Walden D, Nou S, Fox G, Humphrey CL, Pidgeon R. Comparative biology of large wetlands: Kakadu National Park, Australia. Aquat Sci. 2006;68:374–99.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Finlayson CM, Eliot I, Eliot M. A strategic framework for monitoring coastal change in Australia’s wet-dry tropics- concepts and progress. Aust Geogr. 2009;47:109–23.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Land, Water and SocietyCharles Sturt UniversityAlburyAustralia
  2. 2.The Institute for Water Education UNESCO-IHEDelftThe Netherlands

Personalised recommendations