Celebrating 30 years of throwing another shrimp on the barbie



It’s one of those things that easily comes to mind when thinking of Australia: shrimps on the barbie, and it was a term that was put widely into use back in 1984 when Paul Hogan of Crocodile Dundee fame urged US tourists to put Kakadu at the top of their list of places to go on holiday.

At the time everyone was Aussie crazy, or so it seemed and the ad campaign helped put Australia in the top ten dream vacations list for Americans.

Kakadu is certainly a breathtaking place to visit. Based in the Northern Territory of Australia, it’s a national park made up of rocky cliff faces, crocodiles and water buffalos, plus original Aboriginal rock paintings, which have attracted thousands of tourists over the years.

Its popularity seems set to remain on the rise, with our without the memory of the 30-year old ad campaign, as back in February US visits to Australia topped 500,000 for the first time. And it seems like the Crocodile Dundee image still strikes a chord with many of the visitors to Kakadu, with plenty opting to visit the park because of its sense of adventure.

To celebrate the fad of Crocodile Dundee and the “shrimp on a barbie” ad campaign, Rex Wild, chairman of Kakadu Tourism is planning Celebrate Hoges weekends all throughout March, which encourages visitors to come dressed up like the iconic character from the Crocodile Dundee set of films and enjoy some shrimp straight from the barbie.



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