Kakadu Du Du...Push Pineapple shake a tree!!!!

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Friday, October 20, 2006

We left Darwin early morning and drove to Kakadu National Park. First of all before we entered the park boundaries we stopped off at the Adelaide River and joined a morning cruise to Croc Spot! Now the actual name of this cruise is "Jumping Crocodile Cruise", and as the name suggests you are likely to see crocs jumping, it was all good fun, there are tons of crocs in the Adelaide River approx 10 every kilometre, they have Freshwater and Salties (the very vicious ones!) all living together in this one river. We saw some beautiful birds and enjoyed the boat trip immensley, the way they get the crocs to jump is to hang bits of meat off a stick into the river, crocs naturally jump for their prey anyway so its not like they are doing anything unethical, also they make sure that this is done way out on the river - not near jetties or anything - in fact we thought it might be a bit of a circus and it turned out it was really fun!

After the Croc Cruise we drove further along the Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park. Upon entering the park our first stop was the absolutley stunning Mamukala wetlands, at this time of the year there are hundreds even thousands of Magpie Geese all dotted on the wetland, it was a super sight, some of the birds would be bathing and cooling in the waters, other would be flying around, the area was especially green and it did in fact remind us a lot of Botswana in Africa.

From here we drove to the main service town in Kakadu which is called Jaibru, its almost the the last place you can travel before you start needing permits because you would soon after here venture into Arnhem Land.
Jaibru was unspectacular and so we drove on around to Nourlangie Rock, a huge sandstone rock with shelters in all different parts which display a mind boggling amount of Aborigibal Art, the artworks were beautiful and there were so many of them, we spent a good hour or so looking at all the different paintings on the rockface before heading up to the lookout which offered good views across the monsoon rainforests and the sandstone rocks in Kakadu.

Anbangbang Billabong was our next stop, we felt a bit uneasy as we were the only people there and crocs are very resident! We stopped for a while before heading to Cooinda and setting up camp for the night.

Early this morning we went to Yellow Waters, a gorgeous area of Kakadu, we saw a huge sea eagle perched up on a tree but much to Matts dismay - no Croc movement!!

Heading down to Uluru....shall take a couple of days to cover the 2000kms!

Hugs

Ali n Matt
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